Devon Summer 2021 Newsletter

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in this edition: In this edition... • • • • • You said, We did Hello from Amy Working Better Together Lockdown Update Spotlight on Flourish in Nature • • • • • • Summer Edition 2021 Harm Reduction Family Activity Boxes Book Club Yummy Recipe Good News Posts Relapse Prevention - A Day Out Welcome all to the June 2021 edition of the “All Together Now Newsletter”. If you would like to make a contribution for the next edition or have ideas on how improve the newsletter, please contact the Community Development Team on togetherallcomdev@edp.org.uk or daveparks@together-devon.org.uk Alternatively you can speak to your EDP/Together contact/Recovery Navigator who can request one of the Community Development Team (Sian, Dave and Amy) to make contact with you. Welcome Message from Joni: Hello All I hope you are doing well, as we ease out of lockdown, although it’s exciting it can feel unsettling as we start to move back to ‘normal’. With this in mind, please speak with your work, GP or any person that you feel most comfortable with about how this feels for you and what adjustments you may need. Over the past year and a bit, we have recognised that a lot of the people we work with respond really well to digital interventions, whether this be by the phone, video calling or via Zoom groups. We will continue to offer this, but we will also be increasing our face to face work. If you would like to see your worker or the service face to face, please give us a call. We are currently holding a waiting list to access our service, this is not ideal and we are doing all that we can to address this, with this in mind, we really encourage you to attend your appointments and where you are unable, please let us know, this way we can offer out this slot to someone waiting. You should now be aware that our Bideford office is now closed and we have a permanent office in Barnstaple, this provides greater access to our needle exchange so please come and see us. Along with this, we have combined our Exeter, Mid and East teams to make it easier to access the service where you are in more rural locations. Over the next few months, we will be looking at our satellite sites to give everyone easier access into the service. Finally, we really want to hear from you. Joni’ Did you know...? Community Service Manager, Together Devon 1

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YOU SAID, WE DID:

JUNE 2021 “You Said, We Did” boards. These show the outcomes and developments from surveys that have been completed over the past year within Together and the Devon Community: SO……………….. we would like further groups in our area (the South Newton Abbot) following the recent roll out of the “alcohol education & change in action” programme, especially around relapse prevention and not in the middle of the day. Set up a Relapse Prevention group ran by a Recovery Navigator with the support of a Volunteer which runs every Wednesday 5.306.30. Will I still be able to have newsletter sent to me once I am no longer in service Yes if we can send it electronically and also you can pick up hard copies at Together Hubs and some other Community Care sites. having to use passcodes for Mutual aid groups such as SMART and Flourish Cafes provided a barrier to access these groups and that if we tried these Groups without passcodes we may get increased attendance. that you felt that there was enough promotion of NA and AA meetings within Together that you would like to see the return of Face to Face Groups activities such as Relapse Prevention and Flourish Cafes. 2 Remove access codes from these groups and advertised open access for all. Contact AA Emily King Public Information Officer Alcoholics Anonymous Devon Central to offer talks to Together MDT regarding AA to raise profile. Dates are provisionally booked for 21st and 28th July MDT Meetings In conjunction with the easing of lockdown commence formulating a schedule for F2F meetings. We also have initiated a volunteer rota to carry out meet and greet face to face in Magdelene House Exeter Hub

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I’m Amy and I started in post as Co-Production and Volunteer Manager for EDP back in January. My role’s all about finding ways to make sure that your voice is at the heart of everything we do, and to help us decide on how and what we offer as a service. We want it to be as easy as possible for you to tell us about your experience of accessing Together and ideas about what you want or don’t want. We’ve decided to call our collaborative approach, Working Better Together, a name that was agreed on between people accessing the service, lived experience volunteers & mentors and staff members. There are lots of ways to get involved: • Join us at a ‘Working Better Together’ Action Meeting – you might have heard these before as ‘Service User Forums’ – these are Devon wide and are a space to share your thoughts, feedback and ideas in a group meeting. We also bring issues or question that we have so we can find solutions together. Everyone is welcome – you, family & Friends, partner organisations, staff and volunteers. We currently host these online on the 1st Monday of each month between 1:30pm – 3pm. Join us Zoom using the following details: https:// zoom.us/j/98641282510 • Meeting ID: 986 4128 2510 • Passcode: 744771 • We also host monthly ‘Working Better Together’ Strategy Meetings – these are similar to above but look at governance, policy and wider strategy for EDP as a whole. Examples include agreeing how we involve you in recruitment processes, in training and how we can communicate better together. If you’re interested in getting involved in these please contact me on 07860918220 or amycallebaut@edp.org.uk or contact Dave Parks on daveparks@togetherdevon.org.uk or 07881846759. • When we are looking to make changes to a part of the service, we often create ‘working groups’ where a small number of staff with relevant experience or interest, volunteers, service users and partner organisations if relevant, come together and agree what should happen. If you’d like to be a part of this or have a particular interest, please contact Dave Parks on daveparks@together-devon.org.uk or 07881846759. • Talk directly to your Recovery Worker (or any volunteer or staff member) • Call us on 0800 233 5444 • Email us at info@edp.org.uk • If you are reading this digitally and want to respond click here • Leave feedback for us by scanning the QR code (left) Look forward to hearing from you soon For those interested in becoming Peer Mentors or Volunteers – we have paused our recruitment for the summer to give us a chance to review some of our processes but keep an eye out in the autumn for lots of exciting opportunities and events coming up. I can’t wait! 3

