New commissioned street outreach response team

October 30th, 2019 by

Rough sleepers across Cornwall will receive outreach support thanks to Addaction and Cornwall Housing funded via Cornwall Council.

Addaction Cornwall, who currently provide drug and alcohol support in the area, has been awarded the Rough Sleepers Outreach Contract by Cornwall Housing.

As part of the project, Addaction outreach workers will be employed to engage and support some of Cornwall’s most vulnerable people currently living on the street. The project will run in partnership with the charity Homeless Link’s StreetLink service.

If a member of the public is concerned about someone sleeping rough they can send an alert to StreetLink through the mobile app, www.streetlink.org.uk, or by calling 0300 500 0914. The referral will be sent to Addaction Cornwall and an outreach worker will go to the location where the rough sleeper was seen at to engage and support them.

Outreach workers will develop personalised care plans for rough sleepers, supporting them into housing and treatment services. They will also carry the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone to extend harm reduction efforts.

Lynda Edward is the Multiple Complex Needs Manager at Addaction Cornwall and will be managing the service. Lynda said:

“We know that many people who are forced to sleep on the streets have multiple complex needs such as drug and alcohol and mental health issues. Often these people can struggle to engage with services so, rather than waiting for them to come to us, this project is about proactively engaging and supporting this group. outreach workers will provide a package of care focused on helping people get the personalised support they need. This could be accompanying them to a housing appointment, helping them access drug treatment or helping them with financial issues. All support will be centred around the needs of the individual.

“No one should have to sleep rough in Cornwall or anywhere else. We believe this dedicated service can help many people start to rebuild their lives.”

Nick Cross, Cornwall Housing Managing Director adds “We recognise the passion the Addaction team have to help people make changes and improve their lives. We look forward to bringing together the newly commissioned street outreach response team with our wider services to prevent and relieve homelessness in Cornwall.

“Over the last few years Cornwall Housing has worked to reduce the number of rough sleepers across the county. I have no doubt that with Addaction’s support we will be able to support the most vulnerable so no one needs to sleep rough in Cornwall.”

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The Nominations Are…

October 29th, 2019 by

Coastline Housing Homeless Team has been nominated and short listed for a Markel 3rd Sector Care, Collaboration (Integration) Award in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT). The nomination was for their work on the administration of Naloxone in the Coastline Housing Homeless service. The ceremony announcing the winner will take place on Friday the 6th December at London Marriott Hotel.

Coastline Housing and the DAAT have been working to support those who are rough sleeping, and experience complex needs such as drug and alcohol issues. In the past year, this service helped 1,117 people, and homes have been provided for over 4,500 families.

The use of Naloxone helps save lives in the event of an overdose, and by promoting its use they have helped encourage drug users to be open to engaging with treatment services and get support to address their behaviour.

All staff have been trained through the DAAT training program to be able to recognise signs of overdose and how to apply the key steps in saving lives. Their aim is to put these skills into their everyday work to help save lives and guide those though a positive road to recovery.

It is extremely rewarding to see the outcome of the work with Naloxone and what it has achieved. Since 2016, 41 people have been saved across complex needs supported housing providers and it is now being used in all 12 properties provided by the Coastline Housing Service. It is crucial that this work continues and it is great to see their achievements have been recognised.

Article by Chloe Crilly

 

 

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Time Credits: a success story but what does the future hold?

October 16th, 2019 by

Impact and successes

Time Credits, commissioned by Cornwall Council has been delivered by Tempo since 2017.  The project helps to support vulnerable individuals with multiple needs to better engage with and contribute to their communities by earning credits through volunteering and spending them at the various spend opportunities that have been created across the county.

The first client group was made up of people with complex and multiple needs, including drug and alcohol problems or those experiencing issues with homelessness.  The idea being that if we could make it work for our most vulnerable individuals we could make it work for anyone.   The project started in Penzance so spend partners could be successfully recruited before rolling out to other areas.  Time Credits now work with those who have experienced Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and also with young people and has expanded across Cornwall.

