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Staff at the Wear Recovery drug and alcohol service took part in ‘Wear on our Feet’ as part of the On Your Feet Britain campaign.

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DISC Health and Safety Manager St​eve Totty is upgrading safety standards in all our hot food kitchens with the introduction of a first aid kit in the event of anyone suffering burns.

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A three month pilot project entitled POP,  which was developed by DISC’s project Platform Gateshead has now been completed.

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In an innovative new policy Forward Leeds, the drug and alcohol service for Leeds has been distributing potentially lifesaving kits to clients. The kits contain Naloxone an opiate receptor blocker along with instructions for use.

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DISC and SMHS are delighted to report that our proposed merger is on track to be completed by Thursday 1st June.

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DISC has welcomed a new document from campaign group Stonewall A VISION FOR CHANGE – Acceptance without exception for trans+ people 2017-2022.​

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A DISC drug and alcohol misuse service has received a glowing report from inspectors in being awarded the Quality for Health standard in Calderdale.

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DISC’s Darlington Young Carers’ Service is celebrating after securing extended funding from Darlington Borough Council.

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DISC’s Horizon Young Adult Carers service has been involved with the NHS Health Champions Campaign delivered by NHS Carers Leads.

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Local social landlord DISC Housing is aiming to help tenants spruce up their gardens, back yards and their local community spaces this summer by sowing flower seeds.

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North Yorkshire Horizons, Selby blog by Mark Vidgen DISC Drug and Alcohol Services It is often the case that people from minority ethnic groups feel treatment services don’t meet their needs, or are not culturally appropriate for them.

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Wednesday 12th April

DISC CEO Paul Townsley speaks about his thoughts following a visit to The Greens, in Sheffield. The recovery focused accommodation is situated in award winning buildings in the city.

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People across Barnsley who are affected by drug and alcohol misuse can seek support through a new service which launches on 1st April 2017.

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David Lawson RAPt DISC partnership

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Joint work between Collective Voice, the NHS and PHE to improve clinical responses to drug-related deaths Collective Voice believes that the most significant challenge facing the drug treatment and recovery system today is responding to the health needs of an ageing and increasingly vulnerable population. Moreover, that response must be…

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Manager blog by Cathy Unsworth, DISC has been successful in retaining the contract for the new key worker service in Salford.

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A councillor has praised DISC after it won a prestigious award proving it was at the “Heart of the Community”

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Workers at Northern Communities’ charity DISC are completing a busy few weeks promoting LGBT History month.

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Alison Barrie Vlog February 2017 Leeds Offender Support Services transcription (video has subtitles)

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A report highlighting the excellent work delivering adult drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services in North Yorkshire has just been published.

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More than 40 Leeds residents hoping to build new careers in the construction industry attended a jobs fair as part of the city-wide Step Up Into Construction (SUIC) programme.

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Friday 3rd February

The Nursing Times has just released a video of Karen Jordan discussing her reaction to winning Nurse Leader of the Year at the Nursing Times Awards 2016. The video is now live, why not take a look?

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Chairman Jim Black and Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley unveiled a plaque on Monday 30th January 2017 to commemorate the charity’s newly acquired Silver status with Investors In People.

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The More Time social enterprise has sent out a call for more donations to meet the high demand for second hand goods. The steady stream of customers at the showroom in the DISC headquarters next to the Blue Bridge in Newton Aycliffe means they now need more good quality second-hand goods.

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Changing Lives, a residential service run by the charity DISC, provides intensive support to local people in Scarborough.

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Wednesday 18th January

Leading North charity  DISC and healthcare specialists St Martin’s Health Care Services announce merger. Health and social care charity DISC and Leeds-based community interest company St Martin’s Healthcare Services, have announced they will merge in the summer of 2017.

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Three days of free festive celebrations in Hull are underway courtesy of a local community cafe on Story Street in the town centre.

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DISC has joined a partnership of 61 organisations from across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP that will deliver an innovative work, training and volunteering programme for those people furthest away from work and training.

