Stay Connected - Dorset's Service User Newsletter

Stay Connected

in this edition:
In this edition...







Service Updates
Feedback about our Services
News
A Volunteer Story
Health & Wellbeing
Training & Education







Culture
Volunteering
Help & Advice
Nutrition
Reality Check

Welcome:
Welcome all to another fully packed Newsletter with lots of information, advice,
real stories, art, cooking recipes, and more. Reach staff, together with service users
and volunteers have composed this edition for you to enjoy. We would like more
service users, mentors, and volunteers to contribute to the newsletter on a regular
basis. Please email your ideas and contributions to the Community Development
Coordinator: FranciscaVeale@reach-dorset.org
Remember there are lots of useful resources on our EDP website in the ‘Resource
Library’. Click on this link: Resource Library - EDP Drug & Alcohol Services
There you can also find the ’Dorset Wellbeing Directory’ which if full useful
information and links to assist with the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Stay Connecting
with others; getting Active; taking Notice; Learning, and Giving.
Click on the above link for the ‘Resource Library’
Resource Library - EDP Drug & Alcohol Services
and then click on ‘Mental Health Resources’ logo
and scroll down to the ’Dorset Wellbeing Directory’
Click here to join us on Facebook : EDP Drug and Alcohol Services | Facebook
Watch our Youtube channel: EDP Drug & Alcohol Services - YouTube
Times are changing as we slowly coming out the other end of the Covid-19
pandemic, hopefully. By the time you read this newsletter, most of Reach staff
will have received their second dose of the Covid vaccine. This means that it will
become easier for all of us to open up our services to more face to face contacts
after 17th May. Please check with your local hub and Reach staff about exact
arrangements.

Did you know...?

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Service Updates:

UPDATES FROM WEYMOUTH HUB:
Our Weymouth Coffee Tavern is open for appointments only and for NSP Monday
to Friday 9-4. Our satellite premises in West Dorset are also open for appointments
only at Dorchester (Tues & Thur), Lyme Regis and Beaminster. We will be offering
NX also if people want it of course. We are waiting on confirmation from Bridport,
to be able to offer appointments there too. At this time, all our groups are being
held on Zoom. If you wish to attend a group, please ask your worker for the timetables and joining codes. We will start back with our face to face groups, as soon as
the restrictions allow us to do this safely.
Hot off the press, the new Rough Sleeper and Homelessness prevention specialist
project has been officially christened Reach Out!
This new project will bring together local organisations to provide coordinated
support to people who experience multiple exclusion and homelessness. This will
promote health & wellbeing, inspiring and motivating positive change for the most
vulnerable in our County.
We aim to bring the right treatment to people with complex lives. We would welcome ideas for the Reach Out logo from staff and service users
The NSP Direct service is being launch on May 4th this is one part of our drive to
innovate the NSP/needle exchange offer including increasing access to Naloxone
training and OD awareness sessions on-line through our partners Exchange Supplies (based in Dorchester)
More info to follow
UPDATE FROM NORTH DORSET HUBS:
Blandford is back in full swing in May, meaning Monika and Mark will be in Blandford BURC (Broadstone United Reformed Church) every Wednesday and Friday.
We are going to offer face to face keyworking and assessments, groups available on
zoom only.
Sherborne satellite, unfortunately not ready to be open yet, possibly end of May,
as soon as we get update on premises over there, we will let you know. Sherborne
satellite will be open on Thursdays to face to face appointments and assessments.
No groups for the time being.

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Service Updates:

UPDATE FROM EAST HUBS:
We received great feedback for the peer group WhatsApp thread for support, connection and a safe place to talk. Also praise for the breakfast club sessions, on Zoom and
now back in person, as a valuable support for the weekend.
The first small groups are starting again in Christchurch and Wimborne hubs by invitation only. Groups are being continued to be offered via Zoom too. Face to face one
to one support and keyworking is available on appointment and will also continue via
phone calls and video calls.
Book Loan Scheme – Wimborne

A book loan scheme has been set up successfully by volunteers at the Wimborne hub.
We have a few books which have been donated or loaned by the REACH team. The
books subject matter relate to recovery in both Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Members of REACH have also helped by making book suggestions. We are hoping to set
up a book Loan scheme in Weymouth at the new hub also. We need volunteers and
mentors who would like to set it up at the Weymouth hub. Please contact: FranciscaVeale@reach-dorset.org

