The changing face of family support

COVID-19 is changing the way that people are working and social distancing means that face to face contact in sectors like drug and alcohol support where clients are often some of the most vulnerable in society, has not been allowed to continue. So how are these services adapting? We shine a light on Reach Drug & Alcohol Service which offers one to one support, group work, advice, harm reduction, prescribing and family support right across Dorset.   The REACH Specialist Family Support Team are doing remarkable work to ensure they continue to deliver high quality care to their families during COVID-19. They have...The changing face of family support

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Confidential and free testing of pills

In response to our news article about local drugs warning in Devon and Dorset, we have produced a new, easy to follow (and share) harm reduction infographic. People who would like to test pills to discover their ingredients are advised to get in touch via our freephone number 0800 043 4656. Our staff will arrange to have samples collected and tested confidentially and for free.Confidential and free testing of pills

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Local drug warning

There are a few reports of drugs in circulation in both Devon and Dorset that are causing severe adverse reactions. We’d like to raise awareness of these potentially harmful drugs in order to keep those who use our service and the wider public safe.  The drugs are being manufactured to resemble prescribed medicines. This means that they are packed in blister packs or pharmacy tubs and are made to look like benzodiazepines – diazepam (Valium), lorazepam, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) and azalopram (Xanax). The pills are blue and some are marked as DAN 5620. Early tests on these blue pills have...Local drug warning

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EDP joins Humankind

Following our announcement of our intention to join Humankind in January we are pleased to announce that today we formally become one organisation as a subsidiary of Humankind. EDP will retain many of its own processes, systems and brand but together we will focus on addressing health and social inequalities both across the South West and nationally. As COVID-19 has an impact across the country, including for our service users who are among the most vulnerable in society, we share a firm commitment to ensure that essential services continue to be delivered wherever and however possible. Penny Blackmore, CEO of...EDP joins Humankind

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COVID-19 – How we are working to support all our service users

We are making provisions to ensure that people who use our services can continue to receive the best care and support possible during this worrying time.  The health of the people who use our services, our staff and volunteers remain our top priority. To help reduce the spread of the virus, we may need to reduce some of what we offer or carry out appointments remotely where we can. This may vary from service to service – your local team will let you know what that means for you. We will do our very best to keep our essential...COVID-19 – How we are working to support all our service users

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LEADING CHARITY HUMANKIND AND SOUTH WEST CHARITY EDP TO JOIN TOGETHER

Pioneering health and social care charity Humankind and innovative Devon-based alcohol and drug charity EDP have announced they will join together on 1st April 2020. EDP will form a subsidiary within Humankind, a national organisation which takes an innovative approach to addressing health and social inequalities. Combined, we will employ over 1,500 staff who are committed to pursuing their vision for people of all ages to be safe, building ambitions for the future and reaching towards their full potential. Paul Townsley, Chief Executive of Humankind said today: “Humankind and EDP have worked collaboratively for several years and have recognised that...LEADING CHARITY HUMANKIND AND SOUTH WEST CHARITY EDP TO JOIN TOGETHER

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What’s on offer in the community – Christmas 2019

Devon Tiverton The Salvation Army  Are doing Christmas dinner in Tiverton on Christmas Day. Clients could either offer to help out or eat a meal. Sidmouth The Dairy shop Will be welcoming people of any age to come and join them for a free coffee, mince pie and company. 12:30 – 2:30 5 Church St, Sidmouth Exeter The Salvation Army Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ  The SA provides a community meal for the marginalised every Sunday between 1 and 2 and every Saturday between 6 and 7, except the second Saturday of the month.  On Christmas day we provide...What’s on offer in the community – Christmas 2019

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Malcolm & Colin’s BIG bike ride

Days 7 09/11/19 WE DID IT…All 10 of us have completed the challenge safely. Poor Chris the most experienced rider was the only one to fall off, and he wasn’t badly hurt. Mally, in his words “smashed it” and was the entertainment of the whole of Myanmar…We all laughed, cried and sweated to the end, oh and panted up hills! I will be posting pictures on Facebook of the last 24 hours. Thank you for taking the time to watch the relive videos. See everyone soon. It’s now going to take us 2 days and 3 flights to get home....Malcolm & Colin’s BIG bike ride

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Malcolm & Colin’s BIG bike ride

Days 6 07/11/19We’ve had the latest check in from Colin… We our now on our last day cycling. It has gone soo quickly. Yesterday we rode 87 km,BIG hill and we saw elephants, a wolf( no pics) fighting cockerels and parades. All with rain thrown in. Colin xx And this was Malcolm’s check in… After 5 days of hard cycling , this morning for me was very, very hard emotionally , which made the riding very hard. But I got my shit together and finished very strong. This is what I’ve trained for a whole year for. This is...Malcolm & Colin’s BIG bike ride

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services, incorporated and registered in England and Wales (company number 2145656). Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Company will be held at EDP offices, 3rdFloor, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP at 17:00 on Wednesday, 4 December 2019 for the transaction of the following business: As ordinary business to consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolutions as ordinary resolutions: Ordinary Business To re-appoint the Auditors, Bishop Fleming and to authorise the Board to fix their remuneration. To re-elect the following members of the Board...Notice of Annual General Meeting

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