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We know that for every £1 invested in alcohol recovery, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs. Last year we had:
- 6,387 meaningful interventions about substance misuse through our Resilient Communities programme were delivered in the past year
- 1000 new people were referred to our Counselling service, where we deliver 200 hours of counselling every week.
- Our group work programme has thrived, with a responsive and imaginative variety of activities and groups for service users to participate in.
Every penny raised helps support individuals and families affected by alcohol misuse. Thank you!
We are delighted to announce that GCA - Glasgow Council on Alcohol has won the Carer(s) of the Year Award at this years Inspiring City Awards. We are so grateful that the work we do has been recognised and look forward to the next 50 years of empowering lives. We are so proud of all our staff, volunteers and service users and our continuing support from our Funders, Partners and the people of Glasgow.
GCA Chair, Mr David Budge said:
It is particularly pleasing that our important work has been recognised in this way, I hope you will agree it's a vote of confidence in the creative, innovative and committed way we go about delivering our services.
Read the full article: http://goo.gl/YYQzby
Building Positive Pathways
The Building Positive Pathway Service aims to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences and supports survivors to develop healthy coping skills in a safe and supportive environment. Our services promotes individual choices and offers a range of self directed support including group work and one to one support to support survivors to achieve their personal outcomes.
Following our initial pilot programme we are excited to be launching our new ‘BPP Taster Timetable ’ which will start on Monday 12th September with a drop in taster day on Wednesday 7th September.
Our new personal options calendar includes:
- Health and Well-being Café: Every Monday from 11-2pm which will including cooking skills, healthy lifestyle workshops and walking group
- Outreach Service: We will be working in partnership with other organisations to deliver our outreach group work programme
- Twilight Tuesday: Every Tuesday from 6-8pm come along for a cuppa, chat and interactive resilience activities.
- Wellbeing Wednesdays: Every Wednesday from 10am-2pm which will include a range of workshops and drop in activities including healthy coping skills, relaxation and positive wellbeing
- Survive and Thrive (Mens Groups) - We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow Addiction Services to pilot the ‘Survive and Thrive’ Programme in Glasgow. This programme will start with a drop in session on Thursday 22nd September followed by a 10 week programme every Thursday (2-4pm)
- Feel Good Friday: In partnership with GCAs Group Work Service we will be offering workshops focusing on positive health and wellbeing as part of Feel Good Friday at GCA
- One to One Support: We will continue to offer one to one support (and outreach support) throughout our timetable to suit clients needs and personal outcomes.
Taster Day (7th September 10-2pm)
Our Building Positive Pathways Tasters Day will include a range of different taster workshops, an opportunity to meet our team and to develop the Building Positive Pathways Programme. The feedback from the taster day will be shape the programme for the Health and Well-being Café, Twilight Tuesdays and Wellbeing Wednesdays.
We are open to agency and self referrals and are continually keen to develop our partnerships with other organisations. To find out more about the service or to make a referral please contact our team on 0141 353 1800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Building Positive Pathways Team
The Feel Good Friday group offers a range of activities for our service users. These sessions offer peer support, health and nutrition advice, relaxation and range of computer skills. Some of the members attend an acu-detox clinic which runs 3 times per week. This clinic uses Auricular Acupuncture to help balance mental and physical wellbeing. We offer Qi gong and other types of meditation within this group to help relaxation.
Our recent Community work has involved in a women’s group called ‘the wee woman’s group’ in Govan. The group set up a small choir and they have been singing at local events and featured on local radio. The group were involved in a community litter pick recently – they then made sculptures using the rubbish collected with the local community artist. The sculptures they made were a 3D versions of art work contained in our service user written book ‘Singular Voices’ – a powerful book containing stories, poems and art work depicting 5 people’s journeys through recovery.
We recently delivered a pilot programme to the ‘Tomorrow’s women’ service which incorporated a mixture of therapeutic workshops, prevention and education and alcohol and justice work. We are looking into setting up new community groups across the city using volunteers.
GCA Resilient Communities are a key partner supporting the roll out of a number of new campaigns that aim to reduce the number of underage drinkers in Glasgow. These are taking place within Govan, Parkhead and Dumbarton Road Corridor and will run from 6 months from March, June & July respectively
The campaign is a partnership between Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, Glasgow Life, Police Scotland, Licensing Standards, Glasgow Council on Alcohol, Community Safety Glasgow and Clearer Choices Glasgow (part of AddAction).
Specifically targeting people who buy alcohol for young people, the Community Alcohol Campaign involves local agencies, off-licences and the community in a joint effort to tackle underage drinking across the city.
The campaign aims to:
- support local off-sales businesses to comply with the law and feel confident to refuse
- reduce the accessibility of alcohol to under 18s through the promotion of responsible sales
- target ‘agents’ who purchase alcohol on behalf of under 18s
- decrease alcohol related anti-social behaviour
- increase awareness and use of local activities for young people and
- improve community perception of alcohol-related issues.
The campaign follows on from previous similar campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Then it was shown that by preventing access to alcohol, the number of people reported for anti-social behaviour drops. For instance, when the campaign came to Greater Govan in 2009, the community saw anti-social incidences drop from 94 at the beginning of the campaign to 36 at the end.
And the number of people (adults and young people) reported by the Police for drinking in public in the Greater Govan area also dropped from 74 in 2008-2009 to 42 in 2009-2010, a drop of 62%.
GCA Resilient Communities team are taking our whole service to the campaign areas in a concentrated way to further raise awareness of the campaign with the wider community, a recommendation that came from the review undertaken by Judith Harkins in 2014. We will strive to provide:
- Groupwork around alcohol, drugs, resilience or self-esteem for adults, older people and women within the campaign area
- Alcohol Brief Interventions within the campaign area’s
- Training for community based staff and volunteers
We will also strive to include the Ripple ACE volunteers with the community alcohol campaign initiative, utilising their skills and experience within the community.
For more information about community alcohol campaigns please contact the team on 0141 556 6631 or email GCA.Communities@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Address inequalities in service provision and enable wider access to services
- Improve alcohol and drug education
- Work alongside partners in the provision of services and education
- Influence the social climate to reduce harmful alcohol consumption
- Health is vital to individuals, family relationships, communities and society
- Everyone has the right to live in safety
- Everyone has the right to be accepted and treated equally
- Everyone should have access to education, information and high quality confidential services
- Services should be client centred, respectful and non-judgemental; their staff and volunteers do not exploit, oppress or cause physical or emotional harm to others