The sum is the second investment from the newly launched Fund, managed by Northstar Ventures, and will help Achieve with NERAF
to deliver a Government contract.
Graham Frend, director of Achieve with NERAF
, said: "Many offenders have complex, multiple problems and live chaotic lives.
Former alcoholic Kevan Martin, who formed NERAF
after battling booze addiction for 20 years, said today: "This lady's death and her child's is so sad to hear.
Mr Martin says he formed NERAF
in 2004 after the health system failed to help him through his own journey of addiction.
provides long-term aftercare and support to those affected by alcohol misuse.
aims to promote the interests of rural communities and help government bodies improve their services.
The Centre for Public Policy, which has had a team of staff working with NERAF
, organised the meeting.
Mr Martin, 44, of Whitley Bay, who helped set up NERAF
after suffering alcohol problems himself, said the issue was mainly one of funding.
Chief executive of NERAF
, Kevan Martin, set up the charity after health services failed to help him through his own addiction.
wants to recruit members of all ages from all sectors of society and is particularly looking for members with experience or interest in rural business, as well as issues such as tourism, housing and health and education services.
The project, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, is being run by the North East Regional Alcohol Forum (NERAF
) in Sunderland.
To book a seat contact the NERAF
on (0191) 569 9563 or visit www.neraf.org.uk