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We are proud to work in partnership with many of the leading charities and treatment providers in the sector.

Below are links to their sites and latest news and blog posts.

What to do if you have Long COVID symptoms

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Turning Point offers some advice about managing the symptoms of "Long COVID". Feeling unwell for a long time can be distressing – and for some...

Forward ‘Reach Out’ service praised by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

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The Forward Trust’s online chat service, Reach Out, was judged ‘notable positive practice’ by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) following an inspection of...

WDP celebrate their incredible volunteers

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WDP's incredible volunteers give up their time to make a difference to the lives of our service users.

Forward delivers major new probation services to rehabilitate offenders

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The Forward Trust’s reach and impact are growing after winning contracts to deliver new probation services aimed at rehabilitating individuals and cutting crime. Commissioned by...

COVID-19 and learning disability – change must come

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Turning Point's national director of operations, Clare Taylor, discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities.  Inequalities in health outcomes for...

How Forward’s enterprise support is creating new opportunities for economic growth

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Forward's social enterprise development manager, Tev Souleiman, reflects on Forward’s enterprise support over the past year and shares the organisation's plans for the future. Social...

Cross-party MPs demand reform of UK drug laws

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27th May 2021 marks 50 years since the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 received Royal Assent. This pivotal anniversary has spurred charities, senior...

Placing quality of life at the heart of transformation

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Davinder Jhuty, national head of service - learning disability at Turning Point, discusses the importance of multidimensional support strategies in treatment outcomes. By putting the...

Change Grow Live is working with Norfolk Police to prevent overdoses

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Change Grow Live is working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary to prevent overdoses and save lives. Naloxone is an emergency drug that temporarily reverses the...

‘Appreciating nature soothes my soul’

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For Mental Health Awareness Week, staff and clients of The Forward Trust shared examples of how connecting with nature supports their wellbeing. JP, client, Forward...

Nurture from nature

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Jon Hall, Phoenix’s environment and sustainability manager, reflects on the value of nature to aid recovery from addiction and poor mental health. Phoenix Futures’ Recovery...

SIG takes part in Mental Health Awareness Week

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SIG participated in the just concluded Mental Health Awareness Week – here is a snapshot of the week's activities. Biscot House Biscot House decided on an...

More support is needed for people with complex needs and their...

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Writing for Dying Matters Awareness Week 2021, Gill Campbell, head of nursing at Turning Point, talks about the importance of palliative care for those...

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces to reach...

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The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction have joined forces to expand much-needed addiction recovery services in the UK. The Forward Trust and Action on...

Connecting with nature is essential to good mental health

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Connecting to nature’s miracles can bring tremendous benefits, says Mark Peters. Connection to nature is fundamental to good mental health. However, our busy lives keep us...

WDP to provide substance misuse services to rough sleepers in Camden...

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WDP are delighted to announce that they have been successful in two bids to deliver substance misuse services to rough sleepers.

‘Just say no’ to zero tolerance policies

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Release's Laura Garius discusses why universities must adopt harm reduction. It’s time to adopt a harm-reduction approach to student drug use. Despite decades of universities...

The Archers, Alice and Alcohol

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Adfam Chief Executive Vivienne Evans discusses the latest alcohol dependency storyline on radio soap opera, The Archers. One of my childhood’s most enduring memories is...

It is the right time to highlight the link between alcohol...

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Turning Point's Nat Travis examines the impact of alcohol on mental health. As we move out of lockdown and prepare for more freedom, it certainly...

We need to divert more young people from the criminal justice...

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Diversionary schemes create better outcomes for young people and keep communities safer. Their time has come, says With You's Jen Rushworth-Claeys. Diversion is a common...

Debunking myths: naloxone, the life-saving antidote to opioid overdose

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The recent naloxone and overdose awareness campaign launched in the UK has stimulated an important conversation amongst many: what is naloxone? Though patented back...

Ways forward for the employability sector

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Forward's director of employment services Asi Panditharatna reflects on the company's achievements in the past year, as well as ways forward for the employability...

Who pays for drug treatment in residential rehabs?

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Who really funds drug treatment in residential rehabs, asks James Armstrong. It’s obvious isn’t it? In state funded rehab the state pays, don’t they? In community...

Exploring different approaches to drug and alcohol rehabilitation

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Detox and rehabilitation facilities play an important role in support. A mixed model is emerging in a complex treatment landscape, says Nye Jones. Grace* started...

Acorn Academy manager recognised for teaching excellence

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Acorn Academy teacher Derek Fredericks has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award at this year's Educate North Awards. Fredericks, an academy manager at Acorn Academy...

Eight things you may be stressed about as lockdown eases

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As we slowly ease out of lockdown this month, there are many valid worries and fears that you may be experiencing. Turning Point offers...

How Forward’s online chat service became a valuable safety net

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In May 2020, Forward launched its first ever live-chat service: Reach Out. Amy Lucas, Reach Out Service Coordinator, describes how the service has grown...

Improving commissioning in a time of change

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With reforms to health and social care on the way, policymakers have a unique opportunity to embed and strengthen what we know works, says...