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Feedback about our Services:

Feedback from Dorset Service User Forum
Zoom sessions
• Brilliant groups, varied sessions, motivational, focusses mind on recovery & sets up
the day
• A great way to start the day, wonderful daily sessions
• Very grateful for the sessions, a great balance of self-recovery work and connection,
especially in lockdown to build connection
• Varies how strictly the topic/ content is adhered to on the navigator
• Lots of feedback on how it would be great to have more staggered timings across
the areas, so you could dip in and out of sessions
• Lack of afternoon groups for those wanting to immerse themselves in recovery,
more groups requested
• Longer sessions to cope with the topic of the day after longer check ins/ check outs,
extra time requested to share ideas & work on the actual topic of the day
• Check ins are perfect to allow the individual space to talk, but sometimes additional
time needed to cover the topic
• SMART sessions are more organised & disciplined, the reach groups can tend to rely
on the subjects covered in check in & be ‘winged’ a bit
Key worker contact (what we have actioned is in red)
• Delayed contact (3.5 weeks) when first referred to Reach, despite severe mental
health issues having been flagged. Once in place, excellent support - This has been
looked into and more staff training given.
• The need for improved communication between the key workers and clients was
key, raised repeatedly
• Some clients having to pursue key workers for appointments
• Inconsistent calls & 1:1s/ a lack of fixed appointments/ frequency unless the client
presses was a recurring feedback, especially as time in the service progresses - All
staff have been adjusting to the new way of working and this may of had an impact
on client contact. This has been raised to all staff and more training has been put in
place.
• The clients also felt embarrassed to be needy, but recognised the importance of contact to progress & improve their recovery journeys
• A client suggestion for video calls for 1:1s was well received as a suggestion, the need
for personal contact & building a relationship with the navigator was deemed essential - This should now be offered to all clients and face to face will be phased back
in.
• Also, the idea of asking the question to each client of ‘what support do you need’ as

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Feedback about our Services:

everyone’s needs vary so greatly - This has been fed back to staff
• Many would like a time set for the next appointment, with scheduled times rather
than ad hoc calls
• Once a routine had been established, the feedback was good - really useful sessions,
feedback & support, great space to unload
• The pressures of navigator work load was understood
Danny was highly praised as a key worker
Family Support
• A question was raised as to why family support was only available to the resident
parent, with the request for help being vital even if the child/ren was not living with
the client. The answer is: The family workers are flexible and will also offer support
if needed. Please speak to your RN and request support.
• The specialist family workers team, work throughout Dorset and take a whole family
approach. The team have been committed throughout the lock down period to ensure their families have still been supported. This was through applying for grants,
donating laptops, virtual and where needed face to face contact. If you would like
support from the specialist family worker, please speak to your Recovery Navigator
who can make a referral.
• “Thank you so much for the Laptop, the girls were struggling with home learning
on their phones. This has made such a difference, they are now happier doing the
school work and I am much less stressed”

“We can’t thank you enough for
the Laptop you gave to us, the
girls actually sit together now!
Happy Families!“

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News:
News from the Swanage allotment – by volunteer Malcolm White
I run the Swanage allotment here is a little update on the history and progress so far
this year. I have been in recovery for approximate 10 years and have found many tools
to help. I have just re-joined REACH as a Volunteer and have been involved with the
allotment since the outset.
It all started at one of the EDP group meetings - when a service user asked if an allotment could be made available for Service Users use. I approached Swanage Council
and we were offered this allotment. I have found that it is great for my recovery to have
a tranquil space, where you can grow your own produce, and be part of a project.
This year has been very busy:
• The shed has had a new roof fitted and a new work bench made.
• A new fence and gate has been erected to keep rabbits and deer out.
• A lot of digging the beds are progressing well with about a ton of manure has been
dug in (i live on a farm so have ready access to such stuff).
• Net enclosures for the fruit bushes has been made to keep the wildlife out - for
gooseberries, blackcurrants and raspberries.
• Potatoes and onion seeds have been planted.
• So if any anyone would like to be involved to grow their own vegetable, fruit and
plant in a safe tranquil alcohol and drug free environment contact me, or via the
Christchurch office.
Fundraising plans for the future
We are planning some fundraising event later this year and invite ideas such as Bake
off, an exhibition of service users artwork, or sponsored walking along the Jurassic
Coast and anyone can take part: service users, family members, volunteers, mentors,
students and Reach staff from Christchurch to Lyme Regis.
The idea behind it is that we raise money that then can be allocated to service users
for activities (i.e. swimming, yoga or pilates session) or items they cannot get through
other sources or from charities so to help our service users on their road to recovery. If
you have any fundraising ideas and/or would like to participate in fundraising events,
please contact: FranciscaVeale@reach-dorset.org

