DDN Conference 2022 Programme

DDN Conference 2022 – Programme and timings

Please see below for details of speakers and session timings for this year’s conference. We hope you will enjoy the presentations and find them interesting and informative. There will be chance to ask questions and find out more about all of the projects both during the sessions and in the exhibition area.

9.00–10.00am registration and refreshments


10.00–11.30am Session one

The state of the sector: Rosanna O’Connor, OHID

An update on the impact of the Carol Black report and recent funding announcements, and the implications for people with lived experience.

Female focused services: Nic Adamson, executive director, Change Grow Live 

We need to listen to women to understand the barriers they’re facing – and to see the things we can all do to make a difference.

Engaging BAME communities: Sohan Sahota and David Thomas, BAC-IN

Sharing the innovative work of BAC-IN, a grassroots service inspired by lived experience, to engage BAME communities. 

Fairness at work: Rebecca Odedra, head of reintegration at WDP, and Kim Archer, health and employment programme commissioner at West London Alliance

Getting back into paid employment through the right support, using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model. With filmed contributions from service users, Rebecca and Kim explain how their project supports people to enter a competitive job market and overcome barriers to employment


11.30–12.00pm Tea, coffee and refreshments


12.00–1.00pm Session two


Together for wellbeing: Social Interest Group’s Roots Project

Looking at ways that a community garden project has helped bring people together and improved individuals’ wellbeing and mental health.

Call for unity: Ed Day, recovery champion

Ed Day is a clinician, researcher, expert advisor – and the UK government’s recovery champion. He believes strongly in a united approach and that there is no one path to recovery.

Lived experience matters: The College of Lived Experience (CLERO)

CLERO share their work in creating a network of lived experience recovery organisations (LEROs) based on quality standards, which equip members to overcome stigma and have equal opportunities in the workplace. Featuring a presentation by Peter Yarwood of Red Rose Recovery.

1.00–2.30pm Delicious lunch, networking, and a chance to enjoy the exhibition


2.30–5pm Session three (with tea/coffee available)


Dynamic outreach: Medway Hope

How partnership working between services and peers has delivered naloxone and other vital harm reduction interventions in the community and increased engagement with treatment services.

A hand up: The Hepatitis C Trust

Sharing how their peer-to-peer education (P2P) programme delivered by people with lived experience of hepatitis C increases testing numbers and the likelihood of diagnosed patients going on to access highly successful treatment. 

In it together: Sandwell Project SCORE

How outreach work by active drug users and people with lived experience and local knowledge has been highly effective in engaging hard to reach groups.


Peer-led partnerships for people who use drugs

A dynamic session led by Mat Southwell of EuroNPUD, who are coordinating this initiative on behalf of drug user groups in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

The session will focus on the development of quality standards in different areas of peer-led harm reduction. The goal is to create a common set of quality standards that providers, commissioners and peer teams will all commit to work to, regardless of who holds the local contract.

Panel – 30 mins:
The panel of speakers introducing the session will be short 5 minute stimulating opening reflections intended to open working group discussions:

1) George Charlton – Building peer work teams that distribute Naloxone
2) Magdalena Harris – crack pipes and stimulant harm reduction. 
3) Danny Morris – Hep C Elimination and increasing access to P2PNSP 
4) Duncan Hill – OAT Client Guide (Adam Winstock – SODA)
5) Global Peer Work Consultation video  –  cartoon description of event process and recommendations.

Working groups – 30mins:
  1. Building on P2PN to create P2P low threshold access to drug services
  2. Stimulant harm reduction
  3. The role of peers in HCV elimination – testing, treatment and prevention 
  4. OAT Literacy and Rights – new tools to support therapeutic alliance and rights in drug treatment
  5. Working towards the GPWC recommendations in the UK
Feedback from working groups
Chaired by Mat Southwell


All welcome, and all encouraged to participate and help mobilise a vital upgrade in harm reduction through peer networks.


5.00pm Conference Close

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