Making Everyday First Aid more accessible

Sophie Barton from our Dorset service was recently given the opportunity to learn how to teach others Everyday First Aid. Here she shares how she has been able to use her training to pass on lifesaving techniques onto others. In June 2017 I attended two full days training alongside fellow colleagues from across Dorset at the British Red Cross in Poundbury. The training was delivered by Sara-Louise Hodges with the title ‘Everyday First Aid educators training’. The aim of the training was to equip us with the skills and knowledge to deliver basic everyday first aid training to our...Making Everyday First Aid more accessible

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Reach Drug and Alcohol Services, Dorset

REACH Drug and Alcohol Services, the new community alcohol and drugs service for Dorset, is now live and offering support. REACH is a partnership between EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (EDP), Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) and Essential Drug and Alcohol Services (EDAS). We have three hubs (Christchurch, Gillingham and Weymouth), and a number of satellite services, across the county where you can get support.Reach Drug and Alcohol Services, Dorset

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EDP Swanage help out at Purbeck Marathon for third year

For the last 3 years EDP Swanage have been partnering with the organisers of the Purbeck Marathon with peer mentors and volunteers giving their time to help marshal the race. Read about Malcolm and Jacky’s experience of being involved. “On Sunday 17th September, I volunteered once again at the Purbeck Marathon. The Purbeck Marathon takes place in Swanage, Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast which has spectacular history, landscapes and views. This is a local community event with the proceeds being distributed amongst local charities. As a member of the EDP Relative Support Group, I took part in return for...EDP Swanage help out at Purbeck Marathon for third year

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Devon Wellbeing and Recovery Fair a success

Last month we partnered with Ripple Effect to host the  Devon Wellbeing and Recovery Fair at Politmore House. It was a great day showcasing many of the organisations offering support for people wanting to improve their health and wellbeing.Devon Wellbeing and Recovery Fair a success

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Beyond November attend exciting event

Volunteers from our Hidden Gems project ‘Beyond November’, Bryan and Steve, recently were invited to support the Royal British Legion (RBL) in Devon at an exciting event for the organisation. They attended the formal signing of an Affiliation agreement between the RBL and Bickleigh Royal Marine Stable. Both Bryan and Steve were extremely proud to be part of the event and were invited to be guests of 42 Commando for a tour of the base and a chance to meet serving Royal Marines. They were able to let them know about our exciting Beyond November and what it is...Beyond November attend exciting event

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Hidden Gems helping break down barriers and get people started

Our exciting Hidden Gems programme in Exeter continues to support people towards and into employment – here is a quick update of all it’s latest news: Making Hidden Gems accessible One of our new participants has a dog which couldn’t be left at home and so the Hidden Gems participants located a covered area at the factory to put a kennel and are now building a new home for his dog when he comes to take part in the programme.  The plans for the kennel are starting to shape up and we’ll have some pictures on our Facebook page...Hidden Gems helping break down barriers and get people started

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Service User Engagement at the centre of ‘Outside In’ Event

Amanda Sheriff, EDP’s Volunteer Coordinator for the Clinks Good Prison Project at HMP Exeter and HMP Dartmoor, shares 5 ways of how she put service user engagement at the heart of the support information event at HMP Dartmoor. One year ago today I was sat at my desk in the substance misuse department in HMP Dartmoor and an email popped in with the tag line “Good Prison project – local.” The more I read the more excited I became, “this is the opportunity for me!” I thought, and so the journey began……. I am very enthusiastic and tend to...Service User Engagement at the centre of ‘Outside In’ Event

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Let’s Get Crafty at Weymouth

Chris, a service user and talented artist, leads our ‘Lets Get Crafty’ group. With so much information on display for clients, and so many noticeboards, we wondered whether the most important messages each week were getting through. We decided to dedicate one noticeboard to the key themes of the week or month and set the ‘Let’s Get Crafty group’ to make it a bit more eye-catching. It’s safe to say they did just that. Chris,  seen above with one of the many contributors to the project, leads the group with amazing and creative ideas each week, and whoever turns...Let’s Get Crafty at Weymouth

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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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