Support to change, grow, live locally

9 August 2016

Crime Reduction Initiatives, the health and social care charity, has changed its name to change, grow, liv(CGL). To mark the rebrand locally, the centre based at Craven Park in Harlesden hosted an open day to highlight the services and worthwhile projects which the charity provide.


Liz Offor, CGLDirector, thanked everyone for coming and said: "We're excited to be able to show who we are and what we do to help people in the local community who are struggling with substance use. The project in Harlesden works with individuals who experience barriers and marginalisation, and amazing projects such as The Ghurkha service, and The Exit Project are tailored to help individuals to help them to make the changes they need to make to live independent and purposeful lives, and realise their ambitions.


Our new name reflects the fact that positive behavioural change is at the heart of what we do, CGL believe that everyone is capable of positive and lasting change and we wanted to have a charity name that more closely reflects this vision."


Sharing her story at the event, Nicola (45) who is a recovering alcoholic explained how the service helped her overcome her addition and said: "I lost my children because of my addiction and when they were taken from me I hit an all-time low. I was drinking to the point where I was blacking out for long periods of time. On occasions I couldn't even remember speaking to my key worker. As a woman and a mother it was dangerous.


"CGL never turned their back on me and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am today. The peer support programme was amazing I was never made to feel ashamed, I had someone who knew what I was going through and genuinely wanted to help. I last had a drink on 23 December 2015. I've completed my peer mentoring training and am volunteering in two projects. My dream is to help other mothers who are in the same position as I was."


Cllr Krupesh Hirani attended the event and said: "The work CGL do is inspiring and it is great to know that there is a dedicated service for those people in the borough who are vulnerable and need support. Drug and alcohol misuse can ruin lives, as we've heard first-hand, but CGL can turn lives around for the better. The council will support the service in any way we can to help the people who need it most."


Brent CGL helps those most vulnerable residents to access mainstream services to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.


For more information about the service email or call 020 8955 9710.