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Kensington Palace visit

On 30th October twelve people using our The Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS) Friends and Family service enjoyed a guided tour around Kensington Palace and its gardens. The guided tour was led by Nigel Eggleston, DAWS ETE Manager, who is a volunteer guide at the Palace and also organised access to a private room […]

Celebrating Black History Month

For Black History Month Arch held an event on 26 October to honour black lives and culture over the last 100 years and beyond. Service users, staff and the local community gathered to take part in African body art, share food from around the world, listen to poetry and spoken word performances. Miriam Jassey, Blenheim […]

Pier Road Project Launch

The new drug and alcohol treatment service in Bexley, the Pier Road Project, was officially opened by the Mayor of Bexley on 18 October 2017. The service has been busy since it opened in July this year, already working with over 320 people. Wellbeing and recovery is at the core of the service, supporting service […]

Alcohol-related deaths will go uncounted in new scheme

An article published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology yesterday (26 October) reports that a new scheme by the Office for National Statistics (ONS),  using a narrower definition of alcohol-specific (rather than alcohol-related) death, means that nearly a quarter of deaths related to alcohol misuse in 2015 will no longer be counted as such. Professor […]

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Have you got a story to share?

Last week (18 October 2017) Blenheim and Eastside Community Heritage launched their new project, Journey to Recovery. The event, held at R3, was attended by over 50 local people. 10 people have signed up already and the team are looking for a total of 20 volunteers to record their stories and learn new skills.  The […]

“Like sugar for adults” UK children anxious about parents’ drinking

Report finds low-level parental drinking can leave children feeling worried, embarrassed and facing more arguments.  A new report published yesterday (18 October) by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) in partnership with the Alcohol and Families Alliance and Alcohol Focus Scotland explores the impact of non-dependent parental drinking on children and families. Findings show parents do […]

Celebrating three years of recovery in Lambeth

The local community gathered at The Harbour on 3 October to celebrate the services three year anniversary, providing support to people in recovery from drug or alcohol use in Lambeth. Wellbeing and recovery are at the core of the service and staff were on hand to tell visitors about the range of recovery tools and […]

Our Impact

Blenheim has published its 2016/17 impact report but, this year, it’s a little bit different… Last year, Blenheim helped over 10,000 people, and we’re keen to celebrate the wonderful work our staff and volunteers have done across London. We helped almost half of our service users to stop drinking alcohol, almost one-third to enjoy a […]

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Charter for Change

The Drugs, Alcohol & Justice Cross-Party Parliamentary Group seeks to focus attention on addiction issues and advocate evidence-based policies, enabling treatment services to save and transform more lives. It has recently published a 10 point Charter for Change, calling on the Government to act; Identify and appoint a single Government Minister to be responsible for […]

Haringey celebrates recovery month

Hundreds of people gathered at an event in Haringey last week to celebrate the road to recovery for those overcoming a drug or alcohol problem. Over 200 people attended Recovery Pride in Haringey and heard inspiring recovery stories from current and former service users. There were also live performances, food, information stalls and awards presented. […]

Still no harm reduction? A critical review of the UK Government’s new Drug Strategy

On Friday 14th July, the Government published its new Drug Strategy: ‘2017 Drug Strategy’. The previous drug strategy, published in 2010, was heavily criticised for its almost exclusive focus on abstinence, and total de-prioritisation of harm reduction initiatives. This briefing, endorsed by eight of the UK’s leading harm reduction and drug treatment organisations, looks at […]

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Pubs call for action on cheap supermarket alcohol

British publicans see cheap supermarket alcohol as the single greatest threat to their industry, and support government action to raise prices, according to a new Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) report. Pubs Quizzed: What Publicans Think About Policy, Public Health and the Changing Trade collects the results of a national survey of pub managers, finding […]

On International Overdose Awareness Day, we call on the Government to act

The English Harm Reduction Group are today calling for the Government to respond to the continued rise in drug related deaths. On International Overdose Awareness Day, we write to express our shock at the continued rise in opioid-related deaths. Heroin and morphine related deaths rose by 109 per cent in England and Wales between 2012 […]

Are alcohol labels giving consumers the information they need?

