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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Charity film tackles Cannabis

A new film exploring Cannabis and young people has been produced by a Northamptonshire based charity to help raise awareness.

CAN, part of Recovery Focus, has teamed up with Birmingham based Urban Head to produce the short video to highlight the potential harms of drugs and the impact they can have on young people.

Ali Mills, service manager of Ngagae, the young people’s team at CAN, said:

“The aim of our film is to raise awareness about Cannabis and the issues it creates for young people.

“Lots of young people know drug users, but feel it is recreational despite seeing the impact it can have on people.”

The film focuses on a young couples relationship and recreational use of Cannabis. The film offers a realistic view of the addictive nature of Cannabis as we see recreational use develop into addiction.

The film is available on YouTube and can be viewed here:

Young people who access the Ngage service played a key role in producing the film from scriptwriting to editing gaining hands on experience of film production.

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

Our response to House of Commons inquiry

On Friday Recovery Focus responded to a House of Commons inquiry into the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. The inquiry was launched by the Health Select Committee to investigate the impact Novembers Comprehensive Spending Review is having on health and social care in England.

In our response we touched on three main areas including investment in mental health, investment in substance misuse support and changes to housing benefit and the impact on social housing.

You can find our full written response to the inquiry here.

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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Recovery Focus recruiting new Group Chair

Recovery Focus is looking for an outstanding Group Chair to provide clear strategic leadership at this pivotal time for our new group.

Recovery Focus is a new national group of charities providing a range of mental health and substance misuse support services across England. Our growth has been iterative and collaborative, and is ongoing, with a vision to create a group of like-minded organisations who  add value to each other and to  the people who use our services.

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Welcome to Recovery Focus

Recovery-Focus-logoToday we launch Recovery Focus, the new name for our expert group of charities inspiring individual recovery nationwide.

Our new national group of charities is bringing together organisations with strong individual services, innovative approaches, flexible local presence and a wide range of expertise from around England. Between us we’ve a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions.

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