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Edge Hill supports mental health service users through new partnership

The number of people affected by mental health problems is rising, with one in four people in the UK experiencing mental health issues each year, and Edge Hill University has joined forces with a leading group of charities in an attempt to tackle this.

Providing a range of mental health and substance use support services across England, Recovery Focus has united with Edge Hill to forge an exciting new partnership, bringing together academics from multiple departments across the University.

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David Millard retires from Recovery Focus board

Recovery Focus would like to thank Board member David Millard for his long service to Aquarius and the Recovery Focus Group Board as he takes retirement.

After an initial degree in English and Philosophy, David worked for the Probation Service between 1963 and 1997. He worked initially in Staffordshire and latterly in the West Midlands, picking up an MA in criminology from Keele University on the way.

His many years of experience included practice, staff supervision, training, and management. In the last years of his probation experience he was particularly involved with homelessness issues in the Birmingham area. Read more

Appeal for recovery volunteers

One of the Recovery Focus partners is looking for more volunteers to help support its work with people recovering from drug or alcohol problems in Derby.

Aquarius launched the new Derby Recovery Service in April this year, working alongside the Derby Drug and Alcohol Service with Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Phoenix Futures to support people whose lives have been impacted by substance use. The service provides a range of activities including support groups, arts and crafts, music, relaxation, and social gatherings as well as one-to-one support. In its first six months it’s helped 168 people on their recovery journey.

Volunteers play a key part in the service by helping to run groups and provide one-to-one support. Aquarius is keen for more volunteers to come forward so it can support even more people. It’s staging a volunteers open day on 24 October so people can find out more about how to get involved.

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Minister backs project to help young people into work

evolve-minister-visit-2Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, visited the launch of an innovative, new community project in Birmingham today (4 Oct) aimed at improving the life chances of vulnerable young people.

EVOLVE is a social enterprise being set up by local substance use support charity Aquarius, one of the Recovery Focus partners. The plan is to transform the famous, old Adam and Eve pub in Digbeth into a community hub to create positive opportunities for local young people affected by drugs, alcohol, mental health and/or homelessness issues.

After meeting with members of the project team during his visit today, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP said: “This is a big step for Aquarius and it’s a brave step. But it’s the beginning of a new life and new opportunities for the young people who’ll be supported by this exciting venture. I’m really heartened to hear how Aquarius is exploring new markets and new opportunities, and that they’ve the vision to realise their ambition.”

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Research into end of life care for people with alcohol problems

Aquarius has teamed up with academics from Manchester Metropolitan University to undertake ground-breaking research into the end of life care experienced by people with alcohol problems.

The two year study is being funded by a £420,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund  and aims to establish what level of care is provided to people with substance use problems who have chronic and life threatening conditions such as liver disease, cancer, heart disease or dementia. Read more

Recovery Focus welcomes new Alcohol Guidelines

Recovery Focus welcomes the first full guidelines on alcohol for 20 years published today by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies.

The new guidance states there’s no such thing as a safe drinking level. Responding to today’s announcement Annette Fleming, chief executive of substance misuse support charity Aquarius, a Recovery Focus partner, said:

 “We welcome these new guidelines as they aim to reduce consumption, encourage people to understand more about the harmful impacts and challenge the culture of heavy drinking.

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