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News:

Hepatitis News
The Hep C Trust recruit, train and support a network of Peer Volunteers to assistance in
their goals around Hep C Elimination. An ideal Peer Volunteer is someone who has had
lived experience of Hep C themselves, although this is not essential!
Please see a list of the type of activities that the Trust can offer to Peer Volunteers:






Supporting patients to treatment by escorting them to clinics
Helping facilitate Hep C workshops in the community and promote testing.
Supporting us at Testing Events and Pop up Clinics to engage clients.
Telephone support for patients on Hep C Treatment.
Using own experiences of treatment to help reduce stigma.

The Hep C Trust support their volunteers with the following:






Full training package with Hep C Trust
Weekly check ins
Volunteer supervision
Covering Volunteers expenses for lunch/ travel.
Further training opportunities and development of skills.

If you are interested, please contact
vanessa.rodriguez@hepctrust.org.uk - Or FranciscaVeale@reach-dorset.org
Also note: The Hepatitis health bus will be parked at the railway station in Weymouth
on 14th May.

“Life is unpredictable,
It changes with the seasons,
Even your coldest winter
Happens for the best of reasons,
And though it feels eternal,
Like all you’ll ever do is freeze,
I promise spring is coming,
And with it, brand new leaves”

- Erin Hanson

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A Volunteer Story:

How I became a Hypnotherapist
by our Volunteer Hilary Charman (PHHD AMACCPH
MAPA)
My name is Hilary and I am a recovering addict and a Hypnotherapist.
I am passionate about Hypnotherapy because I used it to
turn my life around. I am also passionate about empowering other people suffering from addiction so that they
can change their lives too. I remember all too well what it’s
like to desperately want to get clean but not to know how.
To go through horrendous detoxes at home whilst, at the
same time, trying to look after my children, only to fail a few
weeks later because nothing had been dealt with. There
was no counselling, no therapy and nothing else in my life
had changed.
I read self-help book after self-help book but nothing stuck.
One day I was walking to the local shop and there was a
hypnotherapist clinic next door. There were some cards
outside so I took one. It had the lady’s name and it said that
as well as sessions she trained people in Hypnotherapy. I
thought to myself that I’d love to do it but I had no money
for something like that. Still I tucked the card away for safe
keeping ‘just in case.’
Fast forward several years and my Dad had passed away
and left me some money. I was 52 years old and my health
had deteriorated a lot. I was still using alcohol and drugs on
a daily basis. I was very overweight, I had palpitations, my
breathing was bad and sometimes, when I reached the top
of the stairs I felt like my heart was just going to give up. I
was frightened that I might die in my sleep. I was frightened
because I had a 5 year old daughter who needed me.
Somehow the memory of that card came back to me and I managed to find it. I
looked for the lady on the internet and sent her a message saying I was interested
in her training. She replied saying she was sorry but she no longer trained people
and was retired now. At the time I was pretty upset but looking back on it, it was the
best thing that could have happened because it brought my trainer into my life.
One day an advert showed up in my newsfeed. I had no knowledge of the workings
of the internet at that time so it was like the universe had just brought it to me. And
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actually I like to believe that is what happened. It was from a man called Andrew
Parr offering some free training which would explain the basics of Hypnotherapy. I
jumped at the offer and that’s how it began.
I loved the way Andrew worked right from the beginning. His integrity, kindness and
vast knowledge and experience is the foundation of everything he does. Halfway
through the free course I paid to do the Professional Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
training and as I began to learn I began to make self-hypnosis recordings to help myself. I remember the first one I made was in October 2016. I played it to myself twice a
day for weeks and from that first day I made it I stopped using illegal drugs. I was still
on prescription drugs but I weaned myself off them bit by bit. Then I did a healthy
eating recording and gradually over the period of a year I lost 4 1/2 stone.
I’m not saying any of this was easy. It was hard. Anyone who has been on opiates
for years knows that when you come off, your body has huge adjustments to make.
I suffered from brain fog for about a year and had to stop my course because I
couldn’t concentrate. Sleep was an issue and it took me a long time to wean myself
off the sleeping tablets Id been on for 15 years. Anxiety was an issue. My whole body
was feeling things I wasn’t familiar with.
I did some sessions with other Hypnotherapists to help me work through some stuff.
I had two deeply transforming sessions with Andrew, a lot of which was spent in just
sobbing, letting all the pain out. Then in 2018 I finished the course. I was now free
from drugs and a fully qualified Hypnotherapist ready to start my own business. It
was hard to believe.
I am so grateful for the day that Andrew’s advert showed up in my newsfeed, because he gave me the tools I needed to transform my life, and now, if you’re interested, these are available for everyone in his new book The Real You by Andrew Parr.
There is light at the end of the tunnel, don’t give up, the point of power is now, it’s
always now! .............Next time I’ll talk about how Hypnotherapy works.
If you want to find out more or would benefit from hypnotherapy, contact Hilary
Charman via the Weymouth hub.

