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Bridge is a substance misuse programme based in Northampton but working throughout the county.

A brief overview of the work that the Bridge Programme does to support people with substance misuse issues

Bridge is a peer support project which links volunteers who have recovered from alcohol and/or drug misuse with members with serious substance misuse problems. Bridge also provides a range of activities, events and support. There are recovery workers who work with members to sustain their recovery and staff who specialise in advice and guidance on benefits, housing and employment.

Members will have some motivation to control, reduce or cease their drug/alcohol use and benefit from the support and encouragement of volunteers who have direct experience. Volunteers are trained for their role and fill an important and sensitive position.

Members can benefit from all the services Bridge provides or choose those that would be most beneficial.


HEALTH SCREENING CLINIC

Bridge will be hosting another Health Screening Clinic at our Northampton site on 22nd October from 9.30am - 1pm. The screening is for anyone who is homeless or in temporary accommodation.

There will be the opportunity to be tested for Hepatitis A, B and C, Liver functioning, and General wellbeing. People will also have the opportunity to register with a GP, have a weight check, and also have a flu vaccination.

All participants will receive a breakfast roll, soup, tea/coffee.


YOUR STORY MATTERS

Public Health Northamptonshire is running a survey to get a better understanding of the experiences of Bridge members while they were actively addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and document how their lives have changed since entering recovery. The responses will be used to inform service planners and staff of the impact of addiction on people's lives and the ways in which recovery services might help individuals overcome these issues, and to show them the importance of Bridge in doing this.

If you can spare twenty minutes to complete the survey we will give you a £10 LOVE2SHOP voucher (redeemable in many high street stores).

Please ensure that you make a note of the ID number that you receive when you complete the form on line.

Please click here to complete the survey.


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APPROVED PROVIDER STANDARD

Bridge is pleased to announce that we have again achieved the Mentoring and Befriending APPROVED PROVIDER STANDARD.

The Approved Provider Standard (APS) is the national quality standard designed specifically for all types of mentoring and befriending projects. Projects which meet the requirements of the standard are accredited for three years.

The Approved Provider Standard comprises 10 requirements across four key areas supporting safe and effective practice in mentoring and befriending.

The four key areas are:

  • Management and operation
  • Service user (mentees and befriendees)
  • Mentors and befrienders
  • The mentoring and befriending relationship

Each of these key areas contains the following:

  • Requirements - these are the overarching quality statements in relation to the standard
  • What this requirement means - this describes the requirements in more detail
  • In practice - this provides information on how the requirements would be implemented within a mentoring or befriending project

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KNOW YOUR MONEY

With the help of charities Unlock and Nacro, Knowyourmoney.co.uk has published a new for 2019 comprehensive guide to bank accounts for prisoners.

Research suggests that bank accounts are a key factor in preventing people from re-offending as they have the ability to work and receive benefits.

Our guide explores why a bank account is so important for prison leavers, as well as the current problems surrounding the issue and the steps prisoners can take to secure a bank account for themselves.

Click Here to find out more information.


NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Northamptonshire Community Foundation have recently awarded Bridge the sum of £700 (in addition to the initial sum of £2520) to be used to buy external one year gym memberships for members across the county.

Bridge would like to express its gratitude to the Northamptonshire's High Sheriff Fund.


FIRST FOR WELLBEING

First for Wellbeing offer a range of wellbeing services, facilities and programmes designed to help you live the best life you possibly can. Click here for more information.

A First for Wellbeing advisor will be available at Bridge Northampton on Tuesdays. If you would like to book an appointment with the advisor, please ask at reception or ring us on 01604 621259.

Please Contact Us for more information.

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S2S - AMBULATORY DETOX UNIT

Substance to Solution, part of Change, Grow, Live (CGL), is a substance misuse treatment service, offering a range of services from needle exchanges, BBV testing and vaccinations, to structured treatment, including rehab and detoxes. One particular service offered is the in-house ambulatory detox, which is a two week programme, tailored to suit the dynamic needs of Northamptonshire's service users. The programme consists of structured, motivational groups, alongside a clinical timetable, which incorporates the provision of detoxification medications, observations, and health checks.

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WHAT'S COMING UP?

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT BRIDGE CORBY WILL NO LONGER BE OPENING ON WEDNESDAYS.

October 2019

Wednesday 16th October - Table Tennis Tournament (All sites, held at Northampton).

Friday 18th October - Pamper Day (All sites, held at Northampton).

Tuesday 22nd October - Health Screening Clinic for the Homeless (Northampton).

Thursday 24th October - Trip to Adrenaline Alley.


VACANCIES

We currently have vacancies for:

Recovery Worker - Corby

Recovery Worker - Wellingborough


LATEST NEWS

Andrew and Kieran have been awarded Volunteer of the Month for September 2019.(Read More)

Volunteer of the Month


Activities

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Bridge Substance Misuse Programme Ltd is a Social Enterprise, company registered number 06221493.
Registered office 63c Gold Street, Northampton, NN1 1RA.