Hot Foot Enterprises at SERIF Conference

Earlier this month Rod, EDP’s Social Enterprise Development Officer, and Dave, Service Manager at HMP Dartmoor, were invited to speak at the Social Enterprise Research and Innovation Foundation (SERIF) conference in Swindon about our Social Enterprise work in prisons. They gave examples of the work done by Hot Foot Enterprises. The SERIF conference considered the potential contribution of social enterprise and mutuals to reducing reoffending and to the delivery of the prison reform agenda. The conference event featured presentations from three established (including Hot Foot Enterprises) and one emerging social enterprise. An extract from Rod and Dave’s presentation have been...Hot Foot Enterprises at SERIF Conference

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EDP Dorset team take time to reflect

Earlier this month the EDP Dorset team celebrated their successes from the last 10 years as workers, volunteers and peer mentors from all across Dorset took time out to come together. They recognised their individual and team achievements giving each member of a team a certificate of recognition. Annette and Janice share their experiences of the day: I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.  It was great to meet everyone in person and experience the EDP ‘vibe’.  The atmosphere was so friendly, supportive, relaxed and celebratory and the presentations showed just how much everyone in EDP is valued.     Exploring...EDP Dorset team take time to reflect

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EDP supports Petroc in securing £2.4 million from Big Lottery Fund to help marginalised young people across Devon

  EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP) has been successful, as part of a partnership bid led by Further Education College Petroc, in securing a £2.4 million grant to deliver a Building Better Opportunities project across the county.   Building Better Opportunities is a programme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Along with their partners, Petroc and EDP will be using the funding to deliver a unique project for 18 to 24-year-olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Called Empowering Enterprise, the programme will seek to engage over 600 of Devon’s most...EDP supports Petroc in securing £2.4 million from Big Lottery Fund to help marginalised young people across Devon

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EDP at Melcombe Regis Community Information Event

On Wednesday 17th May David and Mark from our EDP Dorset Services went to the Melcombe Regis Community Information Event to raise awareness of the work of EDP.   The event was organised by the Melcombe Regis Board and aimed to inform the community about the plans to improve central Weymouth and give them a chance to meet the teams involved. The Board has been set up so that different public services can work together more effectively. They are focusing on delivering local improvements in crime, housing, employment, health, the environment and safety. Those attended heard a short talk from...EDP at Melcombe Regis Community Information Event

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Beyond November featured on BBC Spotlight

Our Beyond November Poppy Project, part of EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative, is being featured on BBC Spotlight tonight at 6.30pm ahead of our stall at the Devon County Show later this week. Beyond November engages, employs and empowers people who are out of work, including ex service personnel, towards and into employment and is delivered in partnership with The Royal British Legion. The project developed from EDP’s Hidden Gems initiative which develops entrepreneurial and employment skills through the design, manufacture and marketing of handcrafted products made from recycled metals (see for more information). The Beyond November project focuses on...Beyond November featured on BBC Spotlight

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Sleep out making a difference through giving up a bed for the night

Amazing support! We are so grateful to everyone who made EDP’s first ever sleep out on Friday 28th April such a great success. 12 people slept out all night with many more supporting the event. We are extremely grateful to Saxon Square for giving us permission to hold the event in their shopping centre, to the council for keeping the toilets open all night, to Funky Little Choir who performed, to Christchurch Rotary and Shelterbox for bringing down their shelter for us to use and the local police for supporting the event. So many local businesses got involved in promoting...Sleep out making a difference through giving up a bed for the night

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New CoDA group starts at EDP Blandford

A new CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous) group is starting to meet at EDP Blandford weekly from Wednesday 12th April. Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) is a fellowship of support groups for men and women who share an interest in recovering from co-dependency and the problems that it has caused in our lives. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and fulfilling relationships with ourselves and others. Like other groups based on adapted versions of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous offers an entirely voluntary programme. It operates on the principle that it is up to each person...New CoDA group starts at EDP Blandford

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What’s it like to work in EDP’s prison substance misuse service?

Jodie Bance, social work placement student, talks about her experiences with our prison Substance Misuse Service. “I have been fortunate enough to receive a social work placement with EDP’s Prison Substance  Misuse Team in Exeter. What has been apparent from day one is the sheer dedication from every member of the team. Working within a remand prison comes with its own challenges, with the ‘revolving door’ of prisoners meaning frequent referrals, high caseloads and never ending to-do lists. Even under the pressures of this fast-paced environment, it has been refreshing to see that the service users and their needs have always taken priority. “A typical day within the team incorporates...What’s it like to work in EDP’s prison substance misuse service?

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We want your views about our services in Dorset

Are you a current service user or ex-service user of EDP Dorset? Have you accessed help for yourself or for a family member, friend or loved one? IF SO, WE WANT YOU!!! We would really appreciate your participation in an event we are holding at: Monday 27th March 2017 – EDP Blandford from 10 – 12:00 with complimentary acupuncture available from 12:00 until 13:00 (transport available from North Dorset to the event on a 1st come, 1st served basis) and public transport costs refunded. Monday 27th March 2017 – EDP Christchurch from 13:00 – 15:00 with complimentary acupuncture available from...We want your views about our services in Dorset

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Have your say about the future of Flourish in Bridport

Flourish Bridport health and wellbeing pop up cafes are searching for your views about how their sessions can support you to improve your health and wellbeing. On Wednesday 22nd March between 1.30pm and 3pm Flourish will be meeting in the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, to share a healthy soup lunch and to discuss what members of the community would like to happen in their monthly cafes for the rest of 2017. Flourish is an initiative of local charity EDP Drug & Alcohol Services. Since April 2016 Flourish Bridport pop-up cafes have provided an opportunity for the local community...Have your say about the future of Flourish in Bridport

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