Multi-faith helpline seeks funding again

A charity is to relaunch a bid to win funding for a drugs help-line targeted at both the Muslim and Jewish communities after failing in its first attempt.

Drugsline, based in Ilford, Essex, is applying to the Pilgrim Trust for funding to double its opening hours and boost the numbers of volunteers from Muslim communities. Redbridge Council rejected a previous bid.

Operations director Christina Ball said there were “many similarities” between the two communities in the way drug misuse attracted shame and stigma.

The funding would allow the charity, which was founded by a rabbi and already has strong links in the Jewish community, to set up a one-year pilot scheme.

“The value of a service that seeks to work with both communities seems more relevant now than ever,” added Ball.

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