Spectrum Quarterly Briefing April 2018

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Updates on news, events and all the goings-on at Spectrum cgl. 

Transitioning from Recovery into Work

We've always maintained that working here is about more than having a job. Empathy & experience combine to make our recovery workers effective listeners.
With that in mind, we're proud to say that
33% of our current paid staff started out as volunteers and 16% have gone through treatment with us as service users.

Read more about what to expect as a volunteer on our website

Read about Faith's experience on placement at our Hatfield hub


Dual Diagnosis Guidance


Many people suffer from combined mental health and substance misuse problems (dual diagnosis).
In order to clarify how we work with HPFT's mental health service we have produced an easy read guide that service users, carers and professionals can download here

Acupuncture for Clients

Following popular demand, members of staff in Stevenage, Hertford, Hatfield and Watford will be delivering auricular acupuncture for clients once a week to help them manage stress and relieve cravings. 

21 Hatfield Residents Quit Smoking in Hatfield Hub

Service users, staff and members of the public have access to smoking cessation clinics at our service every Tuesday at 12pm, delivered by the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service.
21 local residents have quit since engaging with the service.  

Hospital Liaison Team offer Naloxone out of Kingfisher Court

Our Hospital Liaison Team are now offering anti-opiate overdose medication Naloxone to patients being discharged from the acute mental health unit at Kingsley Green.
Liaison team members Lucy Sheppard and Michelle Wood attend the unit on Mondays and Fridays and will also offer the potentially life-saving medication to family members and friends of vulnerable patients. 

CGL gains 89 points on the 2018 Equality Index

CGL as an organisation has gone up 89 points on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as a result of improved inclusion activities.

Read More Online

Family, Friends & Carers

Remember: we offer an 8-week programme for friends, family and anyone who cares for someone with a substance misuse issue. 

Please refer to the information contained here

Back Pain and Possible Problems with Opioids

Our Nurse Clinical Lead AnnaMarie Felice has spoken to Relax Back UK about the potential issues arising from opioid use to treat back pain.

Listen to the interview online


Upcoming Events

We hold multiple open days, training sessions and information events throughout the year. 
Take a look at what's coming up!



Say Hi at the Samaritans 'We Listen' Event

Join us at the Hatfield Market Place on Saturday 14th April from 9am - 3pm where we'll be answering your questions on drug & alcohol support.

Meet the team! Royston Health Action Day 21/04

Recovery Worker Sarah and Volunteer/ Inclusion Champion Andrea will be at the Royston Leisure Centre on Saturday 21st April 10am - 2pm.

Living well with and beyond cancer

Hospital Liaison team leader Lucy and Communications Officer Sam will be on hand to give out advice to patients and carers on substance misuse treatment at Holywell Community Centre on the 24th April from 10.30am - 2pm.

  • Tuesday 24th April - Needle Syringe Programme training and Review of Naloxone take-home for Pharmacists (7-9pm)
  • 14th - 20th May - Mental Health Awareness Week
  • 1st - 7th June - Volunteer's Week
  • Tuesday 5th June - GP shared care training with guest speakers Dr. Amira Gurguis and Professor Fabrizio Schifano
  • 11th - 17th June - Carer's Week
  • Thursday 28th June - Cgl Watford open day