DDN Conference 2024 Programme

DDN Conference 24

8.30 am: Exhibitors set up

9 - 10 am: Registration

10 - 11.20 am: Session one

Welcome and conference introduction.

Synthetic Opioids: The Safer Lives Team from Turning Point demonstrate the importance of peer-led education and engagement in tackling the ongoing risks from nitazenes and other novel and synthetic opioids.

Shayla Schlossenberg
Shayla Schlossenberg

Shayla Schlossenberg: Release’s drugs service coordinator takes up some of the issues around equal rights to healthcare that have made her regular ‘rough treatment’ column a must-read in DDN.

B3 Brent: How a peer-led user organisation works closely with their local service provider to provide needle exchange and other vital services and increase engagement.

11.20 - 11.50 am: Tea, coffee and networking

11.50 - 1.00 pm: Session two

Gareth Balmer and the Fife WithYou team: Sharing ideas from a strong peer network to enhance harm reduction services and prevent drug related death.

Stella Kityo, Founder of Women’s Brand Soulgetic: This passionate women’s development specialist will share inspiration on empowering women and strengthening communities.

Red Rose Recovery: A blueprint for creating meaningful service user led forum, that help to create recovery-ready communities and give an important voice to those accessing treatment systems.

1.00 - 2.00 pm: Lunch and networking

Tickets include refreshments and a full cooked lunch.

2.00 - 3.30 pm: Session three

You are the changemakers: A key part of the day is our interactive session in the afternoon, where we debate what’s working, what’s not, what we need to take forward and who needs to listen.

What does good treatment look like? How can we override stigma? How can we be heard by politicians and policymakers to make sure vital changes actually happen after the event?

This session is at the heart of being ‘Stronger Together’ and we need your voice. 

3.30 - 3.45 pm: Conference close

3.45 pm: Free entry to the Motorcycle Museum!

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