New substance misuse services for Westminster were formally launched on 12 July.
The services will provide support for more people with drug and alcohol addictions across the city than ever before.
The key aspect of the new service is a shift in focus towards helping create support networks around service users to aid their recovery. This could be anything from providing counselling to increasing access to education, training and employment.
It is hoped that the changes will help 3,000 people over three years, including those who have not previously sought help, a 50% increase on previous levels.
People currently receiving treatment through our substances misuse services will continue to receive it. All services that were previously delivered will continue.
The new providers, Turning Point in partnership with Blenheim CDP (Community Drug Project) and CGL (Change Grow Live), will deliver services across Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.
It will be delivered in partnership with other specialist services offered through the council including the CNWL Club Drug Clinic, peer led support services and GP Shared Care.
Picture by David X Green: Cllr Rachael Robathan in discussion with Turning Point Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale.
At the launch event at the Abbey Centre today Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “Our continued investment in substance misuse services at a time when many people are cutting non-statutory services highlights our commitment to supporting the most vulnerable people in our community. Focusing on recovery and the support networks that will help people through the process will ensure the best possible outcomes for those in need of our services.”
Pictures by David X Green: Cllr Rachael Robathan in discussion with Turning Point Chief Executive, Lord Victor Adebowale.