NERAFNorth East Regional Alcohol Forum (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England, UK)
NERAFNorth East Rural Affairs Forum (UK)
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Achieve with NERAF will work across Northumberland and Tyne and Wear on the project, supporting former convicts and those with community sentences.
Graham Frend, director of Achieve with NERAF, said: "With this new contract, we will be working closely with offenders to offer information, advice, and practical and emotional support, to help them break the cycle of addiction and offending.
If you are affected by alcohol abuse, contact NERAF on 0191 514 8520.
BATTLED ADDICTION Kevan Martin, chief executive of NERAF TRAGEDY Carieanne Downs pictured in happier times with her niece Chloe
Mr Martin says he formed NERAF in 2004 after the health system failed to help him through his own journey of addiction.
Jim Darlington, deputy regional director of Government Office for the North East said they have been chosen for the particular skills each new member offers that will help develop NERAF and assist the organisation in achieving its goals.
Projects that NERAF has been involved in have included 'rural proofing' One NorthEast's regional economic strategy, advising on the development of the region's first Rural Development Programme and helping establish the rural board to decide and promote the region's rural priorities.
Working with NERAF has given us the opportunity to provide academic and research expertise to a valuable organisation while working alongside the team in a holistic way.
It has also given us the opportunity to work alongside the NERAF team in a genuinely collaborative way.
NERAF was set up around 18 months ago, but only officially launched last week.
A series of roadshows are being held throughout the North-East to give people more information on NERAF.
Kevan Martin, general manager at NERAF, said: "This is a ground-breaking innovative approach to tackling the effects that alcohol misuse is bringing to our communities.