Insider News Edition 5

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Christmas edition 2021 Integrated Substance Misuse Service -isms- Devon & Dorset www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 1

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• • • • • Drama at HMP Channings Wood! • Feedback • News The Year in Focus - Portland Drama at HMP Guys Marsh Criminal Justice Update Working for EDP Welcome As we move ever closer to Christmas it is with great delight that EDP publishes its fifth edition of Insider News. Feedback about the publication has so far been very positive and we are always open to contributions from partner agencies and from allied professionals. This month saw the much-anticipated publication of From Harm to Hope. A 10 Year Drug Strategy, in which was pledged significant investment in drug treatment over the next three years. It’s priorities include: • increasing referrals into treatment in the criminal justice system – specialist drug workers to support treatment requirements as part of community sentences so offenders engage in drug treatment • keeping prisoners engaged in treatment after release – improved engagement of people before they leave prison and better continuity of care into the community • delivering world-class treatment and recovery services – rebuild local authority commissioned substance misuse services, improving quality, capacity and outcomes • rebuilding the professional workforce – develop and deliver a comprehensive substance misuse workforce strategy • ensuring better integration of services – making sure that people’s physical and mental health needs are addressed to reduce harm and support recovery, and ongoing delivery of Project ADDER to join up treatment, recovery and enforcement • improving access to accommodation alongside treatment – access to quality treatment for everyone sleeping rough, and better support for accessing and maintaining secure and safe housing • improving employment opportunities – employment support rolled-out across England and more peer support linked to Jobcentre Plus services In this edition you’ll be meeting some of the members of our criminal justice team in Devon who, with their counterparts in Dorset, will be working with their usual passion and commitment, to make an impact on these national priorities, locally. We look forward to working with our partners in an integrated way on creating an outstanding recovery experience for all the people on their journey. Best Wishes, Penny Blackmore CEO, EDP Drug & Alcohol Services www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 2

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Drama Workshops

at HMP Channings Wood, Devon time went really fast and everyone agreed it helped our mental health and gave us something positive to do as we have to spend so much time locked away in our cells with nothing much to do. We all were asking if they would return. Sam and Ferri (the facilitators) took the sessions and were very polite and courteous to us all, we would like to thank them all for all their hard work and SMS for allowing it especially Dan who even took part and the chapel for letting us use the space. It’s inspired me to continue this in the community when I get out. Thank you.” “I always felt good after I left this place” Theatre Royal drama sessions in Channings Wood The SMS team at Channings Wood arranged for Theatre Royal drama based workshops in Autumn 2021. 6-10 clients attended each session, most having had never done drama before. It was a pleasure to watch these sessions evolve and participants grow in confidence. At the end of the final session, we reflected on the time spent together in these sessions: • “I always felt good after I left this place” • “Prison depresses you, this place didn’t. It’s good for your mental health” • “I get social anxiety, get really anxious around new people. But I felt really comfortable coming here” • “Sam and Ferri made us feel really comfortable and welcome. They had a real good positive energy” • “Every week has changed up. It’s been very inclusive, because if one exercise isn’t for one person, then the next one will be” • “For an hour and a half you’re not in prison. It’s an escape” • “Gets your brain active, it’s good” • “Hour and a half flew by” Charlie attended each session and wrote this reflection on the sessions: “My name is Charlie and I have mental health disabilities and have struggled with drugs in life. During my time at Channings Wood I’ve engaged with the Substance Misuse Service. I was asked if I would like to take part in some sessions in the chapel with Plymouth’s Theatre Royal group who put on workshops in prisoners and theatre in the community. I attended a 1.5 hour sessions every Tuesday alongside other prisoners. We did role play, games and activities which were fun, inclusive and built confidence. The Theatre Royal people were brilliant and made everyone feel included and were very approachable, considerate and didn’t judge us. Everybody including myself was able to take part and had fun and laughs each week. We all would say we looked forward to the next session and the www.edp.org.uk All in all, this was a fantastic experience for the guys and we hope to welcome theatre royal back in the near future! “I want to do this on release and be around people whose lives don’t just revolve around drugs and money.” | info@edp.org.uk 3