A report, Right to Know: are alcohol labels giving consumers the information they need?, published today (23 August 2017) by the Alcohol Health Alliance has reviewed whether labels are communicating the current drinking guidelines. Out of 315 labels reviewed, they found only one which contained the chief medical officers’ low-risk weekly guideline of 14 units. We […]

Arch Garden Party

On 3 August, Arch (Addictions Recovery Community Hillingdon) held a Garden Party, opening its doors to the local community, partners and service users. The event was opened by the Mayor of Hillingdon, who congratulated all the staff on their hard work and dedication to Hillingdon residents. Arch is an integrated treatment system for all drug […]

English Harm Reduction Group Response to the 2017 Drugs Strategy

The English Harm Reduction Group, which Blenheim is a member of, have published the following response to the 2017 Drugs Strategy. The Government has now published the 2017 Drug Strategy. We express great concern at the lack of focus on harm reduction – an evidence-based response that protects people and ultimately saves lives – at […]

Hatch End High School students win money for Blenheim

On the 19th July students from Hatch End High School in Harrow took part in the First Give final to win £250 for Blenheim’s service, Arch. The students gave a five minute presentation about the charity and the impact Blenheim make for the individuals and local communities in Hillingdon. They were marked by the judging […]

A history of the journey to recovery

Today, Monday 24th July, Blenheim and Eastside have received support from National Lottery players to record the life histories of people currently engaged in addiction recovery support at Blenheim’s R3 ETE (Education, Training & Employment) service in Redbridge. The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will help participants examine changing societal attitudes towards […]

Independent Inquiry Announced for Contaminated Blood Scandal

The Hepatitis C Coalition released the following statement regarding the recently announced independent inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal: The Hepatitis C Coalition welcomes the Government’s announcement of a full independent inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, and praises the work of Diana Johnson MP and Andy Burnham MP, for their determined efforts to bring it about […]

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Launch of Reset

Reset, the Tower Hamlets integrated drug and alcohol service had its formal launch on Monday 3 July. The service has seen 500 new starts into treatment in the first six months since it opened for business on 31 October 2016. Reset offers treatment, advice and information to drug and alcohol users and to people who […]

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Mindful Drinking Guide: The Results

Last year, Blenheim collaborated with Club Soda on a new project to encourage more mindful drinking. The goal of the project is to help people cut back on their drinking by giving them opportunities to choose healthier options where they would normally drink alcohol. This is accomplished by changing the behaviour of licensed venues, encouraging […]

T2 Screening

Last weekend (24th June), a one off screening of the movie T2 Trainspotting was held at the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise with donations from the event benefitting Blenheim and its young people’s service, Insight KC. The screening was arranged by Gordon Kennedy, an actor featured in the film. Instead of purchasing tickets, Gordon requested […]

Wales to introduce minimum price for alcohol

Pending Supreme Court judgement, First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has included introducing a minimum price for alcohol in his Government’s legislative priorities. According to the Welsh Government, there is a direct link between the consumption of harmful amounts of alcohol and the availability of cheap alcohol. The formula for calculating the new minimum price […]

Carers Weeks 2017

Last week was Carers Week, and Blenheim took part in a series of events to mark the occasion. A team from our Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS) attended three events across Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster, celebrating the work carers do for vulnerable people. At the events, our team was able to refer a […]

Free alcohol training in Islington

Blenheim is working with Islington Council to provide free alcohol information and brief advice (IBA) training for anyone across the borough. This new training will provide attendees with the tools they need to support local people to reduce their alcohol use. The training provides simple techniques which can be delivered by anyone with the training, […]

Hep C Coalition response to Cochrane Review

The Hepatitis C Coalition have issued a response to the review by the Cochrane Collaboration which casts doubt upon the effectiveness of new hepatitis c treatments. The response addresses the considerable shortcomings and scientific errors, calling on the Collaboration to immediately publish clarifications of their findings.  The response says: “We urge the Cochrane Collaboration immediately to […]

Fentanyl alert in West London

Public Health England have issued a formal alert about an increase in the possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with synthetic opioid – fentanyl in West London. This is stronger than heroin and therefore there is a higher risk of overdose and death. If you or someone you know is using heroin, you should be aware […]

“I volunteer because I care”

To celebrate Volunteers Week we wanted to say thank you to our volunteers for their hard work and commitment throughout the year. What better way to do this than with a BBQ! Volunteers, their supervisors and staff joined us on our sunny patio and shared with us some of their reason why they volunteer. In […]

New Integrated Service in Bexley

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded the contract to provide a new integrated drug and alcohol system for adults in Bexley. South London and Maudsley will be the lead provider in a partnership with Blenheim and St Giles Trust. The new contract builds on the high quality, effective existing services currently […]

Pavement2Catwalk presents SOZO

Pavement2Catwalk has collaborated with Blenheim to produce a controversial new play exploring homelessness, addiction, disability, mental health and gender. SOZO was written and produced by Donald Waugh, who founded Pavement2Catwalk and hopes to inspire disadvantaged communities through theatre. The play takes place in a typical high street in inner city London, where the fabric of the […]

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CQC praises work of Insight Platform

