Dales community joins national drugs campaign
COMMUNITY safety bosses in the Hambleton district of the Yorkshire Dales have signed up to a national campaign which aims to make communities safe from drugs and alcohol misuse and the anti social behaviour it spawns.
Drugs and anti-social behaviour are an increasing problem even in rural areas of the dales and Hambleton's Community Safety Partnership is one of 60 crime and drug agencies across the country to join the Home Office's year long project 'Changing Lives: making Communities Safer'.
The project has three key aims:
- communicate to local communities the work being done to tackle crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour and alcohol misuse in their areas, and the impact this is having.
- improve people's awareness of the action being taken to help them to feel safe in their community.
- provide partners with support, expertise and a forum where ideas can be developed and exchanged, successes can be shared and results can be reviewed
Throughout the year the partnership will be promoting the scheme through awareness raising initiatives as well as taking part in three national events. They kick off this month with National Tackling Drugs Day next week - May 23.
For that day the partnership is joining forces with HARCAS (Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Addiction Services) to host an open day at its Northallerton offices on South Parade.
Members of the public will be able to drop in between 11am and 7pm to talk to substance misuse workers, counsellors and drop in workers about their various roles and the impact their work is having on the local community.
There will also be a room set aside for drug or alcohol users, relatives and others affected by drugs and alcohol issues to talk confidentially to a member of the support team.
For many people talking about drug issues is a no go area
Ruth Garrett - HARCAS
"This new campaign is a great way to allow the public to see just what we are doing to try to help drug users and their families cope," said Ruth Garrett, Manager of HARCAS.
"For many people talking about drug issues is a no go area but this day will allow them to come into our office and meet people on an informal basis for a chat.
"It could be the parent of a teenager worried about the prevalence of drug use amongst young people, it could be a man worried about his partners drinking or it could be an addict desperate for help but afraid to ask. We are here to help everyone in a friendly and open environment."
For more information visit: www.drugs.gov.uk
- Photo shows Members of Northallerton Round Table who will be helping at the HARCAS open day next week. Fishing for information from drop in worker Craig Bosomworth (back) are (from left to right) Marcus Grover, Simon Lovell and chairman, Mark Boersma.