Eighteen Peer mentors graduate in November 2017
Our Peer Mentoring programme, run by Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Myers, is the next step for Service Users who want to give back after achieving success in their recovery.
Two cohorts of Peer Mentors were presented with their Level 2 Awards in Progression by Ashley and the Deputy Service Managers on Friday 24th November.
"After 5 years of working with hundreds of Peer Mentors, I am still astounded at the tenacity and commitment that our new Peer Mentors show not only in the classroom but also during placement," Ashley said.
Learn more about Peer Mentoring on our website changegrowlive.org
Naloxone community roll-out
Every year we hold training sessions for pharmacies who provide Supervised Consumption or Needle Exchange services within Hertfordshire.
As part of phase 2 of our plan to widen the provision of anti-opiate overdose medication Naloxone in this county, we have now trained 30x pharmacies to deliver this intervention to the general public.
Naloxone is already given out to Service Users at risk of opiate overdose (and their carers, friends and family) by our staff as part of our efforts to tackle the rise in opiate deaths attributed to an ageing population and the current trend of cutting opiates with Fentanyl.
Enabling community pharmacies to give out this life-saving medication will help us to reach opiate users who are not necessarily accessing treatment and to also reduce the stigma surrounding substance misuse in our communities.
We want to encourage people to be open about their problems, to talk to their family and friends about them and to seek treatment with us without shame.
We are holding a mop-up Naloxone take-home session for pharmacists and technicians on January 24th 2018. Email Sam to book a place on the course.
Worker Spotlight: Criminal Justice Team Leader Becky Danslow
Working within the Integrated Criminal Justice Team, our duties include: holding caseloads of all complex offending clients who have either a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR), Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR), C2 Clients and PPO’s.
We work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team aiming to reduce our Service Users' substance misuse and offending behaviour, helping rehabilitate them back into the community.
These clients are required by the courts to attend regular one-to-one key work sessions, regular drug screening and to attend the group work programmes that CGL run, such as Foundations of Recovery. They attend on a regular weekly basis and all attendance/non-attendance gets sent to Probation for the Offender Managers to monitor.
It can be very rewarding when clients do well and become substance free.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last four and half years in this role, and working with all professionals involved in helping such a complex client group and I’m looking forward to continuing this as Team leader.
Have a question about our Criminal Justice or Test on Arrest teams? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
NPS leaflets now available in Spectrum hubs
We now provide a suite of drug-specific Novel Psychoactive Substance (formerly known as legal highs) leaflets for users and professionals.
Download the PDF's here.
Updated referral form available online
Our updated referral form is available to download in Word or as a PDF from changegrowlive.org
We want your feedback on our annual open days
Every year we hold one public open day for each of our hubs to share the work we do helping people recover from addiction and to also demystify the treatment process.
Going into 2018 we would like to improve these events and make the content of our presentations and talks as valuable as possible. If you have attended one of our events this year please can you take a moment to give us feedback on anything you would have liked to have seen but didn't. Or if you have never been to one of our events, please tell us what you would like to see as a first-timer.
Hatfield service uses £300 donation to provide rough sleeping packs for clients
After receiving a donation from the family of one of our Service Users, the Hatfield team have started giving out Vinnie Packs (provided by St Vincent de Paul Society) containing gloves, socks, foil blankets, toothbrush and other essential items. They used the donation to bulk out the packs with extra items to make sure clients would have everything they need.
Wellbeing packs given out in Watford service for Suicide Prevention Day
Peer Mentors, volunteers and staff at our Watford service marked Suicide Prevention day on September 10th by giving out Wellbeing packs containing food, Spot the Signs leaflets and information on the 5 ways to Wellbeing. They also used the opportunity to talk to individuals about suicidal thoughts and coping mechanisms.