EDP Reach – Weymouth Open Day

On Wednesday 27th July EDP Reach Drug and Alcohol Services opened their doors at the Weymouth Hub to welcome clients, neighbours and partner agencies to showcase the work the service offers. The Open Day was was arranged following feedback from service users, who requested more information on the range of services on offer. As well as raising awareness, the day was also raising valuable money for the Reach Recovery Fund, which gives small grants to service users to do the things that will ensure an enjoyable and sustainable recovery. Recent examples of successful grants given out through the Recovery Fund include a pair of boots to enjoy hiking in the fresh air, art materials to re-ignite an old passion or a busking license to support someone to earn a living.

The Open Day was organised by the Weymouth Hub and their staff teams.

There was an array of colourful and informative information displayed around the hub which included, Mindfulness, the Reach-Out team display, the Reach SMART groups’ information board, the Specialist Family Worker team display, and the Community Alcohol Detox display. The staff were on hand by their respective displays to offer explanations and examples of how the resources and information are used in their day to day work.

The hub managers welcomed all visitors to the service and there were also staff and volunteers available to discuss the work of the Recovery Navigators, prescribing and the Needle Exchange.

Penny Blackmore, Chief Executive Officer and Matt Wall, Direction of Operations at EDP Reach were also in attendance on the day.

What a fabulous day. It really uplifting to see how much hard work went into organising the Open Day and the pride the staff and volunteers all take in the work they do.

Penny Blackmore, CEO EDP Drug & Alcohol Services

The Mayor of Weymouth thoroughly enjoyed visiting the service and commented, 

“My thanks go to the team at EDP Reach Drug and Alcohol services for inviting me to attend their Open Day. It was great to meet everyone and learn more about the valuable work they do supporting residents effected by substance misuse.

Cllr Ann Weaving, Mayor of Weymouth

The Open Day was very well attended throughout the day by clients currently accessing the service as well as those who have received treatment. They wished to say a special thank you to the staff that have helped them on their recovery journey. 

Many of the partner agencies and associated professionals who work alongside the Reach staff supported the Open Day. These included, Dorset Council, Home Start, PLUSS, Early Help, Community Police, Andy’s Men Club, DSUF, Wareham Recovery Group and Christians against Poverty. 

An acupuncture session was run by John Stephens which proved to be very popular. Staff and clients attending the session stated that it was, “really amazing” and that” it was the quietest their brain has been for as long as they can remember”.

There were some wonderful prizes to be won on the raffle and tombola donated by local companies and the staff team. Cllr Ann Weaving, Mayor of Weymouth enthusiastically drew the raffle and delighted in congratulating the winners.

The Open Day was a resounding success and the EDP Reach team are already making plans for a second Open Day in December.

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