Flourish in Nature – a legacy toolkit

Flourish in Nature is a Devon based project that was funded for 3 years by Sport England. It is run and managed by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services with support from Active Devon and the Devon Wildlife Trust. The project delivers a range of outdoor activities and trains those in active recovery to grow into activity leaders with all the skills and qualifications to match. The fact that leaders have lived experience as well as a passion for their chosen activity elevated every active event from something that simply aided health, wellbeing and environmental understanding (normally these would be...Flourish in Nature – a legacy toolkit

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Eliminating Hep C

A CASE STUDY for EUROPEAN TESTING WEEK 2022 “Thanks for maintaining my confidentiality, excellent service” A beneficiary of the intensive programme of Hep C testing in Dorset last year Last year Reach Dorset and partners Hep C U Later under the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust ran a 5 day testing event across Dorset, taking a mobile testing unit to the main towns to carry out free Hep C testing and other health screenings. Uniquely, people were offered vouchers in return for getting tested and for bringing others along to the screenings. The van will be...Eliminating Hep C

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Sunny Days Planting on the Allotment

Sun 26 March 2022 by Marie Field, Community Development Coordinator It had been some years since I had an opportunity to be on an allotment. I had not fully realised what an enrichening experience this can be in many ways. A wonderful sunny day in late March near the lovely coast at Swanage in Dorset, meeting new people and sharing stories about the local area added extra interest to a very enjoyable day outside working for our planting day. I had not done any gardening on the land this spring time, but with great company, light hearted chat about what...Sunny Days Planting on the Allotment

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Inside News from the Prisons

There has been a great deal of drama at prisons around Devon and Dorset! From the Theatre Royal of course! Get this news and lots more from a different perspective in the 5th Edition of EDP’s Insider News. It’s on the pulse of life inside prisons and shows how the criminal justice sector is successfully linking prison leavers back into the community.Inside News from the Prisons

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Stay safe and connected this Christmas in Devon

Christmas and New Year Holiday prescription requests: Prescription Requests Deadline Date Notes Please discuss your holiday requests with your Recovery Worker or Prescriber as early as possible. If you collect your prescription most days at the pharmacy then you are likely to need to find a pharmacist close to where you are travelling to. On some occasions, holiday prescriptions will not be allowed, particularly if you’re unstable or drinking alcohol excessively. In writing no later than Friday 10th December Prescription requests submitted after this date are unlikely to be authorised. Group Availability/Online Access: Please see Facebook and Twitter for more details...Stay safe and connected this Christmas in Devon

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Devon’s Service User Newsletter – Winter 2021

This is a bumper seasonal edition of All Together Now, Devon’s service user newsletter and it is a colourful mix of essential information about our services over Christmas and contains original art, book reviews and much, much more. It’s great – but don’t just take our word for it. Take a look for yourself. You can also download a copy HEREDevon’s Service User Newsletter – Winter 2021

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Stay safe and connected at Christmas in Dorset

We know that the festive season can be really hard for people. We are providing extended cover in our hubs to ensure that people can still get help if they need it (please see opening times below). We’ll also be manning our website/Facebook chat and responding to messages and there are lots of mutual aid groups meeting over the Christmas and New Year period where you can reach out for help and support from people who know just what it’s like for you. We’ve also been in touch with our partners to find out what they are doing to...Stay safe and connected at Christmas in Dorset

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Top Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking

At this time of the year, it can seem as if you just can’t escape the alcohol. It’s tempting to enjoy yourself, knowing that you have an extended break to relax and switch off. But, it’s also easy to drink too much. Children might see their parents behave differently from usual due to having too much – which can be upsetting. It can lead to family arguments or accidents in the home. People try and do things they might ordinarily not do. It can lower inhibitions which may cause people to say or do something they regret later on....Top Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking

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Dorset’s Service User Newsletter – Christmas 2021 Edition

This fourth edition of ‘Stay Connected’ Dorset’s eclectic and popular Service User Newsletter has just been published and it’s a bumper Christmas edition. This magazine is a co-produced by Reach Drug & Alcohol Services and a team of lived experience volunteers. It features essential support, mutual aid groups, news from some of the projects that service users are involved in and lots of other interesting health and cultural ideas and recommendations that our community is trying this winter.Dorset’s Service User Newsletter – Christmas 2021 Edition

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Weymouth joins the BillyChip movement

The first business in Weymouth to come onboard with the BillyChip initiative has just been revealed. You can buy BillyChips at the Marlboro Restaurant and the owners were overwhelmed at the community response when they posted about it on social media.  ‘We were so pleased that Abbie and the REACH team gave us this amazing opportunity and brought the BillyChip initiative to us” said Lauren Johnson, from the Marlboro Restaurant.“It is such an incredible way to give back and positively support our homeless community and we were absolutely overwhelmed with support, which just shows how many people out there...Weymouth joins the BillyChip movement

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