Partnership launch for York Drug and Alcohol Service

York Drug and Alcohol Service held a launch event on Wednesday 26th July to mark the start of how local agencies can shape services that further helps people struggling with substance misuse. Commissioned by City of York Council, the service is now being delivered under a new partnership between Changing Lives and Spectrum Community Health […]

Government launches new Drugs Strategy and Clinical Guidelines

The government has today launched it’s new Drug Strategy, to reduce illicit drug use and increase the rate of individuals recovering from drug dependence. Each year in the UK, drugs cost society £10.7 billion in policing, healthcare and crime, with drug-fuelled theft alone costing £6 billion a year. Research shows that for every £1 spent […]

Spectrum join Changing Lives as new providers for York Drug & Alcohol service

Spectrum Community Health will join national charity Changing Lives as the new providers of drug and alcohol services in York from 1 June. Spectrum and Changing Lives are already working in partnership on substance misuse services in North Yorkshire and will now take over drug and alcohol services in York, commissioned by the City of […]

Alcohol Liaison Service welcomes Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper MP paid a visit to Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service on Friday 24 March to learn more about our work supporting hospital patients in Wakefield. Spectrum’s Alcohol Liaison Service (ALS), based in Pinderfields Hospital, provides tailored support for patients who arrive in Pinderfields with alcohol-related illness and injury. Established in 2013, the service has […]

Castleford scheme tackles under-age drinking

Community partners in Castleford are tackling underage drinking through a new scheme which ‘scores’ off-licences against a set of harm prevention standards. Led by Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) and Spectrum Community Health CIC, retailers are being encouraged to promote the legal drinking age and raise awareness of harms caused to families and communities by underage […]

Drink responsibly on Mad Friday

Spectrum Community Health is urging the public to stay safe and drink responsibly ahead of “Mad Friday” on 23 December, one the busiest party nights of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” is a key part of the festive party season – but can be marred by heavy drinking. In early […]

Government launches new campaign to tackle drink-driving

The Government has launched a new December campaign aimed at reducing instances of drink-driving in Britain. The Think! Campaign will post a new advert on Twitter or Facebook every day throughout December, based around the concept of “Fear of Missing Out”. The adverts aim to make it clear to young men that they have plenty […]

Public Health England publishes alcohol evidence review

Public Health England (PHE) has today (2 December) published a comprehensive review of the evidence on alcohol harm and its impact in England. It examines alcohol’s health, social and economic impact, and the effectiveness of actions in reducing its harms. The review is also being published in The Lancet today. Alcohol is now more affordable […]

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It’s Alcohol Awareness Week!

Spectrum Community Health CIC will join Wakefield Council and Age UK Wakefield to take part in Alcohol Awareness Week, a national campaign led by advice charity Alcohol Concern. The campaign will run from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November and will focus on health risks and conditions linked to harmful drinking, including alcohol-related diabetes, […]

Spectrum wins contract for Alcohol Liaison Service

We are pleased to announce that Spectrum has retained its contract to provide the Alcohol Liaison Service at Pinderfields General Hospital. This small, dedicated service has been nationally recognised for its work to support patients in Wakefield, and continues to provide a valuable and key support for the hospital as we go forward. We will […]