Finding Hidden Gems in Bideford

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All grant scheme to develop its innovative programme Hidden Gems in Bideford. Hidden Gems supports people who are out of work towards and into employment to develop and build employment skills. Over the course of the programme those who take part learn how to design, make and sell jewellery and other handcrafted products from recycled and reclaimed metals. Currently the project works with people in Exeter but this funding will enable us to offer Hidden Gems pop up sessions in Bideford, Barnstaple, Exmouth and...Finding Hidden Gems in Bideford

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Hidden Gems Day Out

Participants taking part in Hidden Gems took a day out from jewellery making to be inspired and to find some possible new sales outlets. They started the day at the Pavilions who are interested in displaying some of the jewellery Hidden Gems makes. From here they visited the Words and Pictures Gallery, which sell local producers work, and then onto the Teignmouth Arts Action Group arts and community centre. The group looked at their current exhibition of local art work. In the afternoon they visited Four Abilities, who already sell some Hidden Gems products. They learnt more about the gallery...Hidden Gems Day Out

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HMP Exeter Team take time out

In a rare chance to meet outside of the prison as a team staff from HMP Exeter spent some time together for a team building day on Exeter Quay. One of the team shares their experience of the day. On Wednesday something of June we took a trip to the  Waterfront restaurant on Exeter Quay to enjoy a pizza buffet lunch followed by an ice cream extravaganza! This was enjoyed by all and the atmosphere was happy and chilled. We had a section of the restaurant to ourselves which quickly became filled with chatting and laughter. Personally, I enjoyed...HMP Exeter Team take time out

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Riviera FM Recovery Show features EDP

On Wednesday 21st June our Community Initiative’s Manager Nik Sutherland was invited to be part of The Recovery Show with Dave and Dani on Riviera FM. The Riviera FM Recovery Show is broadcast every Wednesday between 3pm and 5pm. Nik spoke to Danny and Dave about his own personal story as well as sharing information about EDP’s new projects in the community – Flourish cafes and the Recovery Sound System. He’s been invited back to tell them more about the work of EDP. More information about that as its confirmed. You can listen to the show at FM Recovery Show features EDP

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What a difference a year makes! Our Swanage Allotment is blooming!

Last summer, with the help of James Smith Funerals, we began a community allotment in Swanage. The idea behind the project is to give people a space to learn about growing their own fruit and veg.   It took quite a while to clear the space last year and its only now a year on that we are really seeing the allotment come to life. Thanks to all those who have spent time getting the allotment ready and keeping it maintained, especially Malcolm! The food grown on the Swanage allotment will be used at EDP Swanage’s sober suppers or...What a difference a year makes! Our Swanage Allotment is blooming!

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Fareshare partner with EDP Christchurch

Our team at EDP Christchurch are now partnering with Fareshare, who takes surplus food, redistributes it around the country where it is used by partner charities to feed those who need it. The team collected their first donation from Tesco Express Barrach Road in Christchurch this week.Fareshare partner with EDP Christchurch

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Sydney’s experience of volunteering with EDP

In a final celebration of volunteer week 2017 Sydney who volunteers for our service at HMP Exeter shares her experience of volunteering with EDP. I decided to get involved in volunteering for HMP Exeter after a conversation with a friend, who works there as a Prison Officer. She gave some great insight, to the work that the Substance Misuse Service provide, and with a lot of curiosity and wanting to give help to others, I decided it would be a good opportunity, along with some of my own experiences. From day one, which was just over a year ago, everyone...Sydney’s experience of volunteering with EDP

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Flourish Community Cafes open in Devon

After the success of Flourish pop ups in Bridport EDP are now launching Flourish Community Cafes in Devon. The first cafe will take place this Friday 9th June between 10am and 2pm at Uplands, 81 Heavitree Road in Exeter. Flourish supports local communities to take control of they health and wellbeing and learn from each other. The Flourish Community cafes are hosted by volunteer Health Champions who are passionate about working alongside people to identify ways to improve their health and wellbeing. To find out more about Flourish go to Whilst the first cafe will take place in...Flourish Community Cafes open in Devon

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EDP’s Weymouth “Beach Walk”

Following the success of last summer’s beach party, EDP Weymouth embarked on their first “beach walk” of the year, open to all clients across Dorset, staff and support workers (hectic schedules permitting) and rather bravely, all their little canine pals. And some not so little. As is traditionally British in the height of summer, a dozen of us set off at 1pm on possibly the hottest day of the year, but with a hefty cool breeze and the promise of an ice cream at the end no-one was complaining. With the scenery and the ever-demanding and entertaining dogs to...EDP’s Weymouth “Beach Walk”

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Beyond November at Devon County Show

Earlier this month our Hidden Gems initiative, Beyond November, attended the Devon County Show. The project engages, employs and empowers people who are out of work, including ex-service personnel, towards and into employment by engaging, empowering and employing. One of our Beyond November volunteers, Bryan, who was featured on BBC Spotlight and attended the show, writes about his experience: I was at the Devon County Show with the Hidden Gems team for three days.  We had a great response to our stand and the piece shown on Spotlight the night before was a great help. People actually came to...Beyond November at Devon County Show

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