Official launch for South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service

The South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service, which is led by Humankind in partnership with Spectrum, has been formally launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony in South Shields. Humankind Area Manager, Amy Cummings, said: “We were joined by numerous local partners and stakeholders who came to share, coffee, cake and ideas on how we can further develop […]

Time to talk? New wellbeing group in North Yorkshire

Our North Yorkshire Horizons service has launched a Men’s Support Group in Scarborough. The peer support group aims to provide a safe and confidential place to talk, raise self-confidence and share ideas and coping strategies. Recovery Coordinator John Lawless set up the group to improve openness around mental health for men. He says: “Having had […]

Four years of North Yorkshire Horizons

North Yorkshire Horizons clients, volunteers and staff have been celebrating the service’s fourth anniversary with a series of events. North Yorkshire’s free, confidential services have engaged with over 3000 service users since 2014 and have been shortlisted multiple times for national healthcare awards – including winning at the Nursing Times Awards in 2016. The Horizons […]

Alcohol Awareness Week: time to change your drinking?

19th-25th November is national Alcohol Awareness Week This year’s campaign focuses on alcohol and change, helping more people to seek support if they’re struggling with problem drinking and make small, manageable lifestyle changes to boost their long-term health. Across services, Spectrum is sharing key messages around: Recognising problem drinking Increasing access to support services Taking […]

Spectrum launches risk campaign for HIV Testing Week

HIV Testing Week 2018 started on Saturday 17th November, and Spectrum is teaming up with other healthcare services to offer local testing sessions and increase awareness around risky behaviours associated with HIV.   In 2017, 43% of people received a late diagnosis of HIV and an estimated 1 in 8 people with HIV are unaware […]

Drinking among young people is in ‘sharp decline’

The University of Sheffield has published a new report exploring the ‘sharp decline’ in rates of youth drinking. Based on previously available public data, “Youth Drinking in Decline” brings together information from two recent surveys to present a picture of the downturn in alcohol use among young people. The report found a “significant decline” in […]

Spectrum wins at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards

Spectrum was proud to win the “Best Wellbeing and Staff Engagement initiative” Award at the Nursing Times Workforce Awards on 4th October. This award for our Workforce Wellness Programme is a fantastic endorsement of the commitment Spectrum has to Staff Health & Wellbeing, which is one of our business priorities. The Workforce Wellness Programme offers in-depth […]

Are you going Sober for October?

This month, Spectrum is supporting “Sober for October” – the national campaign to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by encouraging casual drinkers to cut back on alcohol. Giving up alcohol can have many health benefits and can contribute to better quality sleep, brighter skin and increased energy – as well as helping you to save […]

Spectrum launches Consent campaign for Sexual Health Week

During Sexual Health Week, a national campaign led by the Family Planning Association (FPA), Spectrum Community Health is raising awareness of the important topic of ‘consent’. The campaign runs from Monday 24th September until Sunday 30th September. ‘Consent Crossroads’ is a local campaign by Spectrum to support people to seek consent correctly and understanding the meaning of […]

Wakefield charity GASPED receives a lifeline from Spectrum

Spectrum Community Health CIC has extended a lifeline to GASPED, a highly regarded Wakefield-based charity which supports the families of people affected by drug and/or alcohol misuse. GASPED had been facing closure following a significant reduction in the funding it receives. Under the new partnership arrangement, GASPED will see funding secured for a further 18 months from […]