Drop-in bus comes to Inverurie

The Teen Challenge Bus: The bus will be in Inverurie every Thursday afternoon to help people with addictions. Pictured are Senior Support Worker Andrew Marjoram and former addict Roger Henderson. Picture: Susann Brown
The Teen Challenge Bus: The bus will be in Inverurie every Thursday afternoon to help people with addictions. Pictured are Senior Support Worker Andrew Marjoram and former addict Roger Henderson. Picture: Susann Brown

A DROP-IN bus providing help and support for people suffering from substance abuse, is now a regular in Inverurie town centre.

The specially converted vehicle will be parked in the vicinity of Inverurie town hall, every Thursday afternoon, from 2pm until 4pm.

The Teen Challenge bus will be there to offer advice, counsel and referral to other services for help.

Andrew Marjoram, Senior Support Worker at Teen Challenge, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to bring our mobile drop-in service to Inverurie. Sadly, drugs and alcohol continue to wreak havoc across the North-east, with many, many lives being utterly destroyed by addictions.

“At Teen Challenge we can help hurting people be set free from their problems and our drop-in bus provides a safe and comfortable environment for men and woman to come on board for a hot drink and chat.”

Helping Andrew, is support worker, Roger Henderson. Roger, who was addicted to heroin and Valium, has been on the programme for nine months and is now strong enough to help others. He said: “The programme has changed my life.”

Teen Challenge North East Scotland runs a residential rehabilitation programme for people with life controlling addictions.

Based on Christian principles, the programme combines class-based studies and practical workshops, which equip students with a broad range of skills.

For further information on Teen Challenge, please call the Sunnybrae Centre on (01651) 891 627, the Benaiah centre on (01771) 620 100 or visit www.tcns.org.uk.