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Service User (SU) Involvement and “Working Better Together (Co Production) Meetings”:

EDP services in Together Devon and Reach in Dorset would like to build a service that genuinely responds to the needs and wants of our community members who are on their recovery journeys out of addiction and into new ways of living. This means we need you to be involved in as many different ways as possible! It does not always mean attending meetings it can be in activities such as Flourish Café or Flourish in Nature. It could even be for example such as gardening, group work and other therapeutic interactions IE attending appointments with service users or media interactions. What it does mean HOWEVER is providing honest open and constructive feedback that we can respond too in an understanding timely manner. “Working Together Better” meetings are open to all interested parties to attend and take part be it service users their family members, staff/volunteers, peer mentors and Partnership Agencies. Any feedback or new ideas generated from these meetings will be acted upon and addressed as a matter of high importance. You will be part of making a difference to the Together service. “Working Together Meetings” are divided into Action Meetings and Strategy Meetings • On the 1st Monday of each month from 1:30pm-3pm we host the ‘Action Meeting’, this is a space that looks at local feedback and Strategy Meeting directives in Devon and it agrees ways forward to make changes and develop the Together Service. • Future dates 5th July 2021, 8th August 2021, 6th September 2021 and 4th August 2021. Meetings currently via Zoom using the meeting ID: 986 4128 2510 • • On the 3rd Monday of each month from 11am-12:30pm we host the ‘Strategy Meeting’, this is a space to take a collaborative approach to in-depth decisions within EDP as a whole. Examples include how we involve the voice of lived experience in our recruitment processes, in staff inductions and training and how we communicate with each other more effectively. Future Dates 19th July 2021, 16th August 2021, 20th September 2021 and 18th October 2021. • Meetings are currently via Zoom using the meeting ID: 912 0884 3204 In the last quarter the WBT meetings tackled the notion of does the language we use and our communication methods within our service reflect equality and promote recovery. It was felt the use of medical jargon and vernacular have an impact upon promoting positivity and feelings of worth within our service users. A result of this we are endeavouring to conduct a survey with our service users that will be completed by the end of summer 2021. It is hoped that in the spirit of W BT this will inform our service approach and development in the future. All are welcome and we at Together would love to see you there! Speak to your recovery worker or contact us via chat on Facebook or our website or email togetherallcomdev@ edp.org.uk daveparks@together-devon.org.uk 4

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Covid-19 & Lockdown update June 2021:

Government advice and directions continue to be adhered to by EDP/Together Services. We want to reassure you that we are still doing all we can to keep each other safe and keep our sites clean while also looking at how we can re-introduce some of our wider offers. Together Hubs in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Barnstaple remain open for face to face contact, reviews and needle exchange during usual hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Further Hub activities such as cafes and groups hope to be back to face to face as soon as is practically possible. We have also learnt new ways to connect and engage during the past year and will be continuing with a blended offer including offering telephone appointments, online meetings and online groups. All Hubs have been COVID risk assessed and are PPE compliant. Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks until further notice and will keep a safe distance from others. We are completing regular lateral flow tests. You will be asked, and are encouraged, to wear a mask and we can provide you with one if you do not have your own. We remind you that if you or anyone you have been in close contact with has shown any symptoms of the virus, please do not attend our service, stay at home and follow government guidance around being tested and isolating. If you have any questions or would like further information about how we are keeping safe in the hubs, please contact us on 0800 233 54444. We look forward to seeing people and connecting with you in person again. As a part of the return “to normal”, it is important for everyone to know that staff will continue to wear masks in all communal areas (e.g. building entrances) for the time being and when meeting indoors with service users. 5

Covid-19 & Lockdown update June 2021:

