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The Alcohol Service

For residents of: Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster

The New

Venue for Coffee Mornings,

Table Tennis & Pool

10 am to 12 pm every Wednesday&Thursday

At Lytton Community Hall

North End Crescent, West Kensington W14 8TE

Free Coffee, Tea and Snacks,Plus Good Company!

Situated on North End Crescent, off North End Road. 5 minutes’ walk from West Kensington Tube station

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For more information call: 0800 014 7440

Support links

Where to start

If you are worried about how much you are drinking, or about your drug use, or if you think that you have experienced an injury or illness as a result of alcohol or drug use, then the best place to first seek help may be your GP. Your GP can discuss your concerns with you, assess the nature of your problems, and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. Your GP may offer to treat you, or may refer you on to another service, including the local Primary Care Support Service.

The NHS website provides lots of information on seeking help and advice over alcohol or drug use:-

Support in your area

If you are not comfortable talking to your GP about your use of alcohol or drugs then many local support services will accept direct self-referrals. The organisations below provide advice and support for people who may have a problem with alcohol or drug use.

Support in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster

Residents of the three boroughs who are experiencing problems with alcohol or substance misuse can seek support at a number of treatment and recovery centres around the boroughs:-

The Recovery and Wellbeing Network run by Turning Point and Blenheim offer advice and support for substance misuse issues for anyone aged 18+.  Contact them by

Phone: 0330 303 8080
Email: recoveryandwellbeing@turning-point.co.uk

The Alcohol service run by CGL offers advice and support for those with issues around alcohol misuse for anyone aged 18+ within the three boroughs.  GPs, family members, carers and friends, or any other agency, such as social services, can refer someone into the service.

Contact them by:

Phone: 0800 014 7440
Email: thealcoholservice.info@cgl.org.uk

CGL have websites for each borough, please click the links below:

The Club Drug Clinic is run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL). This clinic works with residents of the three boroughs and is based at 69 Warwick Road, SW5. Their highly specialist team includes specialist addiction doctors and psychologists, nurses, counsellors and peer mentors with ‘lived experience’. The Club Drug Clinic is an innovative service for adult clubbers and LGBT people who have developed problems with a range of `club drugs’.  Contact them by:

Phone: 020 3315 6111

The Tri-borough Primary Care Support Service is run by Blenheim in 23 GP surgeries across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, City of Westminster, and Hammersmith and Fulham. They offer a free, friendly and confidential service to people aged 18 or above who have alcohol or drug problems as well as providing advice and information to families, friends and carers.  Contact them by:

Phone: 020 8740 6815
Email: tri-borough@blenheimcdp.org.uk

Feeding back on local services

If you have used any of the above services then your local council would welcome your feedback, good and bad, on your experiences; go to our Complaints and feedback to your council page for more details.

The Drug and Alcohol services in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster are commissioned by the Tri-Borough Substance Misuse and Offender Health Commissioning Team. If you are not happy with a response from the Complaints and Feedback team and want to take the matter further then the Commissioning Team can be contacted on 020 7641 4666 or by email at substancemisuse@westminster.gov.uk

Domestic violence and alcohol

Many people with a problem with alcohol or drug misuse will be violent or abusive to a partner or to others close to them. If you are a victim of domestic violence then please go to our pages on Domestic abuse for more information.

The Advance Advocacy Project support women who are experiencing a variety of different issues, including problems with alcohol and substance misuse.

Peer led services

There are organisations that work with residents who are in recovery or working towards recovery alongside the specialist treatment services. These are led and run by peers and are often run in evenings and at weekends.

  • BOB (Build on Belief) does not offer therapeutic services, but instead provides a range of socially based services intended to support people through their treatment journey while they work to move forward with their lives. More information can be found here. BOB have services in both Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea and is open to residents of all three boroughs.
  • The FIRM (Fun In Recovery Management) is a self-help group based in Hammersmith & Fulham and is open to residents of all three boroughs, run by ex-users for other ex-users providing a range of social activities. For more information contact The FIRM on 020 7384 3656 or e-mail: our_firm@yahoo.co.uk

  • Outside Edge theatre group is for people who are in early recovery from substance use who have very little or no experience of drama but are interested in taking part. This is open to residents of all three boroughs. There is more information on their website including their current productions or you can phone them on 020 7371 8020.

Other information and advice

General

The Invisible Elephant is a peer-led website for anyone living in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, or Hammersmith and Fulham, who is affected by problems with alcohol or substance misuse. It provides a wealth of information and advice, with details of local support groups and services.

The Advance Advocacy Project support women who are experiencing a variety of of different issues, including problems with alcohol and substance misuse.

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair – phone 08457 90 90 90.

Families Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems.

Adfam is an organisation providing support to families affected by drug or alcohol use.

SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour, including an addiction to alcohol.

Support with alcohol use

The NHS Change for Life website provides information on how drinking less can help to improve your health, and tips on how to reduce the amount you drink.

Many people will have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organisation which allows people who have problems with alcohol use to support each other to stop drinking and to stay sober. If you call their helpline (phone 0845 769 7555) today they will put you in touch with your local support group.

Drinkaware is a national independent charity whose website has a wealth of useful information and tips on reducing alcohol consumption and drinking sensibly.

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline (phone 0300 123 1110), in complete confidence, 24 hours a day.

Alcohol Concern is a small independent charity which is committed to reducing harm from alcohol-related problems.

Alcohol problems are more common in the LGBT+ community. London Friend provide support for substance and alcohol misuse specifically tailored to lesbian, gay bisexual and trans* people.

The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about the effects of alcohol.

Al-Anon provides support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.

Support with drug use

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit society of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

The FRANK website provides confidential advice on all aspects of drug use for young people and their carers, and includes a live chat service.

New three borough substance misuse service

New three borough substance misuse service

For those of you who did not see our first bulletin, hopefully you have heard that Turning Point and Blenheim have been commissioned to provide the new substance misuse service in the City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith & Fulham.

This new service is named the Recovery & Wellbeing network and will transform the way that drug and alcohol services are provided locally from the 1st April; alongside the new specialist alcohol service provided by CRI.

As well as ensuring we continuing providing safe services for the Borough’s existing service users; we will focus on opening up the treatment system to new client groups and respond to new drug and alcohol trends.

To find out more, in brief, please see below or to hear more detail and have a chance to meet us face to face – come along to one of our Open Mornings, where the implementation teams from Turning Point, Blenheim and CRI will also be available to discuss your queries

Conference Announcement

UK SMART Recovery is excited to announce its inaugural conference

‘Getting SMART-er: an analysis of the contribution of the SMART Recovery programme to the development of mutual aid and choice in recovery from addictive behaviours’

Venue:             Britannia Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke on Trent, ST4 4EG

Date:                 Wednesday 14th September 2016

Time:                Registration from 9.00 a.m. for a 9.45 a.m. start, closing at 4.30 p.m.

Limited places available – book now to avoid disappointment and to take advantage of the early bird offer (which includes an optional free tour of Stoke City Football ground)

Meet inspiring speakers and hear first-hand from people who have used the SMART Recovery programme, including Shiv Sharma our Peer Board member. You will also hear from the National Coordinators on progress of UK SMART Recovery across England, Scotland and Wales.

Speakersinclude:

  1. Professor Robin Davidson: ‘What is recovery really’?

Is recovery an adjective as in one’s recovery journey, a verb as in what a person is doing or a noun as in Recovery, a new anti-academic, renaissance movement?

  1. Professor MarcantonioSpada:‘You cannot crave less by desiring more’

Drawing on research and clinical evidence he will showcase the novel concept of desire thinking and its potential relevance in the treatment of addictive behaviours.

  1. Dr Tom Horvath, President of SMART Recovery:What is self-empowerment’?

SMART describes itself as a “self-empowering approach.” Given that many forces are stronger than any individual, what are the limits of self-empowerment? How do we achieve it? How far can it go? How do we keep SMART Recovery meetings self-empowering?

  1. Dr Joe Gerstein, founding President SMART Recovery: ‘Do you know your HOV from your CBA’?

An in-depth look at two SMART tools with our most experienced SMART meeting facilitator.

UK SMART Recovery is grateful to our speakers who generously give their time and travel at their own expense.

There will be opportunities to purchase manuals and books, t-shirts, hats and our new SMART Recovery lapel pins. Facilitators can pick up free supplies of leaflets and posters and everyone will have the chance to be involved in creating an original piece of art work.

 

Cost of tickets

The conference fee includes refreshments, lunch and delegate pack. Significant discounts are available for our Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery. In order to support as many people as possible to attend bursaries will be availableto help towards the cost of tickets and travel.

Early Bird offer
There is a 20% discount and free optional tour of Stoke City Football ground for those who book before 1 July 2016

 

Bookings made before 1 July 2016

Normal rate £90

Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery £10

Champions and other staff from our partner organisations £70

Bookings made on or after 1 July 2016

Normal rate £108

Peer Meeting Facilitators and those in recovery £12

Champions and other staff from our partner organisations £84

 

Bookings
Places will only be secured once a booking form available here and payment has been received.As places are limited we would urge you to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Accommodation
For those needing to stay overnight there is a special conference rate at a nearby hotel for bookings through UK SMART Recovery and a post conference dinner for anyone who would like more time to connect with others.

