Devon launches a new Recovery Fund

Life can be tough for people like me, with addictions and in recovery. Getting out for fresh air, exercise and enjoying our local communities can be easy for some but extraordinarily challenging for those with complex lives however it has SO many benefits and has changed my life and we have the opportunity to change more, together. Together Service user Together Drug & Alcohol Services, EDP’s Devon service has just launched a new Recovery Fund. Why, you may ask, does Together need such a fund? Find out from a group of service users that have written an open letter...Devon launches a new Recovery Fund

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Dorset launches new Recovery Fund

REACH Drug & Alcohol Services, EDP’s Dorset based service has just launched a brand new fund to help any service user with their recovery. The Recovery Fund is a dedicated pot of money that will be available to any service user to help them stay focused on their recovery. For people in active addiction and early recovery it is vital to understand that recovery it is far more than giving up a substance. It’s about learning to live, rather than to just simply exist. Reducing or stopping substances leaves a huge void in someone’s life and so it is vital...Dorset launches new Recovery Fund

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REACH at the Weymouth Coffee Tavern enjoy strong links with the local community

REACH Drug & Alcohol Services has opened a free, friendly and confidential service at the Weymouth Coffee Tavern in Weymouth. The service has given the team the space to offer vital local clinical services, one to one appointments, group and meeting space, treatment rooms and needle exchange facilities. The team have learned how to work in a completely different way to support its service users during COVID-19, by for instance delivering prescriptions to those who were required to self-isolate or were particularly vulnerable to the virus.  REACH has turned many thousands of lives around and, one of the ways that many people who...REACH at the Weymouth Coffee Tavern enjoy strong links with the local community

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Dorset’s Service User Newsletter – Edition 3

This is the third edition of ‘Stay Connected’ Dorset’s eclectic and popular Service User Newsletter which is a co-produced magazine by Reach Drug & Alcohol Services and a team of lived experience volunteers. It features essential support, news from some of the projects that service users are involved in and recommendations of books and recipes that our community is trying this summer.Dorset’s Service User Newsletter – Edition 3

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The role and power of nature in recovery

For Mental Health Awareness Week EDP is featuring one of its transformational projects Flourish in Nature, a partnership between Active Devon, The Devon Wildlife Trust and EDP, funded by Sport England. This is because the theme for this year’s Awareness Week is nature and never was the power of nature in more evidence than with this project… “When you look outside on a sunny day you can see that the world is a beautiful place. Before, my eyes weren’t open to that.” Kelly Flourish in Nature is a project that is led by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services and...The role and power of nature in recovery

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How to order free needle exchange supplies by post

If you live in Dorset, did you know, you can get needle exchange supplies posted to you for free? REACH, EDP’s Dorset service is working with Exchange Supplies on a new service called NSP Direct.  This is a completely free service and means you can order clean injecting equipment to your home discreetly and in complete confidence. How do I order?  Get in touch with with your Recovery Worker, or the REACH switchboard (0800 043 4656) to get your unique code. Sign up on the Exchange Supplies website using your code and put in some basic info about yourself.   If you don’t have internet access, you can order...How to order free needle exchange supplies by post

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High Sheriff’s Award for lockdown letters

EDP’s Integrated Substance Misuse Team (ISMS) at HMP The Verne in Dorset were part of a team that were presented with the High Sheriff of Dorset’s Award in recognition of the invaluable support that was given to prisoners during the Coronavirus pandemic.   Before the coronavirus pandemic, AA Volunteers were visiting Residents of HMP The Verne every fortnight to hold a fellowship group. These groups were attended by Residents who enjoyed the encouragement, support and fellowship these meetings provided. When the country locked down for the first time, the valuable AA fellowship meetings stopped at all establishments. However, three Dorset-based...High Sheriff’s Award for lockdown letters

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