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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Multi-agency working to combat drug litter

October 16th, 2019 by

Community Safety Drug Litter ½ Year Report 2019/20

Outreach workers from Addaction and the Local Police Teams attend sites of reported drug litter to provide assertive outreach to those affected.

Members of the public are asked to report drug litter to Cornwall Council and once received this information is cascaded to Addaction and the local Police so they can attend the affected area and offer support and advice to anyone who may need it.

Over the last 6 months there have been 72 reports of drug litter to Cornwall Council and the most prevalent areas are Newquay (15), Penzance (15), St Austell (9) and Camborne (7).

Graph shows litter request for April to September 2018 compared to the same time period in 2019.

There has been a reduction in the number of drug litter requests in Penzance and St Austell. The reason for this reduction is unknown although one possible explanation is the extra time and resources dedicated to assertive outreach in these areas.

Below is a breakdown of the drug litter requests for the last 6 months for further information.

 

 

 

 

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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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Homeless charity Harbour Housing is celebrating a decade of its Naloxone scheme which works to combat opioid overdoses

October 10th, 2019 by

Naloxone is a Competitive Opioid Antagonist which simply put means that it is a drug that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose through knocking the opioids off the receptors. It has been described by staff at Harbour as a ‘miracle drug’ as it can bring people back from the brink of death, and has been used to successfully prevent 46 cases of overdose at Harbour since it was introduced in 2009.

The drug is administered via syringe directly into the muscle and is incredibly fast acting, in most cases reviving the patient in mere minutes.

Jade Barron, a tenancy sustainment officer at Harbour, has intervened in several overdose situations and said:

“It’s incredible how quickly the Naloxone takes effect, people can be revived immediately and the great thing about it is that there are no negative side-effects so it’s completely safe to use. “Sometimes it acts as a wakeup call. I’ve had a resident be brought back with Naloxone and the next week decide to fully commit to recovery.”

Public Health England estimates that every unexpected death costs around £1.4 million, so with each Naloxone kit costing less than £20 it is clear that easier access to this life-saving drug could help to save thousands of lives, as well as taxpayer money.

Harbour was approached by Marion Barton, social inclusion lead for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), in 2009 and asked to pilot the scheme. At the time Harbour was tolerant to alcohol use on site but not the use of drugs, and despite this had sadly lost residents to overdose. It was for this reason, says Chris Abbott Harbour’s head of housing, that management decided to go ahead with the project.

 

 

Naloxone was more heavily regulated back in 2009 and could only be prescribed directly to a drug user, which was not an effective way to ensure their safety as they would be unable to use it on themselves in an overdose situation. Harbour has been instrumental in developing national Naloxone policy, helping to influence the change in 2015 that allowed the drug to be prescribed to a responsible person and kept in communal areas of supported accommodation facilities.

Over the ten years Naloxone has become an integral part of Harbour’s harm reduction procedure, with kits easily available across all of its properties in boxes attached directly to the walls as well as in first-aid kits and kept in vehicles.

After the development of the Naloxone scheme, Harbour was assisted by drug and housing policy expert Kevin Flemen to adjust its own policy to become tolerant to use of drugs within the law. Through having this high tolerance to both drug and alcohol use Harbour has been able to accept referrals from those who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. People struggling with addiction need the right support to be able to manage their substance use, and Harbour says

that their tolerant ‘eyes wide open’ approach allows for honesty and trust between staff and residents which has a really positive impact on recovery.

Drug use is much more dangerous when it is kept hidden, and recent figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that drug related deaths reached an all-time high of 4,359 across England and Wales last year. Naloxone has become much more widespread in recent years, and thanks to the hard work of the DAAT it is now available in all supported accommodations across Cornwall.

All staff, residents and volunteers at Harbour are trained in the administration of Naloxone, and in recent years Harbour has also trained members of staff from other supported accommodations. The increase in availability of this life- saving drug is hoped to reduce the harm to people struggling with addiction and stop the rise of preventable deaths.

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Safer Falmouth Supports Community Awareness Days with Falmouth and Exeter Universities

October 10th, 2019 by

Safer Falmouth Partners and Student Community Wardens from both Falmouth & Exeter Universities have been out in the community this week to raise awareness amongst local residents and students of support available in the Town.

Run by Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (The Students’ Union) and funded by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, the Community Wardens scheme promotes neighbourly behaviour and supports good community relations.

This collaborative approach helps students be active citizens within the community, encouraging positive relationships between long-term and student residents, as well as assisting the Town Council and other partners to improve the local environment and behaviour in residential areas.

The 2018 pilot saw student wardens patrol some of the most heavily populated student residential areas of Falmouth, with a particular focus on the Smithick Ward. It was a real success; students met with residents, listened to concerns, logged complaints, shared advice, and initiated campaigns. They also took part in community events and activities, including litter picking, fundraising activities, and supporting the local food bank.

The scheme is extending in 2019 to include some areas of Penryn and Mabe, with ten students in post.

Gwen Scolding, The Students’ Union Community Engagement Coordinator: “This is an exciting time for the Community Warden scheme. We’re looking forward to building on last year’s success by increasing our initiatives, reaching more areas, and by promoting a friendly and cohesive community for all that live, work and study in the locality.”

Residents can meet the 2019/20 Student Community Wardens, along with University representatives and partners from Safer Cornwall including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Town Council and Cornwall Council, when they begin their patrols on the upcoming Community Awareness Days on;

Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, and Wednesday 9 October in Falmouth and Thursday 10 October in Penryn.

To contact the Warden Scheme, email communitywardens@thesu.org.uk and to find out more visit thesu.org.uk/community

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

September 16th, 2019 by

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SW Peninsular Drug Related Death Conference 2019

September 4th, 2019 by

The ninth annual Drug Related Death Conference will take place on Friday 6th September 2019 at The China Fleet Club, Saltash. Once again kind donations from the Cornwall DAAT, Public Health Devon, Devon and Cornwall Police and sponsorship from companies associated with drug treatment/ harm reduction have allowed this conference to be provided free to delegates.

This is always a popular conference with guest speakers and agencies coming together to share best practice, learning from drug related deaths and preventative strategies. This year is no exception with an eclectic mix of plenaries being delivered;

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor drugs interaction with MDMA (Ecstasy) and other drug interactions
  • Lung health, spirometry, smoking cessation
  • Help for Homeless Lead GP to cover his work and alternative approaches to treatment
  • Public Health Devon- web based portal for drugs identification
  • Police- partnership agency information sharing form & inter agency working
  • Psychologically informed environments and trauma led approaches for those in supported housing
  • Invasive Group A Streptococcus infection and preventative measures
  • Drug and alcohol workers- a perspective from the frontline focussing on when a service user dies and the impact upon the worker etc.
  • Tubercuosis screening within the homeless community and a successful Public Health pilot

The subjects are chosen in part having reviewed the drug related deaths leading up to the conference where learning and identification of preventative measures are used as a framework for conference.

This year has seen the number of places available for the conference far outnumbered by the demand so this will be the biggest conference in the 9 years of it being held.

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