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
- Lao Tzu

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Health & Wellbeing:
The Importance Of Sleep
Last month on 19 March was World Sleep Day. Sleep is a vital part of every person’s
overall health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep is as important as eating
well and exercise when it comes to your wellbeing. When you sleep, it allows your body
to rest, repair and prepare for another day.
However, it is not just about the amount of sleep you have...... it is also about the quality.
If you regularly wake in the night, or still don’t feel rested after you have had the recommended amount of sleep, it may be signs of poor sleep quality.
There are so many benefits from us getting a good nights’ sleep, yet it is something
that many of us struggle with. We have put together some advice and tips on how you
can get a better night’s sleep.
Benefits of Sleep:
It can help you:

Get sick less often

Stay at a healthy weight

Lower your risk for serious health problems, like diabetes and heart disease

Reduce stress and improve your mood

Think more clearly and do better at work and in your day to day activities

Get along better with people

Make good decisions and avoid injuries – for example, sleepy drivers cause thousands of car accidents every year
Quality Sleep:
Normally when you fall asleep, the first 25 minutes or so is usually “light sleep”. This is
your body starting to relax and preparing to go into a deeper sleep. Deep sleep is the
really critical part of your sleep where your body repairs itself, restores energy, and releases hormones – all the good stuff!
Once you have entered into a deep sleep, you will reach the ‘rapid eye movement’
(REM) stage. This is usually about 90 minutes after falling asleep. This is the part of
your sleep when you typically dream. REM sleep is thought to be involved in the process of storing memories, learning and balancing your mood.
Because your sleep cycle repeats (normally in 90-minute cycles), you enter REM sleep
several times during the night. The first period of REM typically lasts 10 minutes. After
that, each REM stages gets longer and longer, with the final one potentially lasting up
to an hour.
Most people need between 7-9 hours a night to ensure that they are not compromising on the quality of sleep and are completing enough sleep cycles.
(Source: Amy Fleming in The Guardian, Sunday 28th July 2019)

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Health & Wellbeing:
Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16th May)
We are delighted with the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week - it’s all
about connecting with nature, a theme very close to all our hearts after the isolation of
lockdown and the solace that so many of us took in natural spaces, whether in the garden or on a health walk or bike ride. Now that lockdown is beginning to ease, we’d love
to see how and where you connect with nature. If you happen to be out and about in
the coming weeks, please snap a shot and send it in to kerrieclifford@edp.org.uk. We’ll
compile them for Mental Health Awareness Week and celebrate the healing power of
the natural environment.

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule,
but to schedule your priorities.
- Stephen Covey

