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Who are EDP?

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) are passionate about supporting individuals who face complex issues, including substance misuse, mental ill health, and other harmful, addictive and offending behaviour, to improve their health, wellbeing and employability. We work primarily in the South West, providing services across Devon and Dorset, in the community and within prisons. We offer a number of dynamic and innovative initiatives which work alongside people to improve their wellbeing, social connections and employability, including:

  • Services in the community and in prisons that support people who wish to address their drug and alcohol use, as well as their families and concerned others;
  • Hidden Gems, a programme which supports people towards and into employment through learning how to design, make and sell jewellery and other handcrafted items from recycled metals;
  • Flourish Health and Wellbeing Cafés, supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing through food, fitness and holistic tools;
  • Devon Time, a county-wide TimeBank helping local communities to share resources;
  • Personal Transitions Service a mentoring and coaching programme working with people going through the toughest of life transitions such as homelessness, leaving prison, leaving care or other institutions;
  • Recovery Sound System, a project which organises events that bring together people who are facing complex issues through music, including our SoberRaves and Upcycle Workshops;
  • The Good Prison Project, which supports voluntary organisations to offer their services within HMP Exeter and HMP Dartmoor

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services was formed in 1984 by a group of people who had problems with their drug use, and their families, at a time when there was not any support available from health services. Exeter Drugs Project, as the organisation was known then, began life as a support group and help line based in Exeter. Since then the organisation has grown and now is commissioned to provide drug and alcohol services across Devon and Dorset, in the community and in prison. Whilst the activities of our organisation have changed since it was formed the organisation still holds a similar vision that inspired our founders over 30 years ago – to improve the quality of life for people affected by substance misuse.

We are passionate about helping those who feel most isolated, most stigmatised and who have struggled in the past to find people to support them. Often people we have worked with have been repeatedly told that they are not able to make positive changes but we firmly believe that everyone has potential and something to offer their community.

Our approach ensures that those who benefit from our services are fully involved in the direction the charity takes. We model a way of partnership working which recognises that we might not always have the expert knowledge. Therefore we are passionate about bringing together and supporting local people and organisations to offer dynamic services.

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