Raising awareness on Multiple Disadvantage Day

On 3rd July, Spectrum’s WY-FI Navigators will join 11 other organisations to mark the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day – a day to recognise the challenges which face people with complex needs and raise awareness of support. ‘Multiple Disadvantage’ is the term used when a person experiences a combination of homelessness, addiction, re-offending or mental […]

County Durham service offers new Naloxone training for custody officers

Members of the Durham Drug and Alcohol Service have been involved in delivering pioneering Naloxone training to custody officers from the Durham Constabulary. Naloxone is a powerful opioid reversal drug which can reverse the effects of an overdose within seconds – and can even save lives. Although it is typically administered by paramedics and other […]

“Beyond Symptom” conference explores the treatment of addiction

Spectrum’s Chief Executive, Linda Harris, will join colleagues from York Drug & Alcohol Service on 7th June at the UKCP’s conference “Beyond Symptom” – an exploration of addiction, dependency and connection. As part of a full-day event exploring addiction and dependency, Linda will speak on the topic of recovery-orientated care – ensuring that service users […]

Outstanding: Care Quality Commission praises North Yorkshire Horizons

Clinical care in North Yorkshire Horizons, the specialist drug and alcohol service for the county, has been rated “Outstanding”, with outcomes that were above the national average, in a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In November 2018, a two-day inspection by the CQC found that clinical support provided by the substance misuse […]

Top tips for staying safe over Christmas

Spectrum is urging partygoers to stay safe ahead of “Mad Friday”, the busiest party night of the year. Traditionally the last Friday before Christmas, “Mad Friday” marks the beginning of the festive party season but can often be marred by heavy drinking. It can be tempting to indulge when you’re out with friends and family […]

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 […]

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 […]