Bridgegate Drug Services, a local charity that has served the people of Peterborough for over 26 years, is to close its doors for good at the end of July.

Founded by a committed group of local people to provide advice, information, counselling and support to substance misusers, their families and friends, Bridgegate expanded and grew to meet Service User’s needs, including the ground breaking COSMIC service for the children of those who misuse substances.

In 2007, Bridgegate formed a partnership with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust under the banner of Peterborough Drug Services, and was commissioned to provide support and interventions for drug users across Peterborough.

Following the sad loss of this contract in 2011, the Board of Bridgegate commissioned research designed to identify areas of need for those who misuse substances in our city. After much consideration and heart searching the Board reached the decision to wind down Bridgegate Drug Services this month, sadly not because of lack of need but rather because of lack of resources within the Charity.

Bridgegate’s Board has announced its decision to sponsor this year’s Volunteer Awards, hosted by PCVS, in tribute and grateful thanks to the many volunteers that have supported Bridgegate over the years.

Finally, the Board wishes to express its hope that there may be a return to the commissioning of high quality, locally driven services in Peterborough for those who misuse illicit substances, some of the most vulnerable people in our local population.