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a report showing the results of a positive inspection at Insight Platform, the young people’s service in Haringey. The service was praised for many areas of good practice including; clearly defined recovery goals, effective safeguarding, skilled and knowledgeable staff providing a high quality service. Insight Platform is part […]

Fentanyl and Carfentanyl alert

Public Health England have issued a formal alert about an increase in the possibility of overdose arising from heroin cut with synthetic opioids – fentanyl or carfentanyl. Both of these drugs are stronger than heroin and therefore there is a higher risk of overdose and death. If you or someone you know is using heroin, you should be […]

Mindful drinking: Blenheim’s innovative approach to drinking less

Blenheim has recently been collaborating with Club Soda on a pioneering new project to encourage more mindful drinking. With more and more people looking to cut back on their drinking, the collaboration showed an innovative approach for an alcohol misuse charity, looking at changing the behaviour of licensed venues rather than the customer, encouraging them to […]

Where are the new drug and alcohol strategies?

Last week (30th March) Liz McInnes MP, a member of the Drug, Alcohol and Justice Cross-party Parliamentary Group raised the issue of the Government’s promised drug and alcohol strategies in Parliament quoting our CEO, John Jolly; “As Chief Executive of a drugs and alcohol charity I see the harm that alcohol does on a daily […]

Learn2Earn celebrates its first year at Kensington Palace

On 24th March Learn2Earn held an event at Kensington Palace celebrating the successes over the last year and encouraged others to sign up to the free employability and skills programme. 25 local charities and support networks attended the event to understand the benefits and meet the team. Previous participants spoke about their experiences and what they […]

Submissions open for fourth Recovery Street Film Festival

The Recovery Street Film Festival, which encourages people to submit three-minute films conveying their experience of drug and alcohol addiction, has officially launched for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s competition theme ‘Making up for lost time’ is encouraging people to give an honest and personal account in an innovative way. This could be thinking […]

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Blenheim wins contract in Enfield

Blenheim, in partnership with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) have won a bid, commissioned by Enfield Council, for a new integrated drug and alcohol service in Enfield. The new service will provide an extensive therapeutic programme to support people with alcohol and substance misuse issues including those with alcohol issues with […]

Blenheim service user wins learning award for digital skills

A Blenheim service user has received a national award for learning new digital skills and using them to turn her life around. Margaret won the Learning for Life award in the 2 Millionth Learner Awards, run by tech-for-good charity Good Things Foundation. After struggling with alcohol problems, Margaret was referred to the Reintegration and Aftercare […]

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FDAP to close at the end of January

The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) has announced that they will be closing at the end of January 2017 and a statement from its Board said that the ‘difficult decision’ had been made that it was ‘impossible to continue’. From the 1st February members interests will be looked after by Substance Misuse Management in […]

Challenge to Londoners to do a Mindful Pub Crawl

Club Soda and Blenheim launch pub guide for mindful drinkers Club Soda and Blenheim have teamed up to launch the first ever pub guide for mindful drinkers4 and to accompany the launch, they are challenging Londoners to do a Mindful Pub Crawl in January. A Mindful Pub Crawl is a pub crawl with a difference. […]

Reducing opioid-related deaths

Today (12th December) the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has published a report on the increase of drug-related deaths in the UK. The report recognises that there have been substantial increases in drug-related deaths in the UK in recent years, with the largest increase linked to misuse of opioid substances. It sets […]

Improving access to employment

Today (5th December) Dame Carol Black published her review recommending improvements to employment opportunities for people with drug or alcohol problems.  The report recognises that improvements need to be made and lays out a clear roadmap of realistic recommendations to help service users have a real chance of success. The recommendations include improving welfare and health services, […]

Raise your selfie-esteem

Rondene Isaacs is holding an free pamper event at Justified Hair & Beauty in Streatham on 19th December offering free treatments for people who are homeless, suffering from mental health problems or in need. The salon will be offering a range of treatments, including hair cuts and manicures, for free. Refreshments will also be provided to ensure […]

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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attends Recovery Street Film Festival event

We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge attended a Recovery Street Film Festival event at Working Title in London, the home of numerous highly acclaimed British films such as Bridget Jones, Notting Hill and Love Actually. Her Royal Highness is Patron of Action on Addiction, one of the consortium of addiction […]

Redbridge service launches IT suite

A newly refurbished IT learning centre has been unveiled for local people engaged with R3, a Blenheim parternship project in Redbridge which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use. Part of the project supports people who have overcome addiction with finding employment and developing relevant skills to […]