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Training & Education:
FREE training courses online:
Check out Open Learn - https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue
There are lots of free courses available.
Stress awareness tips: Five tips for relaxing during difficult times
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/health-sports-psychology/mental-health/five-tips-relaxing-during-difficult-times?in_menu=1793425
Anxiety & Depression Courses – Free and easy to follow online:
Explore anxiety and depression with these free online mental health courses from FutureLearn, examining the best way to improve mental wellbeing
https://www.futurelearn.com/subjects/psychology-and-mental-health-courses/anxiety-and-depression
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health
Advocacy in the Workplace
The purpose of this qualification is to give learners the skills to support colleagues with
mental health problems. Apply: https://freecoursesonline.co.uk/mental-health/mentalhealth-first-aid/
Free course to help with IT:
The BBO UCan project is for anyone living in Dorset, aged 25 or over and not in paid
employment. Due to the nature of operating a remote service, the participant must
have access to the internet either via a smart phone, laptop, computer or tablet. All
participants who join The BBO UCan Project have the opportunity to engage with the
free IT courses:
SHAPE – Mental Health & Wellbeing support offered by our WISE Choices Team
Employability – A dedicated Employer Engagement Officer supports participants
on a one to one basis with CVs, application forms, interview skills, sourcing vacancies
and much more
External – Support to directly access a range of external provision via our partnerships
Know of someone who may benefit from some support?
Call: 0300 303 3737
E: janet.costello@wiseability.co.uk
W: www.wiseability.co.uk/bbo

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Training & Education:

VIRTUAL DAYS OUT FOR YOUR DAYS IN
Enjoy our route’s places and spaces from your sofa. If you’re missing getting out and
about, we have an idea up our sleeve; virtual days out. We’ve found some of the best
things to do in places along our train line, all without leaving the sofa. All you need is
working Wi-Fi, a cup of tea and your favourite biccie! Check out: https://www.lner.co.uk/
virtual-days-out/?utm_source=Merkle&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Explore_Virtual_Trips_CTA&utm_campaign=Program_Virtual_Days_Out_May2020&Generic-ST-DB
On this page you will find:

Get outdoors ; Museum trips; Music and theatre; Gallery tour

Historic buildings; Family fun
BOOK TIP - In Praise of Walking by Shane O’Mara
‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier
and brainier
Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular
walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like
nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym
kit for
a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.
“Our sensory systems work at their best when they’re
moving about the world,” says O’Mara. He cites a 2018 study
that
tracked participants’ activity levels and personality traits
over 20
years, and found that those who moved the least showed malign personality
changes, scoring lower in the positive traits: openness, extraversion and agreeableness.
There is substantial data showing that walkers have lower rates of depression, too. And
we know, says O’Mara, “from the scientific literature, that getting people to engage in
physical activity before they engage in a creative act is very powerful. My notion – and
we need to test this – is that the activation that occurs across the whole of the brain
during problem-solving becomes much greater almost as an accident of walking demanding lots of neural resources.”
O’Mara’s enthusiasm for walking ties in with both of his main interests as a professor of
experimental brain research: stress, depression and anxiety; and learning, memory and
cognition. “It turns out that the brain systems that support learning, memory and cognition are the same ones that are very badly affected by stress and depression,” he says.
“And by a quirk of evolution, these brain systems also support functions such as cognitive mapping,” by which he means our internal GPS system. But these aren’t the only
overlaps between movement and mental and cognitive health that neuroscience has
identified.
To get the maximum health benefits, he recommends that “speed should be consistently high over a reasonable distance – say consistently over 5km/h, sustained for at
least 30 minutes, at least four or five times a week.”

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Culture:
Outdoor Swimming – By Francisca Veale
I made a New Year’s resolution this year and it’s the first and only I ever stuck to! I
started swimming in the sea on 1st January with the target of 100 swims for 2021. Yes,
I know, crazy, but I’ve done 35 swims in the first 4 months of this year, so I’m well on
target. Why you may ask? I used to go swimming in the pool twice a week but hadn’t
been swimming in 2020 due to Covid. I’ve missed my swimming and working from
home for the last year has had a negative impact on my body & soul.
A friend suggested cold water and outdoor swimming and I did some reading about it
and found that it has many health benefits it has, from boosting the immune system
to apparently keeping dementia at bay. I’m amazed how much better I feel physically
and mentally after a rejuvenating swim in the sea!
To find out more, the Outdoor Swimming Society provides a space within which a
community of independent spirits can share the joy and adventure of swimming outdoors. Sign up for Elsewhere, the free monthly journal, and follow on Facebook, Instagram.
Cold Water Health Benefits:

Less muscle soreness – improves recovery

Reduces body pain and inflammation

Boost your immune system

Improve circulation

Boost your brain power

Potential weight loss (though not guaranteed) through improved metabolism

‘Cold adaptation’ – through repeated cold swimming it is possible to bring down
blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce fat disposition, inhibit blood clothing and increase libido

Good for the skin and hair
Cold Water Mental Health Benefits:

Manage anxiety, stress and depression

Increase alertness, clarity and energy levels

Release endorphins (happy hormones)

Feelings of euphoria and achievement and a sense of will power

A sense of community – meet others who are swimming to have a lovely time

Reconnecting with nature

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Volunteering:
Tips from our Volunteer Ken Gough
VOLUNTEERING - In my working lifetime I have encountered many people who have
had to struggle in life through addiction and other problems. When a person is brave
enough to step forward and say I have a problem and ask for HELP, then I think the
rest of Society should hold out a hand and help out. Since I have been a volunteer with
REACH, I have not been able to do as much as I would have liked to have achieved, due
to two operations and Covid have prevented me. I hope for better in the future, it is
nice to see a successful outcome.
SPORT - I have found that swimming is an interesting past time or join a gym. In respect of swimming, most pools will assist you to find a group to suit your initial ability. Work out your personal goals, in what you hope to achieve. Don’t be put off by the
North Atlantic racing Sardine, the one who overtakes you six times whilst you are doing
your one length. Just concentrate on yourself and your personal goals and keep fit in
the process and gain new friends.
LEARN - a language, DUO LINGO is a free service on the internet and once you have
selected a language you will get to grips with understanding the written word. Once
you are hooked on it, you should be able to join a speech class at an education centre
or elsewhere, and expand your ability. I have tried my DUO lingo skills out on one of my
best mates Volker, he went into fits of laughter and offered to become my theatrical
agent for employment as a comedian in Germany. I am not brave enough to try my
German out on you yet, Francisca.
FAMILY ANTECEDENTS - My sons were interested in my background [I was adopted at
5yrs old] and they started some research, on ancestry.com and found plenty of willing
people to help them. They discovered numerous family members in Ireland, Canada,
USA. I am currently in touch with two half-brothers in Canada and have been invited
out to see them once Covid is under control. Once you have paid to join it is an interesting past time especially in the winter. *WARNING* To anyone who had an exciting life, it
might not work out too well. ???

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“Drawing really helped keep my mind and hands busy and was one of the biggest tools I
found work to help me though my recovery.” By Tina, our newly recruited Peer Mentor

Listen to silence, it has so much to say
(picture taken at Sculptures by the Lake,
near Dorchester, by Francisca Veale)

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Help & Advice:

START’s Open Groups
For April, May and June 2021
START: Virtual Quiz Group
Join Hannah every Monday at 12pm for her virtual fun quiz group on Microsoft Teams.
Please contact Hannah on 07769 931698 for further details on how to join.
START: Talking Café Groups
Talking cafes are an informal get together in a public place (or online) where you can
access advice and support from champions and trusted health professionals. It provides an opportunity to connect with other people, make friends and chat to champions about activities, support groups and services in your local area
Virtual:
Join us every Monday (1pm) for a coffee and a chat on Microsoft Teams. Please contact
Hannah on 07769 931698
Outside:
Bridport: every Tuesday from 1-2pm held in the Quaker Gardens, 95 South Street, Bridport. (Starts 6th April 2021)
Dorchester: every Friday from 11-12 held in the Borough Gardens. (Starts 9th April 2021)
Please call Sarah on 07717 422049 for further details about these groups.
START: Walking Dorchester
All levels of fitness welcome for a walk. We’ll walk various different walks about
Dorchester. We’ll aim to walk 2/3 miles. Meet Tuesday’s at 13:00 at Dorchester Library.
Call Matt on 07842 104646 for further details. (Starts Tuesday 6th April 2021)
START: Virtual Mindfulness
On Thursdays at 14:30, you are warmly invited to participate in the benefits of mindfulness to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. This group is on Microsoft Teams
and please email Pam at pamela.goddard@nhs.net to book your place or for further
details. New course starts Thursday 15th April 2021.
START: Virtual Art
Join Hannah every Friday at 1pm for her virtual art group on Microsoft Teams. Have
items to sketch or colour-in ready. Please contact Hannah on 07769 931698 for further
details on how to join.
START: Cycling Bridport
All abilities welcome for a gentle cycle ride of approximately 10km. Just turn up with
your bike, a cycle helmet and refreshments. Fridays: 10:30am. Meet at The Car Park by
Bridport Football Club, Skilling Hill Road, DT6 5LA. Call Tanya on 07768375345 for further details. (Start’s Friday 9th April 2021, note no group cycle on 16/4/21)