Drama Workshops

Feedback

You kn ow I w as sa would ying I c on, we ome back t o ll to try I’m really go prisin not t o do t g now a nd kee hat p a all dru gs and way from troub out o le. Th f is is a cause ll beof you you he , and how lp the da ed me. You saved y by h elping my who me, as le life was in ble bu t you have s troume by ave giv chanc ing me anot d e her Dartmo to do well HMP or “I can’t fault the prof essionalis m and help and support that I have r eceived f rom my Substan ce Misus e keyworkers over my time, and my great est than ks goes out to all that have worked a nd helped me to build the person t hat I am now. Thank yo u.” Servic e User, the V erne The ISMS service has helped me through my prison sentence and helped me to be in a position to be released and start my recovery from alcohol e peopl nuine “Ge ake a who m nce.”  re diffe ck a Feedb ervice s from to prior ser u se. relea h ys Mars HMP Gu “Simon helped me by giving me a new breath of life, he supported me really well  with 1:1, advice and recovery work. Without Simon I don’t know where I would be at. I would recommend him to others, it has been a pleasure.” HMP Portland www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 4

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News

Expertise in the team As part of September’s Recovery month, Richard Homer, ISMS Recovery Lead at HMP The Verne, spoke at an international webinar for Star – Steps To Active Recovery, a charity which helps churches and organisations to deliver appropriate support to those affected by addiction. Richard spoke about his work for EDP in South West prisons and in particular his experience of individuals experiencing fear and stigma, how to assist people in breaking free from fear and stigma and why it’s important to do so for an individuals’ recovery. Dartmoor - Joint Working in Action Christmas card making with the Mental Health team Sara and the assistant practitioner from mental health came together this week for Christmas card making. The materials were provided by DPT, and we added ‘shared clients’ onto the group session. The aim of it was for the clients to make cards to send to their loved ones. We jointly received some great feedback for this, more specifically one of the clients said it was nice to have the opportunity to do something different and to be around each other and not talk about substance misuse, and to ‘feel normal’. Joint working with the learning institute Sara attended a seminar on adverse childhood experiences earlier this year, and as a result of that she made contact with them to see if they could provide some awareness for our team on that, or had any literature or research they could share to inform the way in which we interact with our clients here. The team are based in Plymouth and work with local schools, police, and partner agencies to inform practice. Sara has arranged for them to come in to Dartmoor to visit on the 6th December to speak to the team about ACEs, and the research that they have done thus far. www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 5

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The year in focus

at HMP Portland onto the team, each bringing their own positive attitudes and experiences. We have taken great strides in working alongside the prison’s drug strategy team and are working towards a project that will be very exciting for 2022! We have run a number of events including Overdose and BBV awareness, World AIDS day and were part of the Hepatitis C Trust ‘Walk 500 miles Challenge’ which saw HMP Portland win against our USA counterparts! HMP Portland ISMS Team 2021 What a year it has been for our team here on Portland! Just like the rest of the world, 2021 started off on shaky grounds, with a lot of uncertainty and the need to adapt the way we work. As most people know, the approach to COVID is different in custodial settings, meaning that even when it looked like things were returning to ‘normal’ in the community, the prison remained a step behind. This lead to frustration from our service users and the general prison population, but overall the men in our care understood the need for the additional restrictions and slower progression, and adapted to this new way of life. I think our team has coped incredibly, and have always supported each other with both work and personal worries. I am so grateful to work with such an incredible, resilient and compassionate team. Here’s to 2022! Laura Pauffley ISMS Deputy Recovery Lead In 2021; we had hopes of running a number of groups throughout the year, which unfortunately did not come to fruition, a number of our team experienced COVID and were unwell and sadly we said goodbye to members of the team who moved on to develop their careers. It’s not all doom and gloom here at Portland though, far from it! We have welcomed some incredible new faces www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 6

The year in focus

equipped with.

• Prior I was pretty isolated. It opened my eyes to other prisoner’s talents and possibilities. And made me feel less fearful of them. One bit of great news stats wise is that we hit 100% Opiate users receiving Naloxone training prior to release in November - 11 of which 8 took home naloxone - at Channings, Dartmoor had one who had his training prior to release (so 100% for them too) and Exeter had 21 of 22 trained prior to release due to one out right refusing to engage with the training so 99% for them - so really great result all around. There’s drama at Guys Marsh! Unlock Drama’s first project at HMP Guy’s Marsh focused on psychoactive substances misuse and the surrounding issues and consequences of substance misuse. Throughout the week the men worked really well together and supported each other in the staging of a short play exploring the topic. The seven men who completed the project created a constructive working environment and were enthusiastic throughout. Throughout the week the group worked well together, engaged in reflective discussions relating to the course topic and pushed themselves to step outside of their comfort zone. They overcame nerves to perform to an audience made up of their peers and staff. The play explored the impact and consequences psychoactive substance misuse could have on prisoners, officers, staff and family members. Participant Feedback included: • Stopped me smoking so much. • It made me more confident to not ever go near Spice. • This is the only thing I’ve done that has prepared me for release. • It helps with confidence; it’s really helped me build it up. Doing it, even if you think you can’t. • I’m probably more outgoing – I’m more confident to do other courses which is a good thing to be www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 7

