Addaction Grantham and Greggs unite to provide free breakfasts for vulnerable people

Addaction staff Ann Hatcher, Candy Garner and Tanya Payne, with morning food and hot drinks for service users.
Addaction staff Ann Hatcher, Candy Garner and Tanya Payne, with morning food and hot drinks for service users.
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Leading UK drug, alcohol and mental health charity, Addaction, is running a breakfast drop-in club free to service users from its premises on Grantham High Street.

And with the recent wintry weather, the hot drinks and hearty food served between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, have proved particularly popular.

People of all ages and from all walks of life who have previously engaged with Addaction are eligible to turn up and enjoy piping hot teas and coffees along with healthy cereal, bread and pastries - kindly donated for free by leading food-on-the-go retailer, Greggs.

There is also a warm, supportive atmosphere and a listening ear if they need it.

One Breakfast Club member at Grantham said: “There’s nothing better than to come here, have a warm cup of tea, and something to eat. You can offload your troubles too.”

Another added: “The Addaction staff are always on hand for support with whatever you may need it for. You could say it’s created a safe, warm welcoming environment to go to”.

Team leader for Addaction Grantham in Lincolnshire, Toni-Anne Washbrook, said: “Vulnerable people, or those in treatment or recovery, can sometimes feel very isolated. Mornings can be particularly difficult for them, especially they’re living rough and it’s cold.

“By providing free breakfasts and company in a warm environment, we’re encouraging our service users to get up and about and talking to others from the start of the day.

“As well as our regular treatment sessions and counselling, we often find the extra camaraderie, friendship and encouragement of others in these informal groups is key to helping our service users on the road to recovery.

“Addaction works throughout Lincolnshire inspiring and supporting adults, children and young adults to make positive life changes.

“We are extremely grateful to Greggs for their generous donations.”

For more information on the work of Addaction, go to www.addaction.org.uk