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Help & Advice:
Fight Back Mental Health: Boxing
No experience needed, 90 minutes of boxing related exercise in a friendly environment. Mondays 10:30am -12pm at KN Boxing and Fitness, Stanley Street, Weymouth,
DT4 7BX. Book via messaging their Facebook Page @fightbackmh (max group size
is 12 people and the latest government guidance will be in place) – Bring your own
gloves, drink and be gym ready. Call Matt on 07842 104646 for further details. (Start’s
Monday 12th April 2021,)
START: Virtual Book Club
Join our monthly book club on the last Wednesday of the month (between 2 and 3pm)
and share our love of reading books and poetry. This group is on Microsoft Teams.
Please email Pam at pamela.goddard@nhs.net to book your place and for further details.
START: Follow Along Fitness
This is our fitness and cooking Facebook page, with a catalogue of virtual fitness classes for you to ‘follow along’ with as well as cooking tutorials for some healthy eating ideas. To gain access to these classes, all you need to do is go onto Facebook and join the
group “Follow along Fitness”. Please call Conor on 07826 877538 for further details.
Note: No groups will be run on Bank Holiday Mondays

Nutrition:
Detox meal: Cauliflower Rice
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 7 mins
kcal: 58
Ingredients

1 medium cauliflower

good handful coriander, chopped

cumin seeds, toasted (optional)

Cut the hard core and stalks from the cauliflower and pulse the rest in a food processor to make grains the size of rice. Tip into a heatproof bowl, cover with cling film, then
pierce and microwave for 7 mins on High – there is no need to add any water. Stir in the
coriander. For spicier rice, add some toasted cumin seeds.

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Non Prescribed Substance

Employment Assistance
Programme
Evidence Based

NPS
NSP

New/Novel psychoactive
substances
Needle Syringe Provision

N/V, N&V

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E

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Alcoholics Anonymous

EAP

ACES

Adverse Childhood Experiences

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ADHD/ADD

ED

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Amphetamine

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Emergency
Department/Doctor
Methadone

ASG

Adult Safeguarding

EH

Early Help

OPI

Opiates

ATR

Alcohol Treatment Requirements

EUPD

Emotionally unstable
Personality Disorder

OST

Opiate Substitute Therapy

B

F

O

P

BBV

Blood Borne Virus

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

PLO

Public Law Outcome

BP

Blood Pressure

FPZ

Family Partnership Zones

POM

Prescription Only Medicine

BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder

G

PPN

Person Protection Notice

BUP

Buprenorphine

GDPR

PSI

Psychosocial Intervention

BZO

Benzodiazepines

H

C

General Data Protection
Regulation

R
RA

HALO

Risk Assessment

CA

Cocaine Anonymous

HLW

Hospital Liaison Worker

RAP

Risk action plan

CAD

Community Based Detox

HRDA

High risk Domestic abuse

RM

Risk Management

CAMHS

I

RN

Registered Nurse

CBC

Child and Adolescent Mental Health
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complete blood count

RPH

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CIN

Child In Need

IN

Initial Child Protection
Conference
Intranasal

CJ

Criminal Justice

IM

Intramuscular injection

SBA

strength based assessment

CMHT

Community Mental Health Team

IV

Intravenous

SCRA

COC

Cocaine

M

CP

Child protection

MARAC

CP Plan

Child protection Plan

MASH

CSE

Child Sexual Exploitation

MCA

Synthetic Cannabis Receptor
Agonist
Specific Measurable Achievable
Realistic Timeframe
Self-Management and
Recovery Training
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Services
Single Point of Contact

D

ICPC

S

SMART
Multi-Agency Risk
Assessment Conference
Multi Agency Safeguarding
Hub
Mental Capacity Act

N

SMART
Recovery
SPLITZ
SPOC
STARS

Sexual Trauma And Recovery
Service

DSC

Daily supervised consumption

NA

Narcotics Anonymous

T

DAST

Drug Abuse Screening Test

NAS

Intranasal

TAF

Team around Family

DAST

NFA

No Fixed Abode

THC

Cannabis

DNA

Drug and Alcohol Safeguarding
Team
Did Not Attend/Answer

NKA

No Known Allergies

U

DOB

Date Of Birth

NKDA

No Known Drug Allergies

UT

Urine Test

DOLS

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

NOCU

Non opiate or cocaine user

UTI

Urinary Tract Infection

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