Category Archives: Substance misuse

‘They made me feel worthwhile’: community-based alternatives to care

TweetThe fate of children in care in Scotland has recently his the headlines; care leavers need more support, say experts, if their life chances are to improve. And today Michael Gove has criticised the care home system in England. But … Continue reading

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The project that helps you “be” something

TweetWhen I first met Linda, she told me: “When I was growing up I couldn’t imagine being anything”. I met Linda when I was delivering a training course aimed at former substance misusers who wanted to become “recovery champions” and … Continue reading

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The cuts: the worst is yet to come

TweetAn authoritative analysis in today’s Society Guardian of the deepest spending cuts in a generation, which start from Friday. The special issue inludes some sector by sector breakdowns of savings and job losses, including pieces I contributed to the in-depth … Continue reading

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The cuts – an alternative

TweetFor those who’ve not already seen it, this powerful film presents an alternative to the government’s devastating cuts agenda. It features community groups and anti-cuts campaigners along with Bill Nighy, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Zac Goldsmith MP. Worth watching ahead … Continue reading

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How addicts can shape their own recovery

TweetA 24-hour radio station for recovering addicts is among the new schemes in a Royal Society of Arts-led (RSA) project to put service users at the heart of their treatment and support, read my Society Guardian piece here.

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Guardian Public Service awards; reaching the unreachable and support for prisoners’ families

TweetMy pieces this morning on two of the winners of the Guardian’s Public Service Awards held last night; Elmore Community Services and its fantastic work to reach the ‘unreachable’ with complex needs and the amazing support provided by Prisoners Abroad’s … Continue reading

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How to save society £21 for every £1 spent

The school term has barely begun, but some things are for certain; new shoes are already scuffed, fresh friendships are being formed and, on average, up to eight children in every classroom are living in poverty. Continue reading

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