Lord Mayor visits Substance Misuse Services in Exeter Prison
In celebration of Social Saturday last month (a UK-Wide day of activity to celebrate social enterprise) the Substance Misuse Service at HMP Exeter (run in partnership by Dorset HealthCare and charity and social enterprise EDP Drug & Alcohol Services), received a visit from Exeter’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Olwen Foggin.
The Lord Mayor was given a tour of the Prison visiting the Substance Misuse Service offices and was informed of the Social Enterprise Qualification that EDP Drug & Alcohol Services delivers to prisoners.
Whilst on the tour the Lord Mayor met one of the Substance Misuse Service’s Peer Mentors, those who have been in treatment and are committed to their recovery journey and are able to lead by example by making recovery visible to those new to the service. The Lord Mayor commented “to have someone involved in the work of the service who has lived through the experience and can better understand and support others makes what is offered here more credible.
The Lord Mayor also commented “After working in the Mental Health field for 36 years it is terrific to see a service that is working with people at the outset whilst they are in prison preparing them for their release.”
Charlotte Burrows, EDP’s Director of Innovation and Growth commented “The Lord Mayor’s visit has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work of the Substance Misuse team.”
Mel Thomson, Contracts and Performance Manager for Dorset and Devon Prison Cluster at Dorset HealthCare, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to HMP Exeter to mark Social Saturday. Her visit provided a great opportunity to discuss our services, as well as tour the facilities and mark out our ongoing development of the prison’s Substance Misuse Service.”