Brand launches drug recovery fund
Comedian Russell Brand has launched a fund to support people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
The Give It Up Fund, which was set up by Brand and will be managed by Comic Relief, helps those leaving drug and alcohol treatment reintegrate into the community.
The cash will help people with housing, finding a job, any health needs and will pay for social activities and support groups.
Brand said: "It's integral that people entering a life of abstinence after the chaos of addiction have stability, support and a role to play in the wider community.
"With this fund, we have the opportunity to perform a kind of social alchemy, turning hapless - often smelly - junkies into helpful busy bodies, pottering about and contributing."
Three pilot schemes will manage "recovery communities" to support those in need.
Comic Relief will also be awarding grants up to £5,000 to a range of groups run by people recovering from addiction, and other organisations.
Gilly Green, head of UK grants at Comic Relief said: "Comic Relief has supported those facing addiction for many years.
"We're looking forward to finding out more about the potential of recovery communities through these pilots and hearing more inspiring stories about how they can help people to recover from addiction."