International Overdose Awareness Day

August 6th, 2019 by

On Friday 30th August 2019 Cornwall DAAT and partners will be holding an awareness and training event to coincide with International Overdose Awareness Day.

Every year in Cornwall a proportion of drug related deaths could have been averted by prompt action at the scene. This could be something simple like calling an ambulance immediately or carrying out prompt and effective first aid. Due to the associated illegality of drug use these simple and potentially life-saving actions are sometimes either delayed or not carried out at all. Myths such as calling an ambulance will also alert the Police still abound.

This will be the third successive event in Cornwall to raise awareness of drug overdose, first aid and many related issues. Previous events have been held in Truro and Penzance. It will be held in the White River Centre at St Austell between 1000 and 1600. As per previous years there will be training in first aid to include resuscitation, placing someone in the recovery position and administering the life-saving drug Naloxone which is now widely available in Cornwall thanks to great partner agency working. Recognising that someone is overdosing and acting quickly is important. Breaking down the stereotypes, letting people know the facts and myth busting is very much a part of this day. Leaflets and other information will be available together with experienced personnel to answer questions. We have signposted many people in the past towards relevant services and support.

To that end, volunteers will include staff and service users from Cosgarne Hall, Freshstart, Addaction workers, DAAT and the Community Safety Team.

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Service of Reflection for People Affected by Suicide

July 30th, 2019 by

Truro Cathedral will once again be holding a special service for people affected by suicide. The service of reflection will be on Sunday the 8th September at 2 p.m. and is for anyone that may have been affected by suicide – those of all faiths or none, you are all welcome. Suicide prevention in Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly is vitally important; we have higher than national average rates of suicide, and each and every suicide has a devastating impact on those left behind. There is strong collaboration across partners whose efforts are all targeted at ‘Towards Zero’ suicide, and this is the banner under which a huge amount of our collective work is done. Towards zero is an essential principle of our work, we must never accept deaths by suicide as inevitable.

This event is the outcome of collaboration between Truro Cathedral, Cornwall Council Public Health, Cornwall’s Samaritans, the South West Zero Suicide Collaborative, Outlook South West’s Suicide Liaison Service, and Cruse Bereavement Care. Many of these partners are part of our broader work on suicide prevention which is led by the Council’s Public Health team and is coordinated through a ‘Multi-Agency Suicide Prevention Group’ which brings together all key agencies to support the population of Cornwall & Isles of Scilly all the way from a wellbeing perspective through to crisis care. A key focus of this work is how we can support communities, and there will be an initiative launching in October at the next Towards Zero event which will pilot a new approach to suicide safer communities in Falmouth. For more information, please do sign up for the Towards Zero newsletters at  https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/towards-zero-suicide-newsletters/

The impact of suicide on our communities cannot be underestimated, but we are all part of this community and we all have a part to play. Please do join us at this service of reflection, and to strengthen our bond as a community.

 

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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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Faster EFT/Eutaptics

July 7th, 2019 by

The complex needs strategy aims to increase aspirations and maximise the opportunity of positive outcomes for those with multiple needs in Cornwall through:

  • Effectively co-ordinated systems of support around people experiencing complexity
  • People who understand and are willing and able to help
  • A culture of learning and adaptation to better understand needs and what works?

The Lankelly Chase research found a much poorer quality of life for those with complex needs, many having experienced adversity and trauma in childhood.

A growing body of research is revealing the long-term impacts of violence, abuse and neglect experienced during childhood.   Described as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), they include, among other things, the witnessing or experiencing of violence or abuse, poor mental health of a parent, harmful use of alcohol and other drugs, or a parent in prison.

A modality that supports those who have had traumatic life experiences is Faster EFT/Eutaptics.  This system, developed in America, looks at how our minds successfully create our problems and subsequently how we can work with the mind to change them.  Many client case studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of this intervention for those who have experienced traumatic life events (many of us) and also for those who are manifesting physical and/or mental health problems, addictions, eating disorders, relationship issues etc.

The DAAT supported a visit by the founder of FEFT, Robert Smith, who spent time with complex needs housing and domestic abuse services in Cornwall.  In order to support our culture of learning we wanted to explore whether this modality could be piloted in this area with individuals with complex needs.

During the visit Robert Smith also agreed to deliver an evening seminar on stress management.  Invitations were sent to those on the DAAT training programme delegate list.  Over 60 delegates attended in their own time and provided unanimously positive feedback.  On the night 3 willing volunteers very bravely put themselves forward to address and change a traumatic memory that was negatively impacting their life.

We received the following feedback from one of the volunteers who was ‘tapped on’ during the course of the 2 day visit:

Following this visit and the positive feedback received, a colleague from Cornwall Council Public Health team is currently applying for funding to enable us to test the feasibility of FEFT/Eutaptics on older adults which will include those with complex needs.