Art Exhibition 2016

Join us at our third art exhibition to see artwork by service users who explored the theme freedom. Some pieces are available to buy in a silent auction, with all proceeds going to improve our services. Please join us for the opening night on 14th November from 4-6pm with light snacks and refreshments. Where: Chelsea Theatre, 7 World’s […]

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Reset: New Drug and Alcohol Services for Tower Hamlets

Reset, a new drug and alcohol service opens today in Tower Hamlets. Reset will support people whose lives are affected by their use of drugs and alcohol – ranging from intravenous drug users to ‘social’ drinkers regularly consuming a bottle of wine. It will deliver all of the interventions previously available in the Borough; ensuring […]

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Collective Voice response to DCLG consultation on business rates retention

While removing the current Public Health Grant ring fence will give greater flexibility to local authorities, there is a real threat that it could also lead to further disinvestment in substance misuses services.  In this article, Collective Voice sets out the conditions needed for any new funding arrangements to be considered robust and equitable and […]

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Arch’s One Year Anniversary

Arch in Hillingdon celebrated its one year anniversary last week, holding an open day event for the local community. Arch is an integrated treatment system for all drug and alcohol users in Hillingdon. It opened its doors last August 2015 as a partnership between Blenheim, CNWL, WDP and Build on Belief, offering a range of […]

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Winner of Recovery Street Film Festival announced at launch event

The Recovery Street Film Festival kicked off at the Rio Cinema in Dalston on Wednesday 7th September where ten shortlisted films were screened, all on the topic of recovery and celebrating people’s journeys to overcoming substance misuse. Prizes were handed out to those finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The winning prize was awarded to a […]

Recovery Street Film Festival to launch at Rio Cinema in Dalston

The Recovery Street Film Festival, which celebrates people’s journeys to recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, is launching for the third year running on Wednesday 7th September. The launch event is open to the general public and will take place from 12 – 1:30pm at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, London. Mark Dempster, a former […]

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It’s International Overdose Awareness Day

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held on 31st August each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends, remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Globally, approximately 187,000 people die every year […]

Young person from Insight KC talks to BBC Newsbeat about club drugs and mental health

On 24th August, BBC Newsbeat reported that club drugs, including increasingly strong ecstasy and MDMA, are causing the biggest risk to users’ mental health in decades. You can read the full article here. ‘The number of people going to hospital for treatment for mental and behavioural issues after taking stimulants in the UK is rising. In England, […]

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New Resolution Clinic launches in Central London

Already providing support to people in Westminster, the Resolution Clinic recently launched in the London borough of Kensington & Chelsea, with support extending to Hammersmith & Fulham this month. The service is part of the new Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Service delivered by Turning Point and Blenheim. Open every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 5pm […]

Turning Point and Blenheim launch new Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service in London

On Tuesday 12th July, Turning Point and Blenheim officially launched the Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service in Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the City of Westminster. The new service (previously called the Recovery and Wellbeing Network) aims to support people to live substance free through counselling; increased access to education, training […]

Reminder to submit your short films for Recovery Street Film Festival 2016

Since launching the third Recovery Street Film Festival in April, your three-minute film submissions have been piling in. Organisers of the festival are using this as an opportunity to remind people that submissions are open until 29th July 2016, so there is still time to have your story heard and be in with a chance of […]

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New course helping long term unemployed get back to work

The course, for the long term unemployed in Kensington & Chelsea, fills a much needed gap from what is offered through the job centre work programmes that are designed on a more generic basis. The three month course is accessible to all people at all levels and helps people to build on existing skills, reinforce […]

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R3 opens its doors to the public

The open day, on 25th May, showcased the services available as well as allowing members of the public, professionals, family members and the local community the opportunity to find out more about the treatment available. Over 50 people attended the event and experts from the service spoke about their areas of expertise and the treatment […]

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Volunteers Week 2016

Did you know that London has been awarded the title of ‘European Volunteering Capital 2016’ after competing against 10 other cities? If that’s not enough it’s also National Volunteers Week. Over 21 million people volunteer at least once a year in the UK. Assisting with the work of charities, schools and local community services to […]

Have your opinion heard – Survey on living with hepatitis C

To help others understand the needs of people living with hepatitis C, we are looking to capture your thoughts and opinions in an anonymous survey. You will be asked about your medical history, how hepatitis C has impacted your life, how you feel about your current care situation and any experiences you may have had […]

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R3 Open Day 

After beginning service a year ago R3 will be having an open day on 25th May 2016 to showcase the work of the drug and alcohol service in Redbridge. R3 Service Manager, Martin Fanner, said of the event: “We are really excited to be opening up R3 to the public, partners and other organisations to show […]

