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We help people who have a family member who uses drugs or alcohol.  

The charity was founded in 1997 as a result of local women’s concerns about absence of support for families.  

What initially began as a peer support meeting evolved into a group of active citizens with enough confidence to take action on social issues surrounding drug and alcohol misuse, in particular the emotional, health and economic effect on carers. 

In a relatively short space of time PROPS grew from a small community group to a charity which has helped thousands of families from the North East and beyond.  

In 2003 PROPS were awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Award for Service to Local Communities, and our then Chair, the late Val Clark, was recognised as a Local Hero in the Year of the Volunteer receiving her award in London from the Home Secretary. 

Founder, Val Clark