Contact                                           

If you require any further please contact:
Name:    Marion Barton
Job title: Social Inclusion Lead

Email:    marion.barton@cornwall.gov.uk

 

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HOT at RCHT

June 6th, 2019 by

Innovative ‘HOT Team’ project to address alcohol A&E figures

In April 2018, national figures demonstrated that the number of people being admitted to A&E departments in England is the highest since records began.  Additional research has evidenced that a substantial amount of individuals frequently attending A&E departments are struggling with problematic drug and alcohol use.

Addaction, Cornwall’s commissioned drug and alcohol treatment service, has launched a rapid response team to cut the number of people frequently attending the hospital’s A&E department due to alcohol or drugs.

The HOT Team (Hospital Outreach Team) is the first team in the country to link up with a major Hospital to deliver a collaborative service offer to patients struggling with problematic alcohol and/or drug use, often becoming frequent attenders.

Addaction’s HOT team and RCHT was recently featured on ITV West Country News and the project is clearly thriving; with RCHT reporting a dramatic reduction in frequent attender numbers. The report was overwhelmingly positive and reflected the dynamic and innovative work being done in Cornwall to address the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members.

As a result of the HOT team’s success in Cornwall, the Government is now evaluating the project and considering delivering it across the country’s 50 major hospitals. This project is a great example of the collaborative work between the Commissioning team and Addaction, who continue to support a multi-agency response and service offer to individuals struggling with various vulnerabilities, including drug and alcohol related harm.

Author: Anna MacGregor

 

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Inspiring frontline practitioners

June 5th, 2019 by

Inspiring frontline practitioners and their managers about working differently with people who self-neglect – Safeguarding Adults Board conference May 23rd 2019

Focussing on Self Neglect, this year’s Safeguarding Adults Board Conference brought together 120 multi-agency frontline practitioners and their managers to hear from nationally recognised sector leads and be inspired by organisations who work differently, to celebrate some great work already happening in Cornwall and to learn together about what we can do differently in future.

SAB Chair, Fiona Field, opened the day with a poignant video ‘Keith’s Story’ the real life journey of a person affected by hoarding.

 

Delegates then attended workshops lead by renowned experts in their field; Clouds End, Research in Practice for Adults, Community Fire and Rescue Service and Ardent Care.

Helen Charlesworth-May, Strategic Director Adult Social Care and Health, closed the morning session by acknowledging the way we worked with people historically is not the way we will work with people in future.

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, Emeritus Professor of Social Worker, University of Bedfordshire,  delivered a thought provoking speech asking  delegates to look closely at the ‘masks’ we wear and to consider this in our work with people who self-neglect and hoard.  Dr Mary Rose Day, Independent Nurse Consultant, shared  the assessment tools she uses.

Other speeches included Lloyd Ncube of Ardent Care and a good news case story presented by  Angela King, Head of Service and Lin Cousin, Case Co-coordinator, Adult Social Care.  A short film of the day will be available soon on the SAB website.

 

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Prince’s Trust Recruitment

June 3rd, 2019 by

 Are you looking for a new challenge?

If you are 16 – 25 and not currently in education, employment or training come along to Truro Community Fire Station on the 19th June to find out more about The Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Team programme and how to join Team 17 starting later this month!

The programme is a 12 week development course with the aim to increase confidence, motivation and skills.

On this action packed programme you’ll take part in a community project, an exciting residential, two weeks work experience in a career of your choice and many more challenges.

You will gain regulated qualifications in Emergency First Aid at Work as well as the Princes Trust Level One Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills. You will also have the opportunity to earn Maths and English Level One and Two if needed.

If you are interested in joining the team or would like to refer someone else please complete an online referral form at http://bit.ly/PTTInfo .

To book a place on the taster day please visit http://bit.ly/Team17TasterDay .

*This course does not affect benefits

 

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1521 staff trained

June 2nd, 2019 by

Community Safety & DAAT Training Programme 2018/19 End of Year Report

This report covers the 12 month period April 2018 – March 2019, during which time the following training courses have been delivered:
  • 18x Alcohol Intervention & Brief Advice

A total of 317 people attended and completed the 3 hour Alcohol IBA session in 2018/19.

In additional to this, there was 3 Alcohol IBA Health Check sessions run for specific teams which were attended and completed by another 24 people, making a total of 341 people in year.

  • 11x Basic Drug Awareness PLUS 1 Train the Trainer session 

A total of 222 people attended and completed the 1 day BDA course in 2018/19.

  • Train the Trainer – 1 day course – (Trainer: Kim Hager)

Developing the bank of trainers who can deliver our local course. Following the Basic Drug Awareness Train the Trainer session on 26th November 2018 we have an additional 6 trainers for this course.  All 6 trainee trainers were assigned to future BDA course dates to train alongside the existing trainers.  This has been attended by 4 trainees so far with plans to co-train again in future courses to build experience.

  • 2x Blue Light course 

A total of 36 people attended and completed the 1 day Blue Light course in 2018/19.

The Blue Light Project is Alcohol Concern’s national initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for people who are dependent drinkers, who resist change and are a high users of public services.