R3 ETE displays a colourful art exhibition

On Friday 22 April, the R3 ETE service in Redbridge launched an art exhibition, showcasing some of the work created by the learners of their 7 week drawing class. Each week, learners used different textures and materials to develop different techniques, exploring and pushing their artistic skills. Using tools from chalks and charcoals to paint and pencils, […]

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Recovery Street Film Festival 2016 welcomes short films from public

The public are being invited to make three minute films about addiction. The Recovery Street Film Festival, now in its third year, asks people with personal or family experience to make short films about recovering from drug or alcohol misuse. The competition opens for submissions today, 12th of April, and closes on the 29th July. […]

Blenheim and Turning Point open new integrated drug and alcohol service in London

Blenheim, in partnership with Turning Point, has opened a new substance misuse service – the Recovery & Wellbeing Network – operating in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster. Building on existing provision, the new service will increase the number of residents in […]

Looking for an excuse to clear out your wardrobe?

Donate this weekend at Exchange Ilford’s upcoming Fashion Fix event, where (alongside a weekend of amazing catwalk shows) the R3 ‘Working Wardrobe’ will also be present to accept your clothing donations! Donations of unwanted clothing suitable for the cause will be used to support people whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol use in ‪#Redbridge‬, […]

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Blenheim Annual Report 2015

Last year Blenheim helped over 11,000 people across London, providing support services for drug and alcohol users, their families and carers. Figures released in this annual report reveal: 94% of service users would recommend Blenheim to others 46% of service users misusing alcohol became abstinent Service users that reported offending behaviour at the start of […]

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Collective Voice funding extended

Collective Voice’s purpose is to advance the cause of service users by representing the whole treatment and recovery sector. Blenheim is fully committed to Collective Voice and our experience of the last six months has led us to join the other seven founding organisations to make a commitment to continue to provide the core funding […]

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Blenheim responds to the new alcohol guidelines

Blenheim’s Chief Executive, John Jolly said: “We welcome the new recommended drinking guidance that has been announced by the Chief Medical Officer today, its first review in 10 years. The change in the recommended drinking limits and the information given about the health risks associated with drinking give the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about their […]

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Guest Blog

Our Medical Director, Dr Matthew Johnson, has written a guest blog for Club Soda giving a quick rundown of some medical treatments available in the UK for alcohol misuse. Dr Johnson also answers some frequently asked questions about Naltrexone which can be used to help prevent a relapse or to help limit the amount of alcohol someone drinks. Club […]

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Big Lottery helps our clients in Kensington & Chelsea get into work

Blenheim and the Octavia Foundation are working together on a new project in Kensington & Chelsea, Learn to Earn, which has been awarded a £262,223 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support people with a history of long term drug and alcohol dependency into education, training and employment. People in recovery from substance misuse are […]

Eat, Drink and Be Safe

New figures from the London Ambulance Service show last December in Westminster 9 per cent of 999 ambulance calls were alcohol-related over the festive party season. A new alcohol awareness campaign run by London’s three emergency services and backed by the Mayor of London and City of London launched on Monday, 30 November. ‘Eat, Drink and […]

Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the risks to children – one year on

A new research report from the charity Adfam, launched in the House of Lords today (24 November), has revealed that far more children than previously thought are dying and being hospitalised after ingesting medications prescribed to treat their parents’ drug addiction. The report, Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the risks to children – one year […]

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Collective Voice Spending Review Briefing

The UK’s leading substance misuse service providers have today warned that successful NHS services for hundreds of thousands of people addicted to alcohol and drugs are likely to be cut by 25% in tomorrow’s Spending Review. These services are paid for by local authorities but delivered by the NHS and charities – many of which […]

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Take-home Naloxone from October 2015

Naloxone, which can be effective in reversing heroin overdoses, is, from the 1 October 2015, more readily available for those that need it. Although naloxone will remain a prescription only medicine, the legislative change will crucially mean people working in drug treatment services are able to supply the drug, without a prescription, to anyone needing […]

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Offer support not stigma

Blenheim has submitted a response to Dame Carol Black’s independent review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction and obesity. The response used evidence from an evaluation of Blenheim’s ETE service in Kensington & Chelsea which included key messages from service users about their needs and the barriers they face in […]

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Evaluation report helps understand barriers to employment

Blenheim has published an evaluation of the drug and alcohol Education, Training and Employment service it provides in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The report contains key messages from service users about their needs and the barriers they face in gaining employment. In a timely evaluation, which has been submitted to the independent […]

Public Health Dangers

The following letter, supported by Blenheim, has been published in the Daily Telegraph today. The letter to the editors warning on the impact of public health cuts, and calling for investment in public health in the Spending Review in order to secure the future of the NHS. “The Government’s spending review will determine public expenditure to […]

