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The ADP South community forum is holding its AGM on Tuesday 2nd May 2017 from 1pm – 4pm at West Church in Banchory, AB31 5TB.

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Please join us for a sandwich lunch prior to the meeting from 12.30 onwards. 

It would be great to see as many of you as possible as we look to appoint new committee members for the Aberdeenshire ADP South Community Forum.

Sadly, our chair Jean Henretty and our secretary Kirsty Greenhowe have both announced that their period of commitment to the South Forum committee has come to an end and that they will stand down at this meeting. I am sure you will all join me in thanking them for all their work and input over the past year and wishing them well for any new ventures.

This means the South forum committee will as of May have 2 vacancies, the chair position and the position of secretary. We encourage any interested forum members, and in particular community members, to consider this great opportunity to take up a role within the forum committee and to be actively involved in shaping the work of the forum.

If you would like to stand for our committee, then please contact kirsty.forrester@aberdeenshire.gov.uk  no later than Friday 21st April 2017.

If you require more information about these positions before 18th April 2017 then please get in touch with Tanja.Mehrer@aberdeenshire.gov.uk .

Also, if you or anyone you know requires transport to the meeting please get in touch and we will see what we can do!

ADP Recovery Week

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Day Venue Time Activity Led by
Monday

12th September

 

 

Monday

12th September

 

 

Monday

12th September

 

 

Monday 12th September

 

The Town Hall

Banchory

 

 

The Town Hall

Banchory

 

 

Stonehaven Community Centre

 

 

Stonehaven Medical group

 

 

11.30am-2.00pm

 

 

 

2.00pm-4.00pm

 

 

 

Afternoon

2-4pm

 

 

Evening

7.00pm

Recovery café.

Soup and a sandwich

 

 

Introduction to SMART Recovery

 

 

Bake, meet and greet

 

 

 

Patient Participation Group evening meeting

Siobhan

Chris

 

 

Siobhan

 

 

 

Bev

Brian

Chris

 

Jane

Bev

Chrissie

Chris

Tuesday 13th September The Barn

Woodend Barn Banchory

10.00am

 

 

 

11.30am

 

Welcome and refreshments

NEOS art exhibition and meet the local artists

 

Yoga & Mindfulness in Recovery – How They Can Work for YOU

Bev

 

 

 

Emma Kidd *

Wednesday 14th September Outside Hall

Stonehaven Community Centre

Bath Street

Stonehaven

10.00

 

 

11.00

Welcome and refreshments

 

 

Yoga & Mindfulness in Recovery – How They Can Work for YOU.

 

Brian

Chris

 

Emma Kidd *

 

Thursday 15th September

 

Deeside Activity Park

 

From 12.00 Various activities including Go Karting and lunch.

Please note;

This event is for Recovery Groups accompanied by Support only.

 

Jean

Chris

Friday 16th September Stonehaven

Meet at The Square Stonehaven

1.15pm Trip on the land train with refreshments. Bev

Chris

Siobhan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recovery Support

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The Scottish Recovery Consortium are offering 8-week course of study and practice, running annually in Sept ULab

This “U Lab” course is an a global programme run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which supports people and communities to make changes.  U.Lab connects people with each other – across Scotland and internationally – and provides access to world-leading learning about change.  It’s free, and open to anyone to take part.

Interested?

A taster session is being held on the 18th August in the Aberdeen Community Health & Care Village from 2pm to 4pm.

To book a place call 01224 558554 or email renata.giszczak@nhs.net

Improving the Quality of Drug and Alcohol Service in Scotland

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Small Test of Change Fund

The Scottish Government is making available small sums of money to encourage and support improvement in the quality of drug services. We are  looking to invest in local small tests of change which contribute to our ambitions to build and strengthen recovery orientated systems of care (ROSC) across services throughout Scotland and support implementation of The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care & Support in Drug & Alcohol Services.

A maximum of up to £3,000 (non-recurring) will be available per application (if successful). The concept of “small tests of change” stems from the Scottish Government 3-step Improvement Framework for public services. More detail can be found via: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0042/00426552.pdf.

Partnership applications are welcomed. It is expected that the lead bidder will be a third sector provider. It is also expected that applications received will sit within at least one of the following priorities; Prevention, Education, Harm Reduction and/ or Quality Improvement.

All applications should be signed-off by the local ADP. It is expected that any funding application received will clearly align to an outcome agreed as part of a local improvement work underway in your area. The ADP team in your area should be able to support you with this

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Deadline for applications and review process

This will be a rolling fund with applications received on a quarterly basis. The closing date for this round of applications is: 29th January 2016.

