Turning Point Family & Friends Service offers support to carers looking after those with drug or alcohol addictions/misuse. 

The person they are looking after does not have to be registered with them.

The service is tri-borough.

They offer carers telephone support, information on treatment services for the cared for and advice on how to work on self-care and boundaries.

Their Families & Friends Support Group runs:

Every Tuesday evening
6pm to 7pm
at 209a Harrow Road, W2 5EH
(1st floor – lift available)

and 

Every Wednesday evening
5pm to 6.30pm
at Earls Court Health & Wellbeing Centre
2b Hogarth Road, Earls Court, SW5 0PT
(across the road from Earls Courts tube)

You can get in touch on: 07920 239 247 or via email: 3Boroughfamiliesteam@turning-point.co.uk

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Adfam is running a programme which is, amongst other things, delivering a new peer-led support groups for people bereaved by drug or alcohol use.

 

The groups are being piloted in London and Birmingham – you can find all the relevant information in this FAQ document here.

In London there will be eight, weekly group sessions on Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm.

April, 12 April, 19 April, 26 April, 3 May, 19 May, 17 May, 24 May

These groups could be a valuable source of support for people struggling with a really complicated and traumatic type of grief.

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Free and friendly support, information and skills sessions for older people affected by a loved one’s drug and/or alcohol use.

Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by someone else’s drug and alcohol use. They are running a project for older people (aged 55+) in London who care for someone using drugs, alcohol or medication.

The project involves:

  • A monthly peer-led support group (every 3 months run by a trained counsellor) where people affected by similar issues offer one another practical and emotional advice, help and support in a friendly and non-judgemental environment
  • Regular information and skills sessions on everything from carers’ rights to mindfulness
  • Regular trips and excursions – a chance for the group to relax, socialise and take some time for themselves.

The group is completely led by group members – they tell Adfam what they want and Adfam makes it happen!
They cover all expenses and lunch is provided.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 24 March from 11am – 2.30pm. Meeting place TBC.

Find out more information on the project here and download an information sheet here

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New Integrated Substance Misuse And Alcohol Services are opening on 1 April 2016 within Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

From the 1 April treatment services will be changing to work across three boroughs to increase treatment options and the ways service users can access support.

The new services will:

  • manage a wide range of substances
  • increase satellite and outreach working
  • increase home treatment
  • engage more service users earlier
  • increase numbers accessing alcohol treatment
  • increase the focus on employability
  • reduce hospital admissions.

Turning Point, in partnership with Blenheim CDP will provide support to residents who identify as misusing drugs, or both drugs and alcohol. The Alcohol Service will be delivered by CRI1 and will provide programmes of tailored support to meet the needs of alcohol misusers. The services will work with the other providers to develop an asset based approach where services are built around people and communities, their needs, aspirations, capacities, skills and will work to build up their independence and resilience. The new services will continue to provide a range of medical and psychosocial interventions currently available. They have remodelled the services not reduced them.

There are a number of services that were not included in the redesign and remain part of the treatment system working with the new provider to develop an integrated system. These services are:

  • Primary Care Support Service
  • Group work Programme
  • Access to rehab and detox
  • Club Drug Clinic
  • Peer led initiatives

Commissioners and service providers do not want to lose the best practice and joint working that has been developed between many of our services. Both providers will be in touch throughout the implementation to inform you of the new model and help shape the new services, and thus ensure pathways between services are enhanced and not lost. If you have any questions regarding how this might affect your services please contact the following leads.

Turning Point/BCDP – Mark Dronfield Three.Boroughs@turning-point.co.uk. Tel: 02074373523
CRI – Tessa McLean thealcoholservice.info@cri.org.uk, Tel: 0800 0147 440

If you have any questions for commissioners please contact nicola.lockwood@lbhf.gov.uk

Are you an older person (55+) in London who…

  • feels supporting your partner is made harder by their drinking, medication or drug use?
  • supports an adult child who has problems with alcohol or drugs?
  • looks after your grandchildren because their own parents cannot due to their drug or alcohol use?

…then Adfam want to hear from you!

Adfam is the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.

They are running an exciting new project with people aged 55+ who support someone with drug and alcohol problems.

Working together with this group of older people, they are developing befriending schemes where older people with similar experiences can help and support each other.

Be part of the project! All expenses covered.

Please contact Rachael Evans for more information on:
r.evans@adfam.org.uk / 020 7553 7640.

There is more information on the project here

Adfam is the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.

Their peer-led support group for older people living in London who are affected by someone else’s drug, medication or alcohol use is now open to anyone aged 55+.

The dates of the next meetings are as follows:

  • Friday, 31 July – 11am until 2.30pm
    Age UK London Office (Elephant and Castle) 21 Saint George’s Road, London SE1 6ES
    The meeting will consist of a support session and information session on carer’s rights and other relevant information.
  • Thursday, 27 August – 11am until 2.30pm
    Meeting place TBC
    This meeting will consist of an outdoor activity and support session.

Visit their project page here for more information, download a flyer here and additional further information here

Older People, Drugs and Alcohol Project

Are you an older person (65+) in London who… 

  • feels supporting your partner is made harder by their drinking, medication or drug use?
  • supports an adult child who has problems with alcohol or drugs?
  • looks after your grandchildren because their own parents cannot due to their drug or alcohol use?

…Then Adfam want to hear from you!

 Adfam is the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.

They are running an exciting new project with people aged 65 or over who support someone due to substance use.

The next meetings will be held on Thursday 25 June and Friday 31 July at AGE UK London Office (Elephant and Castle) 11.00 – 2.30pm.

 Lunch will be provided and travel expenses reimbursed.

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