Recovery Partnership Review of Alcohol Treatment Services

The Recovery Partnership review of the current state of alcohol treatment in England was funded by the Department of Health and undertaken by Alcohol Concern. The review examined how recent changes in health and social care have impacted on the service users journey, commissioning, training and the needs of specific groups. “Blenheim welcomes the report […]

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Paul Hayes appointed to lead substance misuse sector ‘Collective Voice’ Project

A group made up of third sector providers including Addaction, Blenheim, Cranstoun, CRI, Lifeline Project, Phoenix Futures, Swanswell and Turning Point have appointed Paul Hayes, to lead and develop the “Collective Voice” Project to ensure the voice of the drug and alcohol sector and those who uses its services are adequately heard. The project will: […]

Patients must be given life-saving hepatitis C drugs now, say charities

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt must intervene to overturn attempts by NHS England to stop people living with hepatitis C receiving life-saving treatments, 14 leading charities and top liver doctors have written to him to say. The letter voices growing concern about NHS England’s series of seemingly unprecedented requests for the National Institute for Health and […]

NHS England accused of interfering with hepatitis C drug

Blenheim CEO is outraged at continued NHS England interference in the process to decide whether a cure for hepatitis C should be made available to patients on the health service. In January, NICE approved Gilead’s drug, Sofosbuvir. Despite its cost – £35,000 for a 12-week course – they decided that it was of value because […]

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Launch of the 2nd Recovery Street Film Festival: ‘My Story’

Following a successful first year in 2014, the 2nd Recovery Street Film Festival is launched today, with the theme ‘My Story’. It is a competition for people to tell their stories through film of how they achieved recovery from substance dependence. A judging panel of film industry experts will be selecting short 3-minute films to […]

R3 – New Drug and Alcohol Service for Redbridge

A new Drug and Alcohol treatment service opens in Redbridge today (1 May 2015). R3 is a one stop service which provides advice, treatment and support to people whose lives are affected by drug and alcohol use including prescribed and over the counter medications (OTC). The name R3 represents Redbridge, Recovery and Reintegration. East London NHS […]

Drug Related Death Summit 2015

Last year Office for National Statistics figures showed a sharp increase in deaths that were recorded as a result of drug misuse. Following significant concern expressed by Blenheim and a wide range of organisations and service user groups the Drug Related Death summit, organised by DrugScope with Public Health England and the Local Government Association, […]

A healthier, happier future at KC North Hub

Blenheim, supported by Kick It, will be providing our service user’s in the Tri-Borough with six, free, weekly sessions of help and support to get through the hardest part of giving up smoking. The clinics will start at the KC North Hub  on the 13th April 2015 from 10am to 12 noon. Service users can […]

Why is a life saving, recommended and licensed medicine being ignored?

Experts on heroin use are concerned that drug users and their families in England are being denied access to a life-saving medicine: naloxone, an antidote to heroin overdoses. The Office for National Statistics have reported that opioid overdose deaths in England have risen by 32% in 2013. Naloxone Action Group England (NAG) are calling for […]

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Deputy Mayor of London visits drug and alcohol charity in K&C

Victoria Borwick, Deputy Mayor of London visited KC North Hub, a service that helps people with drug and alcohol problems in Kensington and Chelsea on 10th February 2015. KC North Hub is a partnership of organisations combining the experience and expertise of Blenheim, CNWL, Foundation 66 and Build on Belief and RBKC Adult Social Care. […]

Excellent State of the Sector Report 2014

Blenheim welcomes the State of the Sector Report 2014 and believes that such a report is needed on an annual basis in the current climate of public sector upheaval and funding cuts. England has the best drug treatment system in the world, it exists because of the investment of far sighted statesmen from all political […]

Children & Young People’s Health Services National Occupational Standards launched

Skills for Health has launched the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Children & Young People’s Health Services, which are welcomed by Blenheim. The Standards were revised by Skills for Health as part of a UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) funded project and were reviewed against their applicability for those working in Child […]

UK drug scene ever more complex and dangerous

The latest UK Street Drug Survey from drug charity DrugScope reveals a worrying picture of vulnerable groups in society using an increasingly diverse range of illegal and legal drugs, while higher street drug purities are fuelling concerns about a rise in drug-related deaths. DrugScope conducted this snapshot of the UK drug scene during December 2014, […]

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Adfam Family Voices Competition – winner!