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Flourish in Nature is an opportunity for those who are in stable recovery with lived experience of addiction problems in conjunction with mental health issues to become Activity Leaders. Both North Devon and South Devon are driving the FiN agenda providing activities such as Tai Chi, rambling/walking, cycling and cold water swimming for our service users. See below a recent swim at Putsborough by the FiN Team. Mental health and wellbeing is proven to be enhanced by participating in social activities that includes the countryside and outdoor activities. Engaging in physical and psychological activities can help those in recovery develop confidence, stability and new life skills. FiN has also struck a chord with a popular monthly publication by Drink and Drugs News (DDN) Take a look at this month’s DDN (pages 16 and 17) https:// viewer.joomag.com/ddn-magazine-july-august-2021/0689553001625477722/ p16?short& You can also subscribe to the DDN monthly magazine at 6 www.drinkanddrugsnews.com and @DDNmagazine Flourish in Nature have organised a lovely walk along the South West Coast path on Tuesday July the 20th at 11am, meeting at Barnstaple railway station. Activity Leads Ivi and Sie will be meeting everyone. Please let Lynne know (contact detais below) if you would like to go or if you need more information. Here is a link that shows details of the walk https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/ walksdb/334/# Lots of future activities are planned so if you’d like to join us for an adventure or are interested in becoming an Activity lead please contact us: Please contact Lynne Cirasuolo flourishinnature@together-devon.org.uk or Phoebe Parker phoebeparker@together-devon.org.uk or call/text: 07825659234

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Harm Reduction:

Harm Reduction: August 31st markedand Harm Reduction: Awareness Day and at Together we Needle exchange International Overdose shared lots of information about recognising the signs of overdose from different substances. Getting familiar with the In the North we launch our new signs of overdoses X change Unithow Together Needle and knowing 6 to respondCourt Barnstaple. For those Riverside really can save someone’s life. you who leaflet the created with of Here’s a know we longstanding some crucial information that could EDP Building you will recognise that help youwhere it used to be some is back save a life: If you want a printed version of the leaflet, want years ago. It is refreshed and headed any more information or would like up by “Jimmy” one of our Recovery to get a naloxone has please contact Navigators who kit, a wealth of us on 0800 233Harm or speak to your experience in 5444 Minimisation. recovery worker. Needle Exchange continues from Also a reminder to everyone that Neeother Together Hubs: • Magdelene House in Exeter and Templar House in Newton Abbot along with Pharmacy exchanges all over Devon. • For East, Mid and North Devon, needle exchange can be arranged via pharmacies or directly with Recovery Workers. • We are hoping that from July 1st 2021 all Together Hubs will resume with any changes in provision of hours to be announced. If you visit these sights remember to be PPE compliant and wear a mask however we can provide a mask onsite if needed. A confidential postal service is still available across the whole of Devon and can be accessed by calling 07706 802948. Breaking Free Online: Still available to all Together Service Users Breaking Free online. Ideal for those who are socially isolated or housebound. The programme 24 hours a day 7 days a week on any internet-enabled device, such as a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Alternatively your Recovery Navigator can give or send you out a credit sized card with all the details. Give it a go! To create a Breaking Free Online account, all you need to do is: 1. 2. 3. Visit www.breakingfreeonline.com Click SIGN UP Use the access code: devon11 and then complete the required fields. 7

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Family Activity Boxes:

In our last edition prior to the summer we featured the delivery of activity boxes for families with children funded by Active Devon and Sport England. These contained kites, fishing nets, bats, balls and bubbles along with bird and hedgerow wildlife activity packs. Having been sent out across Devon., we had some fantastic feedback “After a long lockdown this was very welcome and helped with the kids…we still take the bats and balls to the beach now so than you EDP” “We couldn’t find the string for the kite but we had great fun with the other activities such as the hand ball games and the nature trail.” “It has been a bit of a year and the box was full of stuff to get the children outdoors and away from screens” “Yes we loved it and they even played with the box!!!!! Cheers Jon” 8

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The book club:

Some recommendations for reading be it self-help or escapism have a look. The Alcohol Experiment Following the success of This Naked Mind control alcohol Annie gives us the tools to tackle issues with alcohol in The Alcohol Experiment. This is an easy practical read questiong how we think about alcohol and does it really give us what we want. There is lots of sincere encouragement and no frills. I borrowed it from the library as it is a bit pricey although I did buy it for a family member who has now been alcohol free for 5 months. Dave P. The Woman Who Walked Into Doors An all-time classic addressing issues close to those who know recovery. Our heroine Paula takes us on a roller coaster ride of struggles with an abusive marriage and alcohol issues. There is romance mixed in with humour vulnerability and personal strength. Enjoy! Available in library too! Memoirs of a Fruitcake And finally a light hearted book with lessons! Media mogul Chris Evans treats us to an insight into the highs and lows of his life so far. Whilst compelling and entertaining reading there are a lot of lessons for us in the know about “picking yourself up again” and not dwelling on the past. 9

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