A Day in the Life of a Prison Recovery Worker

Uncovering life behind bars for EDP’s substance misuse workers inside Dorset’s HMP Portland “Drugs and alcohol are just a coping strategy. Nobody sets out with the intention of being an addict” Lauren, Substance Misuse team, HMP Portland Portland lies on a stunning peninsula. The World Heritage site of Chesil beach is within spitting distance but for some residents of Portland, there are no views, except those of the sky! Portland prison has a capacity of 530 people with an average of 520 in residence most days, and is a busy place where a range of agencies work together to...A Day in the Life of a Prison Recovery Worker

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EDP’s Amanda Sherriff wins regional prison award

Here is our talented Good Prisons Project lead Amanda Sherriff being presented with her 2018/19 SWSC HMPPS Staff Award. She won the prestigious Partnership Working category. These awards recognise the efforts of staff who have either ‘gone the extra mile’ or who have performed their normal day to day duties extraordinarily well. Everyone at EDP knows how impressive her work is and we are delighted that her achievements have been recognised by the prison service regionally. Here’s why she won: “An individual with an infectious appetite and genuine desire to help others, Amanda is always seeking new ideas along...EDP’s Amanda Sherriff wins regional prison award

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What a Day!

A tale of fundraising, family and fresh air by Lucie Hartley – CEO of EDP Drug & Alcohol Services I was counting my blessings this Saturday (February 2nd).  Aside from the 5.30am start, it was a stunning day, I spent the day in a beautiful location in South Devon and my son (Liam) and 3 colleagues (Nathan, Marcus and Graham) were doing a sponsored run for EDP. I’d never heard of the South Devon marathon before.  According to the website it’s a ‘cult classic’ and the first of the Coastal Trails.  It’s described as ‘simultaneously picturesque and punishing’.  Seems...What a Day!

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New postal address for Together Exeter, East & Mid Devon

Although our Together Exeter, East & Mid Devon hub is still operating from the same building in the same location there has been an update to its postal address. Update your records folks! Together Exeter, East & Mid Devon Magdalene House, Grendon Road, Exeter EX1 2NJ The telephone number remains unchanged: 0800 233 5444New postal address for Together Exeter, East & Mid Devon

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IMPORTANT: Dorset weather update

All Reach Drug & Alcohol Services in Dorset are operating normally except in the North of the county. For all services in the North, contingency plans have successfully been activated and all clients have been contacted by phone to make individual arrangements. If there are any concerns for those effected by the weather please call 07714679371 Please be aware Travel Dorset provides the latest Dorset travel advice including gritter routes and road closures.IMPORTANT: Dorset weather update

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‘This is me’ – how telling your life story honestly is paying dividends for people with complex lives

A simple document which tells a different story from a traditional curriculum vitae is having a huge impact on the job prospects and employability of ex-offenders, substance misusers and people with a range of mental and physical health issues who often feel excluded from the job markets due to societal pre-conceptions. To give one pertinent example. Picture the moment that an offender’s feet cross the threshold of a prison into freedom. It’s a daunting and often frightening prospect to build a new life with new routines, often away from circles of acquaintances that were responsible for previous harmful behaviours....‘This is me’ – how telling your life story honestly is paying dividends for people with complex lives

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