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Drugs helpline boost with windfall from High Street bank

PUBLISHED: 15:56 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:34 05 October 2010

DRUGS charity volunteers have received a £40,000 windfall from a High Street bank to expand their national legal advice helpline run from their offices in East London. This means phones can be manned for an additional two hours every day, doubling the number of calls the Release charity can handle

DRUGS charity volunteers have received a £40,000 windfall from a High Street bank to expand their national legal advice helpline run from their offices in East London.

This means phones can be manned for an additional two hours every day, doubling the number of calls the Release charity can handle.

The organisation can now recruit two more advisors at their call centre in Hackney with the grant from Lloyds TSB.

The centre gets calls on issues dealing with severe drug dependencies, parents looking for advice about how to approach the topic of drugs with their children and people concerned about their legal rights over drug testing at work.

The charity, which uses its 40 years of expertise working with addicts and their families to campaign on the legal and political issues, is now keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering, particularly those with legal experience or current law students, on 020-7749 4044.

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Release advice helpline operates 11am-1pm and 2-4pm Monday to Friday on 0845-4500215.

www.release.org.uk

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