ISLAND LIFE Sponsors and guests at last year's gala dinner at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor Inset picture: William Bailey on The Works undergo an intensive 12-week programme which runs five-days-a-week, from 10am to 4pm. It is a big commitment, but even in the short time the programme has been in operation two young people have graduated. John continued: “If someone has been using drink or drugs for years you cannot turn their life around without it taking some time. It is a full-time intensive programme for people who really are stuck and want to change their lives” The Works is based on the popular 12-step programme but also incorporates other well researched and proven models of care. Anyone can self refer, but all Island GPs have been made aware of the programme. The intensive 12-week course also covers 52 www.visitislandlife.com issues such as motivation, relapse prevention and anger management and once people complete the 12 weeks they can join a peer support group and stay in touch. The annual gala dinner and grand auction at The Royal Hotel, Ventnor on December 2 promises to be a very special occasion not to be missed. Among the items up for auction will be a helicopter trip to Bath and a dinner party at home, prepared by a top Island chef. The entire cost of the evening is met by The Royal Hotel and every penny raised goes entirely to The Works project. Tickets are £100 per person to include a three-course dinner and carefully selected wines. For anyone wishing to stay over there is a special rate of £65 per person which includes a leisurely breakfast – again with every penny going to the charity. William Bailey, Director of The Royal Hotel, said: “It’s very easy to vilify young addicts but how does that help? Addiction is a real problem that ruins lives and affects society. I believe we need to provide these youngsters with an opportunity to tackle their addiction and give them the tools to lead a life free from drugs and drink. This is why we support The Works, a much-needed service on the Island.” For more information visit www. theworksiow.co.uk or for gala dinner bookings contact The Royal Hotel. Tel: 01983-852186.