Travel

Stoke on Trent is situated mid-way between Manchester and Birmingham, with a frequent train service from London Euston or Manchester Piccadilly. It is 10 mins by car from Junction 15 of the M6. For those using the M1 take the A50 at junction 24 and follow all the way to Britannia Stadium.

See www.stokecityfc.com/club/britanniastadium/directions.aspx for further details

Places of interest

Stoke on Trent was the heart of the pottery industry for many years and visitors can enjoy the Gladstone Pottery Museum, World of Wedgewood and opportunities to purchase china from local outlet stores.

A little further afield is Alton Towers resort and theme park for those who like their leisure to be exciting, and the Peak District National Park which is an area of outstanding natural beauty with quaint villages and winding country lanes for those who prefer a slower pace.

Contact us for further information

Any queries regarding bookings, accommodation or travel should be addaressed to:-

ThérèseDavall, Office Manager, UK SMART Recovery, Dresden House, The Strand, Stoke on Trent, ST3 2QH, theresed@smartrecovery.org.uk, tel: 01463 729548

Stop Smoking info from Kick It!

Date: 14/03/2016
Time: 12:30pm to 3pm

Cost: Free

  •  No Smoking Day on Wednesday 9th March.

Support and information on giving up smoking from the national Kick It! campaign.

Sessions:

  • Mondays : 12:30pm – 2pm (for those whose first language is Spanish, Chinese or Italian)
  • Wednesdays:  1pm – 3pm

Location

Church Street Library 
67 Church Street, London, 
NW8 8EU

Organiser

Kate Gielgud 
T: 020 7641 6200

Website: www.kick-it.org.uk/

Update on new three borough substance misuse service

For those of you who did not see our first bulletin, hopefully you have heard that Turning Point and Blenheim have been commissioned to provide the new substance misuse service in the City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham.

This new service is named the Recovery & Wellbeing Network and will transform the way that drug and alcohol services are provided locally from the 1st April; alongside the new specialist alcohol service provided by CRI.

As well as ensuring we continue to provide safe services for the Boroughs’ existing service users; we will focus on opening up the treatment system to new client groups and respond to new drug and alcohol trends.

To find out more, in brief, please see below or to hear more detail and have a chance to meet us face to face – come along to one of our Open Mornings, where the implementation teams from Turning Point, Blenheim and CRI will be available to discuss your queries.

Come and hear about what we will be doing

We are keen to keep an open dialogue at all times, to ensure seamless pathways between services and to work with residents, services and businesses to deliver this new and innovative service to local people and communities.

We will be holding the following Open Mornings at 10am – 12.30pm (with a presentation at 10.30am):
• Wednesday 16th March at Acorn Hall, 1 East Row, London W10 5AR
• Thursday 17th March at 61 Munster Road, London SW6 5RE
• Monday 21st March at 2 Old Queens Street, London SW1H 9HP

Location of Services

We will operate from Hubs and multiple satellites across the three boroughs including:
• 32a Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QR
• 209a Harrow Road, London W2 5EH
• Acorn Hall, 1 East Row, London W10 5AR
• The Old Coach House, 103a Devonport Rd, London W12 8PB
• The New Coach House, 370-376 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LL
• 61 Munster Road, London SW6 5RE
The new service will be replacing the existing providers OASIS, CDAS, CASS, North Hub, CAPS, NWDAS and SWDAS.

Specialist support

Specialist services provided will include:
• Opiate substitution prescribing
• Blood borne virus support
• Community detoxification
• Access to in-patient detoxification and residential rehab
• Integrated support for people in the criminal justice system
• Needle exchange
• Aftercare, including access to Education, Training and Employment opportunities
• Family and carers support
• Criminal justice pathways
• Peer mentoring
• SMART Recovery
• Fellowships
• Community heath, fitness, social and wellbeing opportunities

CONTACT US

Please feel free to contact us to find out more and discuss how we can work best together.

Phone: 020 7481 7601
Email: three.boroughs@turning-point.co.uk

About Blenheim

Blenheim is a charity that for over 50 years has provided support services for drug and alcohol users, families and carers across London. Each of our services provides free, friendly, and non-judgmental support, which are also unique and tailored to the individuals and their communities. As a charity, we are committed to innovating and campaigning for best practice and positive change in the alcohol and substance misuse field.

About Turning Point

Turning Point is a leading health and social care organisation. We have over 50 years’ experience of providing services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health issues, learning disability, unemployment, primary care needs and offending behaviour. We are a social enterprise, reinvesting our surplus to provide support for those who need it the most.

BoB’s Place

It is with great sadness that we are sorry to inform you that BoB’s Place will be closing on the 10th March permanently. This is due to the retendering of services across the tri-borough.

If you wish to access other B.O.B services please check our website for details. www.buildonbelief.org.uk

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for supporting our service and wish everyone the best.