CASA Family Service in Islington run monthly workshops for children and their parents where they learn together about drugs and alcohol and their impact on children and families, play games, find fun ways to express their feelings, and eat pizza (not necessarily in that order…). During the October workshop the children were read the first in the […]

Blenheim Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Blenheim, has today, 16th December 2014, accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Blenheim CDP, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £7.85 -significantly higher than the […]

£1mil funding to put residents at the heart of regeneration

Dedicated action to put some of north Tottenham’s residents in the driving seat of shaping the future of first-class healthcare, education and jobs was given a £1million boost today. Residents in Northumberland Park ward will work with Haringey Council, together with The Prince’s Charities and leading addiction charity Blenheim CDP on social regeneration projects after […]

Shameful health inequalities

Blenheim have pledged in their 2014 annual report to campaign for best practice and positive change to address the many health inequalities in the alcohol and substance misuse field. These inequalities include; 97% of people with hepatitis C go untreated despite the fact that there is a cure available for this potentially life threatening virus. […]

Halve hepatitis C related deaths by 2020

As a member of the Hepatitis C Coalition, a group committed to the reduction of morbidity and mortality associated with hepatitis C, Blenheim has played a key role in shaping the recently launched Vision for Change in Hepatitis C: Test, Treat, Cure report. This important document sets out eight clear recommendations to transform the management […]

Do you think the UK drug policy should be reviewed?

Today the government is debating if they should conduct an independent cost-benefit analysis and impact assessment of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The UK government spend over £3 billion a year in an attempt to eradicate drug use. Current drug laws are over 40 years old and there hasn’t been a government assessment about […]

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PHE reports more problem drinkers are recovering

A new report published today, Alcohol Treatment in England 2013-14, shows that the alcohol treatment system is working well with a 5% increase in the number of people in treatment and 6% more overcoming their dependency than last year. Waiting times also continue to fall – with 93% waiting less than three weeks to start […]

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Making Friends and Influencing People

Making the Case, which has been launched by Drugscope on behalf of the Recovery Partnership, aims to help the drug and alcohol sector tell positive stories ensuring that recovery does not slip down the political agenda locally. This short guide is full of ideas and case studies to show how you can communicate the benefits […]

Recovery in Pictures

As part of the Recovery Month celebrations at IDAS Battersea 10 service users were given a disposable camera and a notebook and asked to take pictures of things that inspired them around their own recovery. The original idea came from a service user earlier in the year and the results were truly uplifting. An exhibition […]

Hepatitis C is curable and could be eliminated in 15 years

Blenheim together with the Hepatitis C Trust has published a full-page advert in the September edition of Politics First, which is out today. The advert asserts that hepatitis C is curable and could be eliminated in 15 years with the Governments support. John Jolly, CEO at Blenheim said, “We have placed this advert because it […]

First screening of festival films at launch in London

Yesterday the Recovery Street Film Festival officially launched in London. The festival was opened by Rosanna O’ Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco at Public Health England and Mitch Winehouse , founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation, to a packed Market Hall in Borough Market, London. Organised by a […]

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Mitch Winehouse to open first Recovery Street Film Festival

On 10 September the Recovery Street Film Festival will host its official launch in Borough Market in London. The festival will be opened by Mitch Winehouse, founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation. Mitch Winehouse will also announce the overall festival winner, who will be awarded with £1000 worth of film […]

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Golborne Life

Golborne Life went to meet some key members of staff at the Insight KC project at 51, Golborne Road and the KC North Hub project at 1, East Row. You can see the full article with interviews from Laraine Start, SUNDIAL, Sarah Cahn Insight KC and Brendan McGrath here.

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Drug and Alcohol Factsheets

Blenheim have just launched a range of factsheets for professionals, service users, families and friends to provide information on the effects and risks of drugs and alcohol. There is a number of factsheets available for download aimed at adults or young people providing honest information to help build your or your service users knowledge and […]

Progress is being made on Hep C but more action needs to be taken

08 August 2014 Blenheim welcomes the publication of Hepatitis C in the UK 2014 by Public Health England and the development of an implementation framework with NHS England, the Department of Health and voluntary bodies to make a step change in the prevention, testing and treatment of hepatitis C. Blenheim was pleased to see Public […]

Children’s NOS Revision

08 July 2014 Blenheim supports the changes to the Children’s Services suite, making the National Occupation Standards (NOS) applicable to workers specifically in children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) who help children suffering from substance abuse. Blenheim is a charity that provides services for people with drug and alcohol problems, and believes that everyone […]

Call to Reform UK Drug Policy

26 June 2014 New voices to the drug policy debate include the National Black Police Association, Michael Mansfield QC, Prison Governors Association, the main HIV/AIDs charities and social justice NGOs As part of a global day of action, Blenheim joins over 80 high-profile figures and organisations by signing an open letter to Prime Minister David […]

