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Innovative drug and alcohol support services launch in Coventry

Published Wednesday, 06 June 2018

On Monday 4 June, national health and social care charity Change Grow Live (CGL) together with Coventry City Council officially launched their new drug and alcohol support service for adults.

CGL Launch

The launch event

The event was attended by Councillor Kamran Caan (Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council,), Liz Gaulton (Coventry’s Director of Public Health and Wellbeing) and partners from across the city. Presentations were given by service users who have already benefited from CGL support in Coventry.

The story so far

Since being commissioned by the Council’s Public Health department, CGL have secured and refurbished a new hub to deliver free and confidential support for adults and set up and trained new staff teams to deliver evidence-based interventions. The staff teams are delivering an open access service to ensure that anyone in Coventry is able to get the support they need. As part of this model, staff teams are working to engage with individuals who have had no previous contact with substance misuse services and are not confident asking for help.

At the launch event, service users shared their first-hand experience of receiving support from CGL teams in a range of community settings. The range of services now available in Coventry demonstrates an ambitious vision for drug and alcohol support in the area which includes:

-          Confidential information and advice

-          Targeted help for families and carers affected by someone using drugs or alcohol

-          Tailored recovery planning, focused on individual service users’ needs

-          Rehabilitation interventions, working with individuals in contact with the criminal justice system, to reduce offending by addressing complex needs including drug and alcohol dependency

-          Inpatient and community-based detox programmes

-          Use of new technologies to help engagement between CGL staff and service users

Jane Saville, Manager at CGL in Coventry said: ‘We are really excited to have launched our new drug and alcohol substance misuse service in Coventry.  We aim to support people in moving them into sustained recovery and this is very much reflected by the range of services on offer and our investment in the skills of our staff teams. Our Coventry staff teams include doctors, recovery coordinators, nurses, recovery mentors and volunteers and we are committed to providing holistic support that empowers people to move away from problematic behaviours”.

Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport at Coventry City Council, said: “I’m really pleased that we have a new drug and alcohol service that will help people to change, grow and live in Coventry. We have a very ambitious vision and together with CGL, think this service will hugely benefit those that need it.

Anyone who wants support can get free and confidential help by calling 02476 010241 or visiting www.changegrowlive.org.

The service will help to reach adults experiencing difficulties in a range of community settings across Coventry and provide them with a range of life-changing treatment choices.

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