Time Credits reach 1 million milestone

February 28th, 2020 by

Tempo have reached a huge milestone in the history of Time Credits.

 

1 million Time Credits have been earned in the last 12 years and since April 2018 Cornwall have earned 20,000… That equates to 20,000 hours of time given to their local community by volunteers in Cornwall!

Tempo’s mission is to use Time Credits to engage people in communities and to help shape local services and improve health and wellbeing for all. Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of partners are helping them to achieve this mission, and by reaching this latest milestone, they are one step closer to their 2023 objectives: to involve a quarter of a million people in their communities, and to enable 2.5 million hours to be earned and spent.

Time Credits are designed to take volunteers or services users on a journey, from the moment they first participate, through to becoming an active member of their community. Cornwall has almost 1,000 volunteers earning Time Credits which they can spend with over 50 different spend partners including Eden Project, Plymouth Argyle, Carn to Cove Theatre Group and the new Cinema in Bodmin.

Time Credits provide organisations with an innovative way to attract and retain volunteers, drive engagement in services and maximise community participation. This year we’re looking to bring even more partners on board so if you would like to be involved please contact Celia Davis at celiadavis@wearetempo.org

 

 

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From Addaction to We Are With You

January 31st, 2020 by

In February Addaction will change their brand and name nationally to We Are With You (or With You for short).

This change follows 18 months of research and consultation with service users, staff and volunteers and reflects the way they work with people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol and mental health. We Are With You reflects the ethos of the organisation and their aim to focus on the person and help they offer, not the problem.

Over the last few years Addaction have focused on improving how people find and engage with support, and finding ways to motivate people to change and focus on relationships not problems. This led to the realisation that the name ‘Addaction’ did not reflect this.

Research showed that more people would access support if they changed their name. it was agreed that the new name should be more inclusive and reassuring while also appealing to all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.

As part of the rebrand they will be launching a new website which will include anonymous web-chat support and self-service advice. The website will be live in late February at http://www.wearewithyou.org.uk/

 

 

 

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Working towards a multi-skilled workforce

January 30th, 2020 by

From the beginning of April 2019 Safer Cornwall have delivered 9 different training courses to up-skill staff in our partner agencies.

 

To date these 9 courses have led to 956 staff being trained in specific areas such as Basic Drug Awareness and Motivational Interviewing. These courses aim to train staff across our partner agencies to support people living with substance use and/or domestic abuse.

The picture below shows the number of courses run and the number of people trained in each course.

 

 

 

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Stop talking about ‘wine o’clock

January 20th, 2020 by

Holly Whitaker on how women can stop drinking – and get happy

When Holly Whitaker looks back on the many nights that would disappear in a boozy haze, it wasn’t the anxiety and regret that made her realise she needed to get help for her drinking, but sheer exhaustion. “When I binged, I would close my eyes while I did it,” she says. “I was trying to not see how horrific it was. I would go through this process of scrubbing it away, then presenting myself to the world and pretending that nothing was wrong. Then I had this moment when I couldn’t not see it.”

Whitaker, now 40, details her own path to recovery in Quit Like a Woman, which is part examination of how patriarchy drives women to drink and part practical guide on how to tackle addiction. She credits Allen Carr’s manual The Easy Way to Control Alcohol with helping her break free aged 33, as well as therapy and meditation. Breathing exercises, using mantras, not drinking caffeine after noon, and getting at least seven hours of sleep are just some of the tips she recommends.

Rather than demanding that addicts go cold turkey and chastising them for slipping up, Tempest regards any lapses as part of the process. AA has been described as expecting total abstinence from its members, which Whitaker claims “creates too high a bar” and people end up feeling “helpless” and “defeated” if they fail to achieve this. A “stop doing it” approach, Whitaker believes, is “masculine-centric” and implies that if you do slip up “you are kind of stupid”. “In our model, it is about being trusted to make your own mistakes and to learn from them.” One thing is clear: women are drinking more than ever. British women were found to drink an average of three drinks (defined as 10g of alcohol) a day in a 2018 survey and were ranked eighth in the world for high levels of drinking.

Read the full story here.

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Delivering safe spaces and safe workplaces – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

December 12th, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall, supported by Safer Futures, promoted the International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, by delivering a local workplace focused initiative; encouraging employers and local businesses to provide a safe space in the community for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence, in addition to creating a supportive and safe work place for staff.

The initiative was launched on 25th November in Truro Cathedral by Kate Kennally, Jim Pearce (CIOS Police Commander and Safer Cornwall Chair) and Lyn Gooding (CEO, First Light).

Safer Cornwall hosted walkabouts across all of the 10 Safer Towns and asked businesses to pledge their support, by advertising themselves as safe spaces to the public; using posters and merchandise with contact information for Safer Futures and also downloading our new Cornwall Council model DASV Employment Policy Template to provide information, safety and support to their staff.

Overall, the campaign engaged with 188 businesses during the Safer town walkabouts who all signed the pledge to protect customers and staff by providing a Safe Space. Of these businesses 123 have requested further training to develop their skills and knowledge of domestic abuse. The campaign was featured on Heart FM and Liskeard Radio and has had substantial public engagement through the team’s social media coverage which has reached over 41,000 people and the campaign videos have had over 11,000 views.

The campaign has had great support across all partnership agencies and the wider public, and will serve as a great foundation for all future campaigns, including Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 3rd February 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020; watch this space.