Recovery Street Film Festival

04 June 2014 We are on the hunt for anyone who wants to share their story through film. This three minute film must be around the theme of deserving a future and focusing on living with the challenges of recovery. A judging panel of film industry experts will be selecting their chosen submissions to feature […]

Blenheim chosen as Charity of the Year

30 April 2014 I.T. support company, Complete I.T. has chosen client Blenheim as its charity of the year for 2014/2015. Blenheim, who Complete I.T have supported for 3 years as their IT partner, is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting drug and alcohol users and their families across London. As part of these celebrations, […]

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International drug treatment trial

29 April 2014 A paper published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal last week details development and statistical validity of the Addiction Dimensions for Assessment and Personalised Treatment (ADAPT) tool. A paper published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence Journal last week details development and statistical validity of the Addiction Dimensions for Assessment and […]

Tackling the risks to children

29 April 2014 The Adfam report examines the dangers to children when their parents or carers are prescribed Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) medications, and brings up significant issues for the sector where current practice in many areas needs to be improved. “At Blenheim we are confident that we effectively respond to this issue, however we will […]

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Opening our doors

10 April 2014 Since Blenheim was founded in 1964, we have supported thousands of people struggling with addiction. In March, as part of our 50th celebrations, we opened the doors of our services to their local communities. 33-year-old Sam, came to the charity in 2007 for help with alcohol addiction. He said: “The police referred […]

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The future of the drug & alcohol sector

08 April 2014 As Blenheim celebrates its 50th anniversary, chief executive John Jolly talks to David Gilliver about the organisations future direction and some of the risks facing the field. Read the full DDN article here (page 18)

Minister Norman Baker is defying an order to ban khat

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) says there is no evidence on which to justify making khat illegal, the Home Affairs committee urges a rethink, the Minister responsible for drugs is reportedly opposed to it. Blenheim’s Chief Executive, John Jolly, urges the Home Secretary “to follow the advice of the ACMD in […]

House of Commons debate on Hepatitis C

20 March 2014 Blenheim supports and welcomes the scheduling of a debate in the House of Commons on Hepatitis C prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The cross party Early Day Motion notes that Hepatitis C is the most prevalent blood-borne virus in the UK and can cause cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and death. The House […]

Measuring and Delivering Social Impact

05 March 2014 The RBS SE100 Index is tracking the key data behind the phenomenal story of social enterprise in the UK. The index rates the social impact of each organisation. Blenheim scored 7 out of a possible 10 compared to an average of 5 out of 10. This places Blenheim well into the top half […]

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Get the right help to women, at the right time

04 March 2014 Last year there were more than 10,000 women in homelessness services in the UK. Their histories are a sad chronicle of missed opportunities to get the right help to women, at the right time. In 2012 30% of people entering treatment at Blenheim were homeless. The Rebuilding Shattered Lives report by St […]

A 1/4 of new starts at Blenheim are over 45

27 February 2014 We are about to see a huge increase in the number of older people with significant health problems resulting from a drugs and alcohol consumption and dependency which makes this report an important wake up call to government, commissioners and service providers – John Jolly, Blenheim It’s about time: Tackling substance misuse […]

Blenheim joins the Hepatitis C Coalition

26 February 2014 Blenheim hosted an event at the House of Lords in January 2014 to celebrate 50 years of social action, its chief executive John Jolly pledged the organisation to addressing the lack of access to treatment for those with Hepatitis C. Blenheim has now joined the Hepatitis C Coalition a group of leading […]

Nick Clegg calls for a rational debate about drugs regulation

17 February 2014 Blenheim welcomes Nick Clegg’s call for a rational debate about Drugs Law and regulation in the UK. For 50 years Blenheim have supported and continues to support those who get into problems with their use of drugs and alcohol. At Blenheim we believe we need to be careful and take responsibility for […]

Launch of the updated Drugs & Alcohol National Occupational Standards

13 Feb 2014 Carole Sharma, Chair of the project Steering Group and CEO of the Federation of Drugs & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) said: ‘the continued development of competent practitioners, volunteers, managers and commissioners in the substance use sector is crucial for the delivery of high quality services which meet the needs of the individuals and […]

State of the Sector Report 2013

10 February 2014 Blenheim welcomes the State of the Sector Report 2013 prepared by Drugscope on behalf of the recovery partnership and believes that such a report is needed on an annual basis in the current climate of public sector upheaval and funding cuts. England has the best drug treatment system in the world. It […]

Blenheim strikes GOLD

02 January 2014 “I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be here today if it wasnt for Blenheim.” Kate, age 23 This year we are celebrating our golden anniversary. 50 years of changing people’s lives like Kate’s, through believing in everyone’s capacity to change. In celebration of their own success and our 50th birthday, 50 […]