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 service is built on a people-centred approach to drug and alcohol support, visiting vulnerable service users in their homes and offering support across a wide rural area.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, said, “We’re very proud of North Yorkshire Horizons’ achievements over the past four years. Ensuring that there is an effective service that supports people to address addiction and work towards recovery is a priority for us.”

Mark Vidgen, Assistant Director of the service, said: “We are proud of what we have achieved in the four years since we began our contract. The strong partnership of organisations that make up Horizons is continually striving to provide the best possible service for the people of North Yorkshire.”

Staff at Scarborough threw a traditional birthday party and invited clients along to mark the anniversary. Colleague Niki Ruff, said: “Everyone had a great time. We had balloons, party hats and birthday banners around the hub. There was a games room open all day – service users were able to play different traditional board games, card games and party games with NYH staff. Events were also held in Selby, Northallerton and Scarborough.