This is the Cornwall Time credit that was co-produced with service users and agencies in Cornwall.  Individuals are awarded a time credit for each hour of volunteering.

 

This has been a very successful project, exceeding all targets.  There are now over 40 spend partners, including  Cornwall College, Merlin and WCT cinemas, Better Leisure; Hall for Cornwall and Flambards.  There are also 50 Earn partners/Community groups involved including Addaction, Harbour Housing, Newstart and other supported housing providers; DASV services and refuges; Young people services including the YOS and accommodation foyers.  There are 644 signed up members, which is almost 3 times more than the target of 235 people.

The Tempo National Impact on success states that:

  • 80% report improved quality of life
  • 63% feel more able to contributed to the community and other people
  • 59% share their skills with others
  • 57% feel less isolated and lonely
  • 55% develop new friends and acquaintances
  • 54% feel more positive about their future

 

One of our Earn Partners said the following:

“Supporting the residents to engage in voluntary work and being able to acknowledge and reward them is a massive boost to their confidence, self-esteem & well-being.”

Rachel Battleday, Cosgarne Hall

“Time Credits makes me more engaged and involved with STAK outings and has allowed me to try things and visit places I wouldn’t have been able to on my pension. It’s such a wonderful idea.”

St Austell Community Kitchen User

 

Moving forwards

The contract and funding for this very successful project is due to come to an end in March 2020.  It has achieved all targets; signed up almost 3 times the number of vulnerable individuals than expected.  It is now time for us to decide whether or not this project continues.

In November, a visioning day, is being planned in order to consider the options and agree the best way to progress.

 

 

 

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SW Peninsula Drug Related Death Conference

October 10th, 2019 by

On Friday 6th September the SW Peninsula Drug Related Death Conference was held at The China Fleet Club, Saltash, this being the 9th time this conference has been held.

This year proved to be the largest attendance of all the conferences held with over 170 delegates.

A full days program saw 9 plenary sessions being delivered by a total of 13 speakers. The subject matter was eclectic, informative and adduced from investigating the many drug related deaths that have happened over the last year. The learning and best practice coming from these investigations was expanded upon by experts in their field to the benefit of all delegates.

The tangible positive feel of this conference was evident in the refreshment breaks where many and varied practitioners exchanged thoughts, ideas and future networking opportunities. Below are some of the many positive feedback comments from across The Peninsula;

‘I hadn’t been particularly looking forward to it simply because the subject matter is never one that fills your heart with joy, but I really enjoyed the day.  However, it was only when I got home and was talking about all the various nuggets of information that had particularly caught my attention that I realised it was something from each of the speakers, and I realised how well it all fitted together and how much I’d picked up from them all’.

‘Many thanks for organising such an informative and social type event’.

‘I would definitely attend again as the information sharing is a great way of learning and getting to meet lots of different practitioners as well’

‘A fantastic day that really made me think, and think differently about how to change the system’.

‘Thank you for inviting so many mental health staff’

The conference will return in 2020 buoyed up by the optimism that delegates shared and their commitment to reduce drug related deaths despite the many pressures that there currently are on all agencies involved in this important work

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Community Safety & DAAT Training Programmes

October 3rd, 2019 by

Between the months of April and September, the following training courses have been delivered for Community Safety & Fire staff and services, including Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, Housing, Employment, Anti-Social Behaviour, Mental Health, Pharmacists & GPs and Drug & Alcohol treatment staff:

9x Alcohol Intervention & Brief Advice

A total of 154 people attended and completed the 3 hour Alcohol IBA session.

6x Basic Drug Awareness

A total of 92 people attended and completed the 1 day BDA course.

2x Community Hospital Alcohol Detoxification (CHAD) training

A total of 18 people attended and completed this course.

5x Connect 5 Stage 1-3 Mental Wellbeing training

A total of 29 people attended and completed the 3 stages of the Connect 5 course in the Isles of Scilly.

6x Dual Diagnosis courses

A total of 104 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course.

The availability of this course has been opened up to the wider circulation!

