Lifeline is a registered Charity with forty years experience of managing drug and alcohol services. Lifeline currently provides a diverse range of services including recovery and peer mentoring, harm minimization, day programmes, prescribing and shared care, community detoxification services, criminal justice and prison initiatives, family work and services for young people. Their services are spread across Yorkshire, the North East, the North West, London and the Midlands, working within diverse towns, cities and villages.
Currently delivering around 75 services or contracts, they support a workforce of 692 staff, over 250 volunteers, and increasing numbers of peer mentors. They works closely with communities and localities, and produce educative and digital material designed to encourage access to help. They also work towards educating professionals in allied sectors and the general public on substance misuse.
Street Doctors teach high-risk young people to deliver life saving first aid skills. They teach these young people the essential knowledge about dealing with stab and gun wounds, the basic biology behind them, and how to stay calm before help arrives.
In their workshops, that last between one and two hours, the Street Doctors aim to educate the high-risk youth with essential knowedge but also hope to change their attitudes towards violent crime and carrying weapons in the first place.
The charity was started in 2008 by two young medical students, however it has continued to grow and receive more support and is now available in most major English cities.
The Alternatives to Violence Project run workshops for people that want to deal with violence, conflict, strong emotions and build better relationships.
The workshops are available to anyone, and during them participants will explore the conflicts and relationships within their lives. The workshops aim to help people understand and believe in themselves, communicate with others better, learn new skills to use in difficult situations and understand why conflict happens.
Alternatives to Violence have also run in prisons across Britian (including HMPs Kilmarnock, Shepton Mallet and Woodhill). By working with prisoners to handle their conflicts, the risk of violent outcomes can fall. The workshops are an informal, highly effective approach combining experiential learning with practical skills training and are readily accessible to people of all backgrounds, including those with a low level of literacy or mental health problems.
Rethink is the biggest voluntary sector provider of mental health services England.
With over 200 mental health services and 150 groups across England, Rethink provide a wide range of support and advice for those living with mental illness.
This includes help with:
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Living with mental illness
- Support and advice for family and friends
- Gaining access to employment and training
- Mental illness and the criminal justice sector
There are many ways you can get involved by joining their campaigns or volunteering your time.
Phoenix Prison Trust work all over the UK and The Republic of Ireland in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels.
They offer individual support to prisoners and prison staff through teaching, correspondence, books and newsletters. A key aspect of their work is training and supporting qualified yoga teachers in order to best meet the needs of their clients. People of any faith or no faith can benefit as they honour all religions. They believe benefits for inmates include:
- Feeling less angry and aggressive
- Sleeping better
- Are less prone to taking drugs
- Are more ready to take up other educational activities
- Develop self discipline and concentration, often for the first time
- Find something in themselves they can like, they feel less isolated and encouraged to socialise, which prepares them well for resettlement
Since the 1970s Aquarius has worked to help individuals and communities in the Birmingham area with problems arising from addictive behaviours such as gambling and drug and alcohol addictions.
Some of the key areas of work with a free and confidential advice service, include:
- Individual alcohol and drug counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Addictions awareness training for non-specialist staff
- Drink-drive rehabilitation courses
Leading UK mental health charity, Together, help those who are dealing with mental suffering and distress to direct themselves in their journey towards improved mental health. The services offered by Together strongly believe in the role of personalisation, and aim to provide the tools, knowledge and support that people need to better help themselves towards a life that is independent, positive and rewarding. The crucial work undertaken at Together is underpinned by a vision aimed at breaking down the barriers that cause ignorance in society so that everyone can live lives free of prejudice; the charity pride themselves on their approach which is centred around working directly with service users, as the services are constantly being shaped by the people who actually use them. Formed in 1879, Together currently offer a range of services to almost 4,000 adults every month within 80 projects throughout England, which include community support centres, home-based community support, criminal justice mental health services, housing support and advocacy work. In offering holistic support and unique guidance tailored to the individual, Together allows individuals to lead their own recovery at their own pace and deal with each issue one step at a time.
Visit Together’s website http://www.together-uk.org/ to find out more about the organisation and their services.
Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH) are a charity specialising in working alongside female sex workers and drug users to encourage sexual health, personal safety and wellbeing. Located in the Greater Manchester area, the dedicated team at MASH comprises of people who originate from a variety of different backgrounds who offer choice, support and empowerment to promote individual positive life changes. Established in 1991, MASH offer a wealth of different services, such as offering information and advice to reduce health risks, raising public awareness, offering women safe alternatives and opportunities to exit sex work, and the promotion of partnerships which bring together legislation, law enforcement and public health interest.
The outreach services led by staff and volunteers at MASH also offer a variety of pratical support such as contraception, health screenings, pregnancy testing, needle exchange, personal alarms, safety advice and drug referrals.
You can find out more about the services and support offered by MASH by visiting their website: www.mash.org.uk
The Mendos Project provides short term 'community linking' support to individuals leaving prison, forensic psychiatric institutions or those identified at court as in need of mental health support. The project provides practical and emotional support, and referrals to existing resources as well as offering assistance with budgeting, healthy living, occupational and employment opportunities. It also provides liaison and advocacy work on behalf of its users.
Birth Companions is a unique organisation set up in 1996 to provide much needed help and support to pregnant women and new mothers giving birth while in detention as well as those who have experienced, or are at risk of, being detained. This includes working with women in HMP Holloway and in the community. Birth Companions provides trained and experienced birth supporters to women who are vulnerable, isolated and may have no other support. Our overall aim is to improve the experience of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood for vulnerable women so that they are better able to care for their baby after birth.
The winning organisation in the 2011 Una Padel Award was Birth Companions.
Birth Companions are now inviting tenders from individual researchers or a team of researchers to work in partnership with us to carry out research into the longer-term impact of our work, with vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers.
For more information please visit the news page of our website: http://www.birthcompanions.org.uk/news