Findings from Adfam’s Inclusivity Forum

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Adfam’s National Forum on inclusion saw discussion around barriers to inclusion, as well as the changes needed at service and policy levels to help...

One year on: managing recovery through three lockdowns

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Chantelle, a peer mentor from Croydon Recovery Network Drug and Alcohol Service, writes about her own recovery journey and the challenges posed by three...

Drink Wise Age Well: real stories

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After six years, the 'Drink Wise Age Well' programme is ending. These are the stories of people supported by the project. Born in 2015, Drink...

SIG Penrose Partners with ELFT

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SIG Penrose has announced a partnership with the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) to deliver an exciting new pilot project that will support timely...

Humankind to deliver young people’s drug and alcohol service for North...

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A new service to provide support for young people with drug or alcohol issues is set to be launched across North Yorkshire. The service, commissioned...

Calico Group supports homeless and at-risk individuals across Burnley

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As awareness of homelessness in our communities continues to be a priority following the pandemic, the Calico Group reflects on progress made across its...

The subtle stigma that erodes people’s right to health

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The team at Phoenix Futures discusses the current focus on stigmatising language. Quite rightly there is a current focus on stigmatising language. Use of language...

The Forward Trust to deliver psychosocial substance misuse service at HMP...

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The Forward Trust has announced it has been awarded the contract to deliver psychosocial substance misuse services at HMP Chelmsford. The service goes live on...

Online tool to help find a needle and syringe service

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With You launches first easily accessible ‘find a needle and syringe’ service to address escalating safety concerns sparked by the pandemic. With drug related deaths...

Change Grow Live: Our year of listening

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Change Grow Live adapted services to keep people safe in the pandemic, their Pulse Survey asked service users what they needed.

Learning from the most challenging year of my working life

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Paul Townsley's reflections as a CEO of Humankind on how they managed the ‘unprecedented’ context brought about by a global pandemic.

One year on – a moment for reflection and gratitude

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One year on from the first lockdown we are all reflecting back on the year we have just been through.

Change Grow Live introduce their National Lived Experience Group

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Change Grow Live announce that from 2021 the National Service User Committee will now be called the National Lived Experience Group (NLEG).

The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces

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The Forward Trust and Action on Addiction join forces to expand much-needed addiction recovery services in the UK

Supporting people rough sleeping during the pandemic

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Iain Barnes, Recovery Worker (Outreach), With You in Bournemouth - how his experience over the last 12 months has highlighted how with concerted action homelessness isn’t inevitable.

One year on since we became With You

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We changed our name and brand to With You on 26 February 2020. Life in the UK was about to change with a virus we’d hardly heard of.

Supporting isolated service users in East Kent to get tested for...

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Recovery workers in East Kent are now able to request postal Covid-19 tests on behalf of service users

Building resilience in tough times – Turning Point launch new ...

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Turning Point are piloting a new service in Nottinghamshire - Turning Point Connect.

Booker prize winner Shuggie Bain sheds light on a growing issue...

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More young people are affected by their parent’s drug and alcohol use. We need to support these families through this difficult time.

An interview with Mo

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The Social Interest Group interview Mo, a service user who is shortly about to leave their Farley Road Service.

Turning Point – New Year’s Resolutions

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As 80% of New Years Resolutions fail -Why New Year's resolutions aren't always a good idea

Dry January 2020

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If you are taking part in Dry January there is a host of support available, here are some useful links to help you.

DDN Publication dates 2021

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DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS (DDN) is the monthly magazine for everyone working with substance use issues. Since 2004 it has become established as the...

Kenward Trust appoint new patron

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Kenward Trust, a charity which supports those affected by addiction, homelessness and crime based in Kent, is delighted to announce the appointment of actor David Easter.

Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group reports

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DDN regularly covers meetings of the Drugs, Alcohol and Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group. Here are links to some recent reports.

Act-as-if you are infected and infectious’: what has the global Therapeutic...

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The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) bought together professionals, to reflect upon lessons from COVID-19

Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs calls for action on funding

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Ahead of the Government's 2020 Spending Review Phoenix Chief Exec Karen Biggs calls for action on funding

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 with Turning Point

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This year Turning Point have taken their Alcohol Awareness Week activities online, ensuring they are still able to recognise this important occasion.

Free counselling service, as relapse concerns increase

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Acorn Transformational Counselling service will be offering free sessions to those currently in recovery for drugs and alcohol addictions.

Jason Flemyng interviews political campaigner, New Labour strategist and mental health...

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The More Than My Past podcast tells the stories of notable former prisoners and addicts, presented by film star Jason Flemyng. Jason’s guest on the latest episode is Alastair Campbell. 

What Black History Month means to me

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Black History Month to me is a time of rejoicing, and celebrating the achievements and leadership of black people. It is a time when we tell our stories and are reminded of the good times, the bad times and the ugly times.

Here’s how Change Grow Live services have been celebrating Recovery Month

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Change Grow Live celebrates Recovery Month. From poetry, to carpentry, film-making to walking, their services have been getting creative as they mark the occasion this year.