1x Stress Management: Faster EFT Eutaptics Seminar

FEFT/Eutaptics is a system that looks at how our minds successfully create our problems and subsequently how we can work with the mind to change them.

A total of 57 people attended the evening seminar in June 2019.

11x Motivational Interviewing (general)

A total of 167 people attended and completed the 1 day general MI courses.

7x Young People’s Substance Awareness and Screening

A total of 50 people attended and completed the 1 day YP Screening course

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“One Too Many?”

October 2nd, 2019 by

An invitation to check the safety of your alcohol use.

“One Too Many?” is a new Cornwall Public Health campaign that promotes the use of the Drinks Meter App and website, through a dedicated ‘Healthy Cornwall’ web page: https://www.healthycornwall.org.uk/onetoomany that links to the App download site: https://bit.ly/2kUU7IP

Based on Cornwall’s alcohol related hospital admissions statistics, the target group is middle aged men, with the specific starting point being those who watch sport while having a beer or three.

As such, the Social Media and video messaging and visuals are geared towards that group, aiming to ask inviting questions that draw people to download the App and then assess their own intake level, and other alcohol related risk factors

If people then want to talk to a local service at any stage, based on their App feedback, Healthy Cornwall are ready and waiting. Any appropriate cases can also be referred to Addaction, the local alcohol treatment provider.

As time goes on, over the next 12 months this the campaign may broaden beyond this specific target group, with the next step up being Alcohol Awareness Week starting on November 11th, and the4n the festive Season and New Year period.

 

In the first couple of weeks of the campaign, which has had a deliberately slow start in order to make sure everything is set up and working, there have been over 70 clicks through to the App stores from these posts.

The campaign launch has also been backed up in a Cornwall Council Newsletter, and an article on the website, “7 Signs you might be drinking too much” (https://bit.ly/2lNCDOL) which also features the Cornwall Council ‘Safe Drinking Levels’ video: https://youtu.be/PikUdQbVKeo

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We like to recognise some of the amazing work that our volunteers do

September 16th, 2019 by

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Online survey for families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with a substance use problem

July 10th, 2019 by

Thanks to funding from Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), Adfam is working with the University of York to find out about the experiences and needs of families of former members of the UK Armed Forces with substance use problems, before utilising these findings to develop a new peer support intervention for this group of families.

We recently launched an online survey to hear from families first-hand:
http://bit.ly/family-veterans-survey

This survey is specifically for any family member of a former member of the UK armed forces with a substance use problem. If you are eligible, please do take part and tell us more about your experiences  – and if you work with any families affected in this way please share this information with them and circulate across your networks.

The survey will take up to 45 minutes to complete.

All participants are in with a chance of winning one of two £50 high street vouchers.

Take part in the survey here:
http://bit.ly/family-veterans-survey

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Tombstoning dangers warning

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Safety talks around drugs and alcohol

July 7th, 2019 by

Secondary schools in Mid Cornwall have been working with the Youth Intervention Officer Pc Jay Dorman in delivering safety talks around drugs and alcohol.

With year 11 students leaving for the summer, and the summer holidays looming, students have been learning about the dangers of drugs and issues around underage drinking.

Working alongside YZUP, children are being informed about what drugs are currently out there and the risks associated with using them. Students are now aware more than ever of the health implications around drugs use. Also, the law and the consequences of being found in possession of illegal drugs which effects such matters of future employment, travel and further education.

Pc Dorman said “ Most students really understand the issues around illegal drugs when I explain the Line of Criminality, I explain that when a person buys their drugs, they are supporting, County Lines, Modern slavery, Human trafficking, organised crime and potentially, Terrorism.” “Criminal gangs earn money from dealing drugs which can support all the other criminal activities on a larger scale. It’s a question of morals, do you want to support suffering of others to get your kicks?”

We are also encouraging young people to take positive action by calling an ambulance if they believe one of their friends has taken a drug and is having a medical episode. Getting medical help on scene as quickly as possible could save their life!

Further educational work will continue in schools to hopefully keep our children safe for this summer and beyond!

 

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