 

 

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Special Recognition for Coastline Housing and the DAAT

December 9th, 2019 by

Coastline Housing and Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) staff attended the Markel 3rd Sector Awards on Friday 6th December in relation to their work with Naloxone.

Coastline Housing have been working on the Naloxone initiative with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly DAAT since 2015. Provision of Naloxone is an evidence-based intervention that can save lives by blocking or reversing the effects of a Heroin or opioid overdose, and Coastline Housing have been working with the DAAT to incorporate it into their services.

Coastline Housing were nominated for the Collaboration (Integration) Award which recognises ways of working in partnership with other organisations or services, achieving outcomes that would otherwise not have been achieved, and they were finalists in 4 categories:

  • Lynsey Johns, a Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership across supported accommodation, which has positively affected the quality of care;
  • Derek Law, for Making a Difference, where  significant changes have been made that have positively impacted on outcomes for people using their services;
  • Lynsey Johns, Amanda Addo,  Lee Newnham and Zena Mower Bryant  an Innovative Quality Outcomes Award, recognising their work and that of their teams around Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and the creation of psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) where people using their services feel physically and psychologically safe;
  • Jo Cowling and the DAAT for the collaborative work around Naloxone.

The judges also gave special recognition to the work of Coastline colleagues who have impressively trained over 400 people and saved 26 lives using Naloxone to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses.  This very significant work keeps people alive until they can access further treatment and social support enabling them to move forwards positively in their lives.

Marion Barton of the DAAT: “It is such a privilege to be part of this vital work, to work alongside such outstanding and dedicated colleagues and to enjoy this special occasion where their work is nationally recognised. Thank you to Allister Young, Louise Beard and all managers and staff at Coastline, Addaction colleagues and also my manager, Kim Hager for supporting the continuation of such amazing work with Naloxone.”

 

 

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Good News Story

December 6th, 2019 by

CJ was an alcohol client with Addaction 6 years ago. In November CJ and her family invited staff at Addaction to the cap and gowning awards at Truro Cathedral.

CJ studied hard for over 3 years to complete a Counselling Foundation Degree topped up to a BSc Hons Applied Social Science with Plymouth University.

CJ was a participant in a women’s group that was initially started in Falmouth and she went on to become the first female to facilitate this group.  CJ made a commitment to remain abstinent, become a volunteer and support women in recovery. She also worked part time mainly as an evening support worker at Chy and in various caring roles.

Staff at Addaction were very proud to watch her walk down the Cathedral with scroll in hand and a beautiful smile.

CJ has just completed an application to Addaction for a job. What an amazing woman.

 

 

 

 

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Festive Alcohol Messaging

December 5th, 2019 by

All this Autumn, Cornwall Public Health, Healthy Cornwall and Cornwall DAAT have been promoting the use of the ‘Drinks Meter’ app through our ‘One Too Many?’ campaign.

This will be promoted again within the 2019 ’What Will Your Drink Cost?’ festive messaging campaign, linking in with the Devon and Cornwall Police drink driving campaign.

In the first part of the campaign we have invited members of the public, especially people who feel that they are ‘normal’ drinkers, to make use of the self-monitoring ‘Drinks Meter’ app. This has been highlighted on our social media feeds, as well as on BBC Radio Cornwall.

As Christmas approaches we are going to use the “What will your drink cost?” campaign to post a series of short videos on social media.

These will focus on trusted groups of people who are involved in the safety and wellbeing of drinkers, such as Paramedics, A&E Nurses and Doctors, Police, and Fire fighters.

These people will bust common drinking myths, such as wrongly feeling that you are safe to drive early the next morning after a late drinking session, that walking home in the dark while drunk is safe, that coffee reduces the harmful impact of alcohol, that painkillers are a good idea when you’ve had lots of alcohol, and that being sick enables you to safely carry on drinking.

These video clips will be posted through December and into the New Year, and will also promote the Drinks Meter. This app which will help people to set themselves limits during the festive season, and to make sure they maintain or return to a sensible pattern in January.

 

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Bringing Alcohol Awareness to the Airwaves – 11th – 17th November 2019

November 26th, 2019 by

Jez Bayes, the Alcohol Strategy Lead for Safer Cornwall, brought Alcohol Awareness Week 2019 to the airwaves; visiting BBC Radio Cornwall and asking the listeners to think about their own relationship with alcohol.

As many as 1 in 3 people in the South West don’t realise that they drink too much, which can lead to other effects that people would not normally associate with alcohol; such as not sleeping well, feeling tired in the mornings, feeling stressed. Jez drew focus to the ‘one every night’ habit; often considered to be a culturally acceptable level of drinking.

Residents of Cornwall were invited to download the ‘Drink’s Meter’ smartphone app to help them become aware and monitor their own level of drinking. The app is available on the Google Play store or Apple App store and allows people to track exactly what and how much they have drunk throughout the week, calculating how many ‘drink’ calories have been consumed and how many ‘food’ calories that equates to. Users can also track how much money they have spent on alcohol.

The app goes on to advise users on how to develop healthier drinking by recommending, for example, having more days across the week without having alcohol.

Safer Cornwall promoted Alcohol Awareness week 2019 across social media; 56 people clicked on the featured link (https://www.healthycornwall.org.uk/onetoomany) to download the Drinks Meter app over the 7 days and we will continue to promote and share the link in the weeks leading up to the pending festivities.

 

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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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