Beach cleans to celebrate Addaction Life Skills

June 30th, 2016 by

VOLUNTEERS and staff have been cleaning beaches at Porthtowan and Bude as part of Addaction’s Life Skills Week.

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 Life Skills Co-ordinator Rachel MacDermot with Neil Hembrow from Keep Britain Tidy at Widemouth Bay  beach clean

Joined by Keep Britain Tidy, the group collected plastic rubbish and litter from Widemouth and Porthtowan beaches, while learning about environmental issues such as micro plastics.

Addaction is the leading charity in the UK providing support to those affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse.

The Addaction team plans to carry out further beach cleans supported by Keep Britain Tidy before organising a programme of community beach cleans to carry out independently.

Life Skills Week is promoting and celebrating the work that takes place in the drug and alcohol service to support people to develop skills, confidence and support networks to help with moving away from addiction and into recovery.

Other activities throughout the week have included cookery sessions, allotment trials and a photography competition as well as launching a therapeutic garden project at Penzance funded by Santander Foundation.

Addaction Life Skills Co-ordinator Rachel MacDermot said: “These were great fun and an idea that came from clients who want to give back to the community and combat the stigma they so often receive. Showing recovery to be such a positive experience will also hopefully inspire others who are thinking about tackling their alcohol or drugs use to get in touch and realise there is some great support here for them.”

To find out more about Addaction visit www.addaction.org.uk or for local support and advice call 0333 2000 325.

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Crime, policing and fire news update: May 2016

June 27th, 2016 by

Update on the latest news and information on police, crime and fire issues

Contents

  1. Home Secretary’s speech at the Police Federation Conference
  2. Home Secretary’s speech on fire reform
  3. Policing and Crime Bill update
  4. Police transformation fund
  5. New fund to provide safe places for people in a mental health crisis
  6. New joint forensic and biometric service
  7. Psychoactive Substances Act now in force
  8. Proposed revisions to magistrates’ court guidelines
  9. Proposed guidelines for sentencing of young offenders
  10. Promoting the National Citizen Service for your teen campaign
  11. Crime, policing and fire news update changes
  12. Speeches
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Cornwall Pilot “Health as a Licensing Objective” (HaLO)

June 27th, 2016 by

On Wednesday 8th June the Cornwall DAAT and Amethyst ran a workshop for Licensing Committee members at Epiphany House in Truro. Also in attendance were representatives from CC Department of Public Health, CC Licensing Officers, CC Legal Department, CC Adult Care, PHE and Devon and Cornwall Police Licensing.

The workshop came off the back of four months of work after Cornwall were invited to be one of only eight areas nationally to take part in a Public Health England (PHE) pilot to look at the feasibility of adding the Protection of Public Health as a 5th Objective to The Licensing Act 2003.

HALO

Data Tool

Using the data gathered as part of the project and that which was already available for Cornwall, Amethyst built an evidence-based tool which can be used to determine the potential risk that the availability of alcohol currently poses in any given location in Cornwall. The user simply has to type in a post code and will be presented with an array of data relevant to that area.

The workshop introduced the concept of the data tool to the audience and then ran through two test cases based on two prominent licensed premises in Cornwall. The presentation included both representations of the data in a table and through the use of mapping which compared the immediate area with its surroundings in respect of the key data indicators.

During the presentation of the case studies the audience were asked to consider a number of questions relating to the potential use of this concept for future licensing meetings and whether a 5th Licensing Objective was necessary.

Feedback from the event was very positive with members voicing support for the new, easily accessible way in which the data had been presented. Opinion was split over whether a 5th Licensing Objective is required, with some members of the view that the data can be used best in supporting and increasing the sphere of influence for the current objectives, whereas others thought that the available data was enough to create the 5th Objective on its own. As the one rural member of the pilot, Cornwall will report these findings back to PHE now the pilot has reached its conclusion.

Moving Forward

The Licensing Committee has invited Jez Bayes from the Cornwall DAAT and James Butler from Amethyst to present to more members on 28th June. The group will use this meeting to further assess how the data tool and mapping can be utilised to affect future licensing outcomes. This work in expanding the HaLO project will take place in addition to any further action taken nationally by PHE, with Cornwall looking to get ahead of the game in expanding Public Health’s existing role in safeguarding and preventing harm to the local population.

For anyone interested in further information, please contact either

Jez Bayes, Alcohol Strategy Lead, CIOS DAAT, jbayes@cornwall.gov.uk

or

James Butler, Strategic Analyst, Safer Cornwall, jbutler1@cornwall.gov.uk

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White Ribbon Campaign

June 10th, 2016 by

On Saturday 7th May 2016, local Police and Fire and Rescue Service and SEEDs (representing survivors of domestic abuse) attending a charity rugby match between Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute at the Pirates Ground Penzance to raise awareness of the White Ribbon Campaign supported by Safer Cornwall .

WR 7th May 2016

The White Ribbon campaign aims to prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and promote respectful relationships.  It is led by men who are willing to take a stand against Violence Against Women and Girls and be positive role models to other men in the community.

At the event, volunteers from SEEDs, and police staff provided match-goers with stickers, information postcards and white ribbons. They raised knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and the White Ribbon Campaign to the general public, in partnership led by Advocates of the campaign and lead or assist with activity that will be taking place in their area over the coming six months.

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Cookbook launched by Addaction volunteers

June 10th, 2016 by

A COOKBOOK has been launched this week as part of Addaction Cornwall’s Life Skills Week.

Cookbook launch

The book is packed with easy to follow recipes that can help cut down   your shopping bill as well as helpful tips and ideas.

All money raised from the sale of the book will be used to continue to run the cooking groups that run across the county, teaching Addaction clients vital cooking skills to keep themselves and their families healthy without breaking the bank.

Addaction is the leading charity in the UK providing support to those affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse.

Put together by members of the cooking groups, it was launched at Addaction’s services in Liskeard and Redruth with a Cooking for Colleagues event. Plenty of the recipes in the book were tried out during the event, which saw fellow service users and staff tuck in to the tasty offerings.

The week-long event is promoting and celebrating the work that takes place in the drug and alcohol service to support people to develop skills, confidence and support networks to help with moving away from addiction and into recovery.

Other activities throughout the week have included beach cleans, allotment trials and a photography competition as well as launching a therapeutic garden project at Penzance funded by Santander Foundation.

Addaction Life Skills team co-ordinator Natalie Guest said: “Many of these ideas came from clients and volunteers who want to give back to the community and combat the stigma they so often receive. Showing recovery to be such a positive experience will also hopefully inspire others who are thinking about tackling their alcohol or drugs use to get in touch and realise there is some great support here for them.”

To find out more about Addaction visit www.addaction.org.uk or for local support and advice call 0333 2000 325.

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