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DAWS shares best practice with delegation visiting from China

On the 31 October Kensington and Chelsea’s Drugs and Alcohol Wellbeing Service (DAWS), delivered in partnership by Turning Point and Blenheim, welcomed a delegation from the Drugs Rehabilitation Association of the Zhejiang province in China. This was the last stop in the delegation’s series of visits to drugs services across several different countries to explore international drug management and treatment services.

Blenheim’s representatives, Jo Choi (Assistant Director) and Sharon Pedliham (Area Manager), met with the delegation to discuss the holistic approach to drug and alcohol services that DAWS provides to users and those affected by others’ substance use.

There was particular emphasis on the variety of work the Service undertakes to support users beyond clinical treatment. This includes mental health services such as counselling, close relationships with local GPs to improve referral rates and help with housing. The work of the Families and Carers Service, which offers support to friends and family whether a loved one is in treatment or not, was also discussed as crucial to the local community and successful user recovery.

The delegation commended the Service for its community-based treatment model, acknowledging the societal and cost benefits that community interventions at an early stage can have. They also praised the range of activities that DAWS offers in addition to treatment, from education, employment and training support to acupuncture and mindfulness classes.

Jo Choi, Blenheim Assistant Director, said “we feel really privileged to have been able to share what we do here at DAWS to support international collaboration in the drugs and alcohol service sector. The delegation’s enthusiasm for our community-focused work was fantastic and a well-deserved acknowledgment of the great work that our service staff are doing. We wish the Association and its staff all the best with their future work.”

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