Christmas Edition of All Together Now

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in this edition: In this edition... • • • • • Welcome Recovery Adventure Challenge You said, We did Partnerships Our Voice • • • • • • • What’s On Harm Reduction Book Club Working Better Together Handy Facts Campaigns And Finally Bumper Christmas Edition 2021 Did you know...? 1

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Seasonal Message from Joni Hello all We are really exciting to announce that we will be holding some co-design sessions in order to review our assessment process, we need your help with this and want to ensure that the process is designed by you. Sessions are currently being booked, we would like for as many of you as possible to be involved, nothing is off the table so please come along and feed in or speak with your worker about your experience. We are still experiencing a large volume of non-attendance, in August we lost around 645 hours to non-attendance at appointments, we would love to know more about this, what drives you to attend and what might lead to you not attending and how can we support you with this? Please feedback to us via your Recovery Worker or just pop in or call us and let us know. As we come to the end of the year and with holidays and a new year approaching it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. We will be open on: • Friday 24th December 9-5 • Wednesday 29th December 9-5 • Thursday 30th December 9-5 • Friday 31st December 9-5 • Tuesday 4th January 9-5 - back to business as normal This means that some weekends are extended where the service is not available. To support this period here are some things that can be done leading up to this period and other support networks available over this period. You can access our website here for advice: Devon Christmas Support - EDP Drug & Alcohol Services or if you don’t have access to the internet you can see below: • Please speak to your Recovery Worker to review your care and safety plan so that we can ensure we are supporting you with any worries that you may have • Naloxone and clean works is readily available both injectable and nasal, please take as much as you need and keep safe 2

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• Links to online and face to face support meetings in Devon are listed in below Festive Opening article. Please be advised that if you’re going away for the holidays and you would like a holiday prescriptions, the end date to request these is 10th December Finally, I am always so proud of what has been achieved across the service and how these newsletters are so informative. Please feel free to feed into them or give feedback on what you would like to see. Thanks all Community Service Manager, Together Devon 3

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The Recovery Adventure

Challenge? In this edition: 13-17 SEPTEMBER 2021 RECOVERY ADVENTURE CHALLENGE for #RecoveryMonth 4

The Recovery Adventure

Recovery Adventure Challenge Fundraiser 13th to 17th September 2021

It was five days, five different events and five diverse venues across Devon. Together staff (including volunteers and peer mentors), Partnership agencies, service users and family members all played a massive part in raising just over £4k for the recovery fund. A fund that is dedicated to facilitate recovery in the spirit of co-production. It is a collaboration between Together, Reach EDP Dorset, Partnership agencies and service users providing that add-on help to aid service user recovery. This can be projects such as personal physical and psychological wellbeing interventions yoga Pilates gardening woodland walking education and training. From swimming in the Atlantic North Devon, canoeing down the river Exe in Exeter to Tai Chi on Dartmoor participation was wholehearted , selfless and community building. Participants travelled the length and breadth of Devon to contribute to the success of this challenge. Here are some responses made by service users during the activities: “It is great to be part of a group of people especially the workers and volunteers that have such an interest in recovery” Jack “Together has such a focus on recovery not just on treatment events like this mean we can start making a new life and then we are less likely to go back to old one’ Chris “Thank you Together for involving us (volunteers and service users), this feels different to how things have been done in the past, we have a voice at last” Kelly. “We need more events like this we all feel so included and I for one feel like I have really given something back” “Getting people to participate in fundraising with lived experience who can meet managers and people who pay for the service gives us a voice and raising mone y at the same time” Big Man “I travelled from Barnstaple to Exeter to do the river canoe. I really feel that it is worth investing in. I am at the end of my treatment and something like this gives me an extra little boost, giving something back and helping raise money for others in EDP. ” Rich M “I love a social events like this we should have more things like this in Together and for a good cause too” “I will never forget being able partake in Tai Chi in such an inspiring place as this (a valley with a stream on Dartmoor) being told of the birds and sounds we can hear has just nailed it for me , I never thought I would do anything like this and raise cash as well “ John. Exeter, Barnstaple and Newton Abbot hubs hosted bring and buy sales, wacky shirt wearing events and climbing Everest (up and down the stairs of Magdelene House ). We also had Adam and Bryony from North Devon braving a parachute jump to help raise funds. We also had Adam and Bryony Recovery Workers from North Devon braving a parachute jump to help raise funds. So here is a big round of applause from the Community Development Team. 5

Recovery Adventure Challenge Fundraiser 13th to 17th September 2021

You can still donate by Text:

Sponsor Us: Text the word ‘RecoveryFund’ followed by the number you want to donate, to 70085 e.g. - RecoveryFund10 for £10 - RecoveryFund 20 for £20 You will be charged the donation plus one standard rate message OR The Recovery Adventure Challenge Justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/recoveryadventurechallenge Spread the word by forwarding this invite to co-workers, friends and family. Raise the profile by following, liking and sharing through social media - @EDPDrugandAlcoholServices 6

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YOU SAID, WE DID:

JULY/AUG 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……………….. You said: We did Why do we have to shout out our personal details on an intercom at Barnstaple Hub? Discuss in Barnstaple MDT alternatives to this. Initial plan is to keep information requests on intercom at door to a minimum. Other alternatives are being explored such as an open door policy, video links, prearranged calls, utilising the meet and greet room. We set up a rota of volunteers to staff the main entrance in Magdalene House. We furnished a meet and greet room in Barnstaple which is now awaiting to be staffed by volunteers. Are we able to have a music group set up for the clients? Discuss in MDT and WBT Action Meeting and three members of staff and two service users with musical experience agreed to set up music sessions in Exeter and Barnstaple. Online may way initially be a way forward Covid restrictions. Barnstaple offices in need of re decorating and that it created feelings of being undervalued. We did raise with Health and Safety Manager Tony who is going to make enquires with EDP Estates department. You would like to see more client art posted on walls of Together Hubs. Asked Recovery Workers to enquire if any service users had art they would like to donate. that as service users you would like to have a discussions/ comments board; Signpost to WBT Action meetings and put out Facebook Twitter contacts in newsletter. 7

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Creative works by Devon’s Recovery Community

Paintings by Lynn a keen artist working with water colours. Lynn is going to donate some of her art work to Together to brighten up the offices. Thank you so much for sharing and giving much appreciated. 8

Creative works by Devon’s Recovery Community

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