All applications received will be reviewed and successful bids will be notified within 4 weeks. Light-touch feedback will be provided to any unsuccessful applications. Read the rest of this entry »

Vacancy, Secretary – Aberdeenshire ADP South Community Forum

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transport adpThe Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership has three Community Forums, North, Central and South, where people meet and create local solutions to local needs around drugs, alcohol and recovery. With a very high level of community engagement, each forum has a dedicated support officer, a budget of £20,000 and a vibrant bunch of local citizen activists.

We currently have a vacancies for a Secretary  in our South Community Forum and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this exciting opportunity with interested parties. This is an opportunity to make a huge difference to communities in Aberdeenshire. Read the rest of this entry »

A sober affair – Transport and the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP)

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For most of us, getting to the doctors or a health appointment isn’t an  issue. We might drive, get a lift with a friend or family member, or get  the bus or train. We might be disgruntled over the frequency of the  buses, or indeed the cost, but nonetheless we would get there.

But what if we weren’t able to get a lift, or couldn’t afford the bus? We hear about how transport is an issue for the ADP and an initiative they have come up with try and address it.

The APD – what is it?

Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) is a collection of public bodies and citizen activists seeking to draw together interested parties to collectively tackle the issues associated with problematic alcohol and drug use and support recovery from addiction.

 Key Messages

The ADP’s three key messages are:

  1. Addiction can affect anyone. Difficulties with alcohol and drug misuse do not tend to occur because people have been hedonistic or irresponsible. They are more likely to occur because people are trying to cope with significant difficulties in their life and may also be affected by a range of fundamental disadvantages in life, including isolation.
  2. Recovery from addiction is possible. People should be hopeful that with support, they can follow a pathway of recovery that leads to a happy, fulfilling and contributing life. Some of the most inspirational and serene people you can meet are those who have pursued a recovery journey.
  3. Stigma and inequities in access to support can inhibit recovery and make addiction worse.

What does the APD do?

Aberdeenshire ADP works with communities on issues of prevention, public protection and recovery. The ADP has an active agenda to involve and engage citizens in improving support services and contributing to their delivery.

 The ADP and Transport – what’s the link?

For the last few years, a common response from citizens has been that the availability and affordability of public transport in Aberdeenshire has been a barrier to people accessing the services and support of the ADP. Not only this, but it restrains people from regular aspects of community life which are necessary to engage with the wider community and pursue a journey of recovery.

Substance misuse services aim to support people who can afford to access their services but this isn’t always possible.

How are we resolving these issues?

The ADP’s 3 community forums have tried to support people in need by providing funding for bus passes but have struggled with obtaining funding. Meanwhile, the has ADP sought to influence Transport Scotland to open the existing concessionary travel scheme for older and disabled people to include those actively working to recover from addictions. The current criteria for entitlement are here: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/public-transport/concessionary-travel-people-aged-60-or-disability

Similar requests from a number of other ADP’s across Scotland led to Transport Scotland agreeing in October to support a pilot project in Aberdeenshire to test whether temporary dispensations to the concessionary travel schemes would result in improved engagement and recovery outcomes for alcohol and drug clients in order to influence future policy.

How does the Pilot work?

The pilot commenced on 2 December and will run until end March 2015. The pilot enables certain staff in Substance Misuse services to assess whether difficulties in accessing affordable transport are a real barrier to someone making progress on one or more aspects of their agreed recovery plan.

If so, the staff member is able to authorise the person’s application for concessionary travel and will record their deliberations on a simple spreadsheet. This data will be evaluated at the end of the pilot to assess whether the rate of engagement in recovery activities such as care and treatment appointments, mutual aid, or other activities directly related to supporting recovery has increased and whether this has resulted in improvements in individual’s recovery progress.

If we can show that access to concessionary travel support enhances people’s recovery, we hope to persuade government to change eligibility for the scheme on a permanent basis. We hope the business case will stack up and that stigmatising views about people in recovery don’t get in the way.

For more information on the ADP please visit: http://www.aberdeenshireadp.org.uk/ or follow the ADP on Twitter: @abdnshireadp

 

Meet Local Community Substance Misuse Worker – Beverley Cattanach

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When we asked Beverley Cattanach, a Community Substance Misuse Worker in the Kincardine & Mearns area, if she could introduce herself to you all on the blog she said,

 “Oh wow have pondered over this for a while and really wasn’t sure what to write that others would find interesting!”

Now, we know that she’s a vibrant and inspiring character (who is rarely seen without a wopping touch of pink in her outfit) and we wanted to introduce you to someone this month who tied together February’s Alcohol & Drug theme and March’s focus on Wellbeing , so we gave her a few questions to get her started.  Read the rest of this entry »