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MP joins Surrey charities to talk cuts and crime (4th Aug 11 at 9:13am UTC)
Local charities are inviting residents to a public meeting at 12.30pm 1st September at the Mandolay Hotel, Guildford. The Big Grassroots Debate is a chance to question charity leaders and Guildford MP Anne Milton on community issues around chaotic and traumatised people.

Panel guests include Southern Addictions Advisory Service (SAdAS), Surrey Law Centre, the domestic abuse charity Your Sanctuary and Oakleaf Enterprises which helps unemployed people find work, as well as Ms Milton.

New research will also be revealed about charities teaming up with public services to reduce local offences. A year long study into SAdAS’ work with Community Incident Action Groups in Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead suggests remarkable results are possible. Working with 49 people that persistently commit substance-related community offences reduced their cost to public services by 75 per cent. There was also a 79 per cent decrease in violent incidents. This small sample of outreach work alone saved local services £700,330.

CEO of SAdAS, Haydn Morris said:
“At SAdAS we work with people who are estranged from society. Crack addicts and alcoholics aren’t everyone’s idea of a worthy cause, making them an easy target for cuts. Yet, when you do the maths, society cannot afford to lose effective outreach services. Chaotic people create immense damage when left without support, but the right help transforms lives and protects communities. The question is how can charities and public services work better together to get the results we all want?

This debate is an opportunity for charities, public services and the people they serve to join forces in this endeavour.”

As well as quizzing the panel on the day, you can send questions in advance to moira.robertson@sadas.org.uk

The Big Grassroots Debate will take place between 12.30-4.30pm on Thursday 1st September at the Mandalay Hotel, Guildford, GU1 2AE. To book a free place please call Moira Robertson on 01483 590150 or email the above address.
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