Tag: substance misuse

Good Help Award finalists

The Good Help Award was launched in February 2018 as part of the release of the Nesta and Osca publication Good and bad help: how purpose and confidence transforms lives. This publication explores the difference between ‘good help’ – that supports people to feel hopeful, identify their own goals and confidently take action – and ‘bad help’ – that undermines people’s confidence, and creates dependency and inaction. Although ‘good help’ is well evidenced and core to how many organisations support people […]

Communities Together Project

The Communities Together: Fishguard and Goodwick project was funded by the Big Lottery and run by Alcohol Concern Cymru from January 2014 – March 2017. The aim was to promote a healthy relationship with alcohol for individuals and for the community as a whole. Fishguard and Goodwick were selected because they represent a typical Welsh community, not because they have any particular alcohol-related problems. Participation Cymru were appointed external evaluators at the outset and the […]

Reducing alcohol harm

Communities Together is a community development project in north Pembrokeshire. It’s a project about facing up to alcohol issues in our communities – but one that didn’t begin with questions about alcohol at all. Here in Wales, much like our neighbours across the British Isles, we don’t always have the healthiest relationship with alcohol. Doctors and public health workers have been telling us for decades to cut back. It’s a simple message, but in our […]

Peer Mentoring Art Groups

Spotlight on a co-production story. Peer Mentoring Wales (PMW) aims to support current and ex drug and alcohol users to achieve economic independence. Most of DrugAid’s peer mentors, both paid and voluntary, are ex drug and alcohol users. The experience and understanding they bring is invaluable – no-one knows better than they do just how hard it can be to overcome substance misuse, and how easy it can be to slip back in to dependence. One of […]