A drug and alcohol worker who supports families in Southampton impacted by the use of drugs and alcohol has won a national prize for her outstanding commitment and expertise.
Jacqui White, who works for Change Grow Live Drug and Alcohol Support Service in Southampton was awarded the 2019 Gary Seaman Award by national charity Adfam.
Change Grow Live Southampton provides advice, treatment and support to anyone concerned by their or someone else’s use of drugs or alcohol. This vital Public Health service is funded by Southampton City Council.
Over the past 13 years Jacqui has given emotional and practical support to numerous families and individuals to help them overcome the impact of drugs and alcohol and improve their lives.
Jacqui was nominated by colleague Jennifer Luchoomun from Southampton General Hospital, who spoke of her extensive knowledge, inspirational attitude and ability to “think outside the box”.
Jacqui was presented with the award by broadcaster Clare Balding.
“The recognition and appreciation of my ongoing work is great, but to see a family become guardians of their own recovery is the greatest award of all. When a family is torn apart and then become one again, is something that cannot be put into words,” said Jacqui.
If you or anyone you know is affected by their or someone else’s use of drugs or alcohol, help is at hand. If you are 24 or under, contact Dash on 02380224224. If you are 25 or over, contact CGL Southampton on 02380717171.