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DDN magazine is a free publication self-funded through advertising.

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.

Run for Robert

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Caroline tells the story of her brother Robert, and why he is the inspiration for her fundraiser for Adfam: Run for Robert. I lost my...

When will racism meet its match?

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Simone James, national director of equality, diversity and inclusion at Change Grow Live, reflects on the racism that followed the Euro 2020 final, and...

Young people and the pandemic: living with addiction

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Forward's recent YouGov research found that up to 1 million children and young people could be showing an increase in addictive behaviour during lockdown....

Penrose visited by Bedfordshire PCC

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SIG Penrose Options has welcomed the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Festus Akinbusoye as part of his planned visits to organisations that his...

Forward delivers Restart Scheme in Thanet to support unemployed people

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The Forward Trust has begun providing the Department for Work and Pension’s Restart Scheme to jobseekers in Thanet. Forward is delivering the service in conjunction...

The Dame Carol Black review is a major opportunity to revitalise...

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Part two of the review provides ambitious recommendations for a treatment system in need of a boost, says Jon Murray, executive director of services...

We back Dame Carol Black’s call for change in drug treatment

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Change Grow Live has responded to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part 2. Today we: back Dame Carol Black’s call for a step-change in...

Phoenix Futures responds to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs –...

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This is a highly anticipated report that arrives at a critical time for the many thousands of people directly affected by substance use problems...

WDP response to Dame Carol Black’s Review of Drugs – Part...

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WDP has welcomed the publication of the second part of Dame Carol Black’s independent review on drugs. As a third sector provider of recovery treatment...

Tom Woodcock joins The Calico Group as new director of treatment...

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The Calico Group is pleased to welcome Tom Woodcock as Director of Treatment and Recovery in a new role.

Forward responds to the Dame Carol Black Review on addiction treatment

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Mike Trace, The Forward Trust CEO, responds to the long-awaited review into drugs policy by Dame Carol Black. The independent review commissioned by the government...

The Black Review: A shared mission for transformational change

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Adfam, Collective Voice, English Substance Use Commissioners Group and NHS Addictions Provider Alliance look at how Dame Carol Black’s Review of the UK's drug...

Substance misuse treatment: the NHS and the third sector both have...

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Dr David Bremner, consultant addictions psychiatrist and medical director at Turning Point, explains why the NHS and the third sector both must play a...

Michael’s story

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Army veteran Michael discusses his journey into addiction, and how Change Grow Live’s veterans service offered him support when he needed it most. My story...

We must tackle the rise in addictions caused by the pandemic

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The Forward Trust's CEO Mike Trace comments on the charity's new poll showing the rise in addictive behaviour during the pandemic, and the steps...

A year on from launching our LGBTQ+ webchat service, what have...

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Steph Keenan discusses how With You has evolved its offering to the LGBTQ+ community over the last 12 months, and built a more inclusive...

How the employability sector is creating thousands of new jobs

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The employability and skills sector is at the heart of the government’s Plan for Jobs strategy. New programmes such as DWP Restart and Kickstart,...

Introducing: the ‘More Than My Past’ film academy

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'More Than My Past' tells the inspirational life stories of people who have overcome addiction or crime. Now The Forward Trust is putting the...

Keeping that human connection during the pandemic

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With You's drug and alcohol work in Glasgow is all about relationships, and we've worked hard to keep that human connection without face to...

Why gender matters in drug and alcohol treatment

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The Government closed its call for evidence to inform its forthcoming Women’s Health Strategy this week, amidst recognition that a system designed for men...

Pathways residents learn cooking skills

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Four SIG Pathways to Independence residents have started a six-week cooking course, run in partnership with Ashdown and Medway Trust who run a housing...

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.