I really value the work of Escape. They work tirelessly to support carers of people with substance misuse disorders and to raise awareness and understanding with agencies of the issues and challenges these carers face. Due to the stigma they feel, these carers often do not feel able to access the support available to other carers. Escape have been keen to work in partnership and have been strengthening the links with substance misuse services over the last year, I hope that this will develop further in the future.

Liz Robinson, Senior Public Health Manager

Escape offers an excellent service to the carers it supports, who often feel marginalised due to the nature of their caring role. Kinship carers especially appreciate the support and activities available to themselves and the children they care for.

Debra Dodds, Self Directed Support, Prevention and Carers Northumbria Healthcare

As Alcohol Specialist Nurses employed by the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we witness the devastating impact alcohol addiction has not only on the individual but their nearest and dearest. For those who are still lucky enough to have support, families members will often voice feelings of total desperation, utter despair and complete isolation. Escape Family Support are an invaluable service, offering the bespoke care and support families of Northumberland really need. The referral process is seamless, and we are always confident that families will be contacted in good time, listened to and given appropriate support.

Linda Sample, Alcohol Specialist Nurse, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation

ESCAPE offer an invaluable service to families living within our community. We know from talking to families how well known they are and the impact they have on children and families lives particularly those affected by substance misuse. They have worked in partnership with the children’s centres for a number of years and more recently have helped to support the Early Help offer for children aged 0-19 through direct delivery of the Strengthening Families Programme within one of our centres and by being key partners within our Network group.

Jean Hedley, Children Centre, Early Help Locality Manager

Lloyds Bank Foundation has funded the Recovery project for the last three years and it’s been great to see that a number of people who’ve attended the project have moved onto volunteering, and/or have become peer mentors with the project.

Louise Telford, Lloyds Bank Foundation

Escape offers a wide variety of courses and programmes which are an excellent resource for families seeking support. I have received positive feedback from families I have referred and will continue to refer families in the future.

Cheryl Condy, Social Worker

Working with the staff and volunteers at Escape was amazing. Everyone was so committed and worked really hard together to create a relaxing garden for everyone to enjoy. Volunteers learnt new skills such as path building/identifying native wild flowers and building a stone feature everyone was so welcoming to me, I really miss working at ESCAPE. It is such a lovely place to be as all the staff and volunteers are so sincere and open/friendly.

Jane Austin-Walker, Senior Project Officer

Museums Northumberland; Bait project, has worked closely with ESCAPE Family Support’s carers, service users and staff to ensure that art is embedded within their everyday activities to support both individual, and family wellbeing.

Lisa Blaney, Arts for Wellbeing Manager, Woodhorn/BAIT

ESCAPE’s contribution to the development and delivery of the NSCB’s Impact of Substance Use in Families course has been greatly appreciated. They have brought examples of the issues experienced by local families and given delegates clear messages about how to support users and family members to access help and support. Meeting ESCAPE staff makes the wider workforce feel more confident to liaise with the service for specialist advice or to support clients with self-referral and ongoing support from ESCAPE.

Anne Lambert, NSCB

My contact with ESCAPE this year has been friendly, supportive and helpful. I have been designing a poster to encourage members of the public to report any incidences of children being groomed for drug trafficking purposes to Crime Stoppers alongside setting up a project called AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION UK. I was a client of ESCAPE nearly 20 years ago and I have found that the same kind and therapeutic atmosphere is still there today

Auriol Irwin-Cottan, AGAINST Child Exploitation UK

It has been a pleasure to have worked with ESCAPE Family Support over this past year. As part of my PhD research, Sarah and Elaine have offered support in helping me connect with Kinship Carers to become participants for the study. In addition, Sarah and Elaine have been very welcoming and accommodating in offering the study participants and myself a familiar space to work from. Having Elaine join some of the fieldwork sessions also helped to widen the perspective of the study, creating alternative pathways for the participants to explore. It has also been very interesting for me, to learn more about the valuable work that ESCAPE Family Support do on a regular basis.

Kim Hall, Kinship Researcher, Northumbria University