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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Weymouth Coffee Tavern gets a new lease of life

REACH Drug & Alcohol Services, Dorset’s free, open access substance misuse service is opening a new community hub in Weymouth. Weymouth Coffee Tavern at 24 High West St is a welcoming environment for REACH’s skilled and passionate team to offer a wide variety of help and support for anyone experiencing issues with alcohol or drugs. While the support is a little different during COVID, REACH has remained open throughout the pandemic, offering a flexible blend of professional help that is keeping people and families safe. The Weymouth Coffee Tavern allows REACH to offer a full range of services under...Weymouth Coffee Tavern gets a new lease of life

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Plug In Devon

A new community resource for Devon Plug in Devon is a new online community connecting people in recovery (of any sort) with each other and with services, organisations, and grassroots groups in the region. It is especially focussed on the increased impact that living with the Covid-19 pandemic may have on individuals. The website  includes online forums, news, personal stories, events, and a directory of services to help anyone in recovery from mental health needs, substance use, homelessness, or trauma.  The website is being developed by the Devon Together Alliance (DTA), a formal partnership of local organisations committed to system...Plug In Devon

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Stay Connected

Welcome to the Service User Newsletter for Dorset. Please take a look inside to discover wonderful contributions, lots of really useful harm reduction messages for the Christmas period, group meetings and of course cracker jokes.Stay Connected

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No hole goes on for eternity

Reflections on a journey to recovery – Part 3 If you’re reading this, and you’re a professional – thank you. “Together” I did it. If you’re reading this, and you think you’re me? Don’t be afraid of “Them”. Be afraid of what it is within you that made you recognise me. Don’t fall as far as I did. Or, do. Fall. Fall, and see what happens. Eventually, you’ll wake up on the cold hard floor, because no hole goes on for eternity.  When that day comes, and it will, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  There are more of us than you...No hole goes on for eternity

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