  • 14x Community Hospital Alcohol Detoxification (CHAD) training 

Between March 2018 and November 2018 work was carried out to identify and upskill Lead nurses within CFT to provide in-service leadership, training and development on the delivery of CHAD.

An initial Train the Trainer session was delivered on 30th January 2019 led by Angela Andrews.  Since then the above courses have been delivered by CFT nurses with DAAT and GP support.

A total of 106 people have attended and completed the CHAD training session in 2018/19 (this course is delivered annually for nursing competencies).

In addition, 2 Home Alcohol Detox training sessions have been delivered across 5 pharmacies, to enable them to support home detoxification from alcohol.

  • 4x Connect 5 Stage 1 Mental Wellbeing training 

Connect 5 is an evidence based collaborative prevention toolkit that promotes psychological knowledge, understanding and awareness and development of skills which empower people to take proactive steps to build resilience and look after themselves.

A total of 59 people attended and completed a Stage 1 Connect 5 course.  The subsequent Stage 2 and 3 will follow in 2019/20 programme.

  • 11x Dual Diagnosis courses 

This course is run specifically for mental health services and drug & alcohol service staff.  A total of 174 people attended and completed the 2 day Dual Diagnosis course in 2018/19.

Due to a number of requests and feedback we are looking to open the availability of this course to the wider training circulation in the 2019/20 programme.

  • 5x Mental Health First Aid courses 

A total of 76 people attended and completed the 2 day accredited Mental Health First Aid course in 2018/19.

No courses were delivered in Q4, due to the external accredited trainer moving out of county.  We are currently in the process of locating another trainer.

  • 10x Motivational Interviewing (general) 

A total of 195 people attended and completed the 1 day general MI course in 2018/19.

The DAAT have now brought the delivery of Motivational Interviewing course in-house, so we no longer require an external trainer to deliver.  Since October 2018, J

  • 7x Routine Enquiry into Adverse Childhood Experiences

A total of 137 people attended and completed the 1 day REACh training in 2018/19 (this course was introduced in Q3 of the programme).

The services that have attended and completed the REACh training in 2018/19 are DASV service staff, First Episode Psychosis Team, Young People Cornwall, Penhaligon Friends, Intercom Trust, Bosence Farm and Boswyns (including the YP Unit).

We will be organising an extra session for Young People Cornwall in June/July 2019 due to the number of staff still requiring the training.

  • 3x Time Credits and Supporting Asset Based Training 

Tempo Ltd are commissioned by DAAT to embed Time Credits into complex needs services (recovery, homelessness and Domestic Abuse) throughout the Area.  This training gives management and delivery staff an understanding of what to expect and how to utilise the currency in order to drive impact within client support planning in an asset-based approach.

A total of 42 people attended and completed the 3 hour Time Credits session in 2018/19 (this course was introduced in Q2 of the programme).

  • 11x Young People’s Substance Awareness and Screening 

A total of 133 people attended and completed the 1 day YP Screening course in 2018/19.

 

This is a total of 1521 staff in Cornwall in 2018/19.

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Cornwall Time Credits

April 10th, 2019 by

Members are now able to use their well earned Time Credits to access some exciting new activities in Cornwall including all four WTW Cinemas, Kidzworld in St Austell and over 25 courses at Cornwall College. These exciting offers will give Time Credit members the opportunity to access activities and experiences that may have otherwise been unable to. To find out where else you can spend your Time Credits visit timecredits.com

 

DISC, a group supporting some of the most disadvantaged in Newquay have been using Time Credits to encourage their service users to volunteer and help out at their drop in sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays. We caught up with them last week to talk about Time Credits:

“Time credits have made and are continuing to be a fantastic asset to DISC. Because of Time Credits DISC have motivated people and enabled them to find self-confidence. Time Credits are absolutely amazing and are helping people in recovery to stay on track, they are motivated to go to the gym or go for a swim. By earning Time Credits at DISC people feel useful and encouraged to actually go and look for a job and apply for it.

These Time Credits have given people an incentive to come and volunteer at DISC and to feel useful, loved and appreciated.”

If you know of a group or service who’re working with adults with complex needs we want to hear from you. Contact the Cornwall Network Manager Beth Ward for more details: bethanyward@wearetempo.org | 07578181277

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5000 hours given to the community by Time Credit members

March 11th, 2019 by

Since Time Credits launched in Cornwall 12 months ago, Time Credit members from across the county have been getting involved in their communities and services collectively earning over 5,000 Time Credits!

Through the Time Credit Programme we’ve seen individuals organising community events, supporting and mentoring their peers, volunteering in soup kitchens, food banks and putting their green fingers to work in local community gardens and orchards. Time Credits are proving to be a great tool for community development, supporting and encouraging individuals with complex needs to engage with services, organisations and activities in their wider community.

“’I use Time Credits to go swimming at least once a week and I also use the gym as well. They [Time credits] have given me a chance to get fit and have made a difference to my life.”

 Watch this short film by Aron Williams, a documentary and editorial photographer from Falmouth University, to find out what Time Credits are all about (www.aronrobert.com)

 

 

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