Access to mobile drug and alcohol service increases for rural Dorset

EDP has successfully secured a minibus, which has been named the Freedom Bus by people who currently access EDP services in Dorset. The minibus will increase the accessibility of the services offered by EDP’s Dorset to individuals who are looking for support to address their drug and alcohol use.

The purpose of the Freedom Bus is to support EDP’s outreach services for those in rural communities who are unable to access EDP hub sites in Blandford, Bridport, Christchurch, Gillingham, Swanage and Weymouth. The minibus will also open up more opportunities those already accessing EDP services to attend events, training and groups in other parts of Dorset.

The bus is already being used by EDP to make services available to a number of marginalised groups across North Dorset providing needle exchange services and giving advice and information regarding drug and alcohol use which has been well received.  EDP recovery Practitioner Martha Bache commented the Freedom Bus outreach service has already had an impact for people from these communities with more requesting support from EDP.”

Beth Davies, Service Manager for EDP Dorset, commented “We are grateful to have this opportunity to use the Freedom Bus to offer services to some of our most marginalised groups in Dorset at a time when we need to become increasingly creative and flexible in our service delivery.”

The Freedom Bus services are coming soon to other rural areas of Dorset. An official launch of the minibus will take place on Wednesday 27th January as part of EDP Dorset’s Peer Mentor Graduation at Christchurch Baptist Church. Peer Mentors are those who have been in treatment and are committed to their recovery journey and are able to lead by example by making recovery visible to those new to the service. The celebration will mark the end of the training programme for 6 peer mentors.

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