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Criminal Justice

Update Lauren helped him attend his probation appointment and helped him get a phone so that he can stay in touch with probation. Lauren then helped him make a start with his Universal Credit claim. Lauren also helped JD find a pharmacy that would dispense his methadone to him, which was not easy because he did not have a pharmacy pre-agreement in place. Next, Lauren supported him with finding and checking-in to his temporary accommodation. EDP have a number of new criminal justice roles that have been operational for a few months and we are excited to give you news of who they are, what they do and most importantly how they are benefiting service users. Meet the Team (in their own words...) Community Transition Workers – Lauren and Emma JD was extremely grateful for the support. He found the day tiring, confusing, and overwhelming even with support. He said on many occasions that he would not have coped and would have probably ended up going back to prison or on the streets. JD said that he would not have been able to find probation so would have missed his appointment and could have been breached. JD also said that he would not have found his accommodation and may have ended up vulnerable and homeless. JD stated he would not have had access to a phone to do his universal credit application and receive his advance payment. JD also stated that he would not have been able to source a pharmacy to collect his methadone so may have ended up sourcing illicit substances. At the end of the day, JD was pleased with everything that he had achieved and arranged, and felt much more relaxed about being in the community. He planned to have one beer that night to relax and celebrate being out of prison and had no desire or intentions to use substances. He said that having someone with him throughout the day made him a lot less anxious as he was not worrying about everything that he needed to do. We work closely with teams within the prisons and community to ensure a smooth transition for service users being released from prison. On the day of release, we collect our service users and work with them for twelve weeks, ensuring a robust entry into the community and generic treatment for their substance misuse issues. Lauren Carroll – Exeter and South Devon Here’s an example of the way that Lauren has been working to support people transitioning out of prison. Lauren has been able to provide better support for JD who was transitioning out of prison. JD is a male who has mobility issues and is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. After 2 years in prison and no clear release plan, JD was very anxious about his release. Lauren visited JD whilst he was in prison to explain the support that she could provide. Immediately, he said it made him feel better knowing that someone could pick him up from prison and help him with everything he needed to do on the day of release. He said that it would put his mind at ease and he definitely wanted the support. On the day of his release, Lauren met JD at the prison gate and drove him to his release area. www.edp.org.uk | info@edp.org.uk 8

Criminal Justice

the support that he is receiving.

He speaks of your intervention very highly to her and she is amazed that he has spoken of previous traumas as he has always kept this inside and spoke to nobody previously. His mother believes this is a great breakthrough in his recovery – this comes from the trust and care he receives from you and is a great contribution to his current success in maintaining abstinence. Thank You.” Emma Holman – Exeter, East and Mid Emma received an email from a probation worker that highlights how two more service users have benefitted: “Hi Emma The role and support you have provided to JMA and JK has been extremely valuable: Your linking up with the referral I made to Reconnect services for JMA has resulted in him accessing health services and for the first time ever, a much needed referral has been made to CMHT- he has never before met previous appointments for referrals to Mental Health, he is very difficult to pin down usually - this has been a great success. Court Support Workers – Jason and Faye We provide support to our service users as they come through the criminal justice system. We are based in court and carry out assessments, arrange appointments, write reports, and liaise with other criminal justice services (e.g. National Probation Service (NPS), Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), Courts, Police and Prisons) to ensure effective communication and information sharing. We encourage our service users to participate in a range of recovery, psychosocial and support activities appropriate to their phase of recovery, and promote the involvement of, and provide support to, families and carers where appropriate, ultimately contributing to the safety of communities from substance misuse related crime. I am so pleased with the progress made with JK - a male with many support needs and so much trauma in his background - he has been so grateful for the support you have provided and the connection he has made with you, he trusts you and appreciates your support. As you are aware, he has further charges pending and has now been motivated to maintain abstinence in the community despite many pressures. In particular, his overwhelming emotions, which he is unfamiliar with, and the traumas that are surfacing and their triggers. The support you have provided by listening to his fears/ needs and responding to them. From making and accompanying him to his appointments, to securing his medication and helping him transfer his GP, has been immeasurable. His mother has expressed her gratitude and relief that JK is speaking so highly of www.edp.org.uk Jason Watkins – Torbay and Devon Jason received a couple emails from the probation services based in Devon and Torbay Courts that highlight the impact his work is having: “Jason has been working at Newton Abbot Court for a few months now and has quickly settled into the role. He is very proactive at the start of the day in speaking with probation and court colleagues and is very helpful in providing up to date information on known cases. His services | info@edp.org.uk 9

the support that he is receiving.



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