Delivering the DARS service at HMP Liverpool

Sandra Dutton, Prison Manager at the Change Grow Live Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service, (DARS) shares the highlights of her first 12 months working at HMP Liverpool. The service is delivered in partnership with Spectrum and Mersey Care under the banner of Better Health Liverpool.

Change Grow Live Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service has come a long way in the last 12 months, with a new staffing structure and new roles including Connecting Community Engagement Worker, Engagement Recovery Coordinator, Service User Involvement Lead, Peer Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator. 

These roles are linked with all departments across HMP Liverpool. As a busy local prison, we focus on service users whose behaviour may be difficult to manage and need additional support on release. Our workers are on hand at reception and on the segregation unit, offering help to people who often have long histories of substance misuse and offending.

We have encouraged the whole team to help shape our service; through running workshops and groups, family remembrance groups – providing space for close families to spend quality time together, community engagement and increased service user involvement.

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