‘There are much-needed glimpses of hope’
Our news in this issue leads with the positive results of the heroin assisted treatment pilot in Middlesbrough – a scheme whose dramatic impact has resulted in funding to evaluate it, Armedand which will hopefully encourage further roll-out. These are the moments we must look for in a terribly difficult year. Our review of the last 12 months (p14) reminds us of the painful decisions and swift adaptations we all had to make – but it also tells the story of services rising to the challenge and gives much-needed glimpses of hope.
There are many opportunities ahead, particularly through partnership working. Adfam and the Forces in Mind Trust have been finding ways to support veterans and their families (p6), answering a massive need that’s been flagged up for so long in our sector. Alcohol Awareness Week has galvanised services from all over the country to educate and inspire for the common cause (p8). And a parent’s concern about a school’s approach to drugs is an invitation to comment on this fundamentally important matter (p12). We’ve also focused on the vital process of commissioning (p10), with an invite to join the debate.
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Claire Brown, editor