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Our wonderful staff in DISC’s North Yorkshire Horizons hubs across the county got into the Christmas spirit and some wolly jumpers to raise money for the Save the Children charity.

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Changing Lives, a residential service in Scarborough, has issued a plea for Christmas donations for its service users.

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Members of the Salford Family Support project recently participated in a ‘Make & Create’ group to develop some seasonal cards ready for Christmas.

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Members of a County Durham project for people with learning disabilities have scored a success with their local police force in a recent football challenge.

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A diverse workforce geared up to work with the diverse needs of service users. By Leeds DIP IOM Project Manager, Alison Barrie. What I’m really proud of is the diverse team that we have. The team includes paid staff, volunteers and peer mentors. Some are university graduates perhaps with psychology…

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VOLUNTEER SUCCESS AT HARROGATE AWARDS ‘OSCARS’

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Staff at Leeds DIP IOM are supporting a campaign to raise awareness about a campaign aimed at endign violence against women.

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DISC Lead Practitioner Becky Baxter receives the Leeds City Council Award

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 Karen’s caring work wins national award A nurse was crowned “Nurse Leader of the Year” on 26 October for her work to improve access to care for vulnerable patients in North Yorkshire.

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DISC RECOVERY COMMUNITY CELEBRATED FACES AND VOICES OF RECOVERY AT HALTON RECOVERY WALK

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DISC’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley and Executive Director, Lisa Parker hosted a Collective Voice round table event to bring together Recovery Services with key representatives from the government to consult on the government’s approach to drugs and alcohol. The successful event was staged at the Recovery Academy in Leeds.

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DISC is proud to have received a message from Sheila Warren, of Investors in People, following confirmation that our charity, with some 500 employees has achieved a Silver IIP accreditation after a stringent review of our policies and procedures. It has put us in the top 5 per cent of…

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Staff and service users from the drug and alcohol service North Yorkshire Horizons met at the Northallerton Hub to celebrate reaching a landmark figure for patients recovering from addiction.

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Two young men from County Durham who underwent a training scheme and  then were taken on by a local company have told unemployed over 18’s how they did it.

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Wednesday 28th September

MORE TIME FOR CAKE AS DISC SUPPORTS MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

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The Leeds Recovery Academy, run by DISC will be distributing tinned and dried food goods to its members after a generous food donation from UNITE student housing.

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DISC has been awarded silver accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through good people management.

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A team of workers and volunteers from DISC is getting ready to take part in the County Durham Workplace Games next month.

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Collective Voice is organising a round table event to bring together Recovery Services with key representatives from the government to consult on the governments approach to drugs and alcohol.

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Team GB’s medal haul in Rio has inspired the watching DISC service users at the Greens in Sheffield to create their own Olympic flame – beneath a barbeque grill.

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Northern Communities charity DISC has welcomed an early move to discuss the new government’s approach to drugs and alcohol issues.

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A new £5,000 NHS-funded project at the BRICWorks health and wellbeing community hub in Hull is targeting lonely people in the city.

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Forward Leeds celebrates First Anniversary Nearly 6,000 people have accessed drug and alcohol services run by Forward Leeds since it launched in the city a year ago. Forward Leeds, the Leeds City Council commissioned service has helped a total of 5,889 people since it began operating in July, 2015.

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The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, DISC and Changing Lives are working in partnership from July 1st, 2016 to provide a new recovery focused model of drug and alcohol treatment and care for residents across Sunderland.

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Recovery Academy Opens in Leeds A community centre has opened in Leeds to create a new focal point for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in the city.

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MP impressed by 91% success rate Workers at a local charity running a BIG Lottery to get young people into work and training, have been praised by their local MP after achieving a 91% success rate.

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Successful service seeks new staff A service that runs recovery and treatment provision for alcohol and drug addictions is to recruit more staff to meet local demand.

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A call has gone out for more donations of furniture and white goods for a local social enterprise set up to help local people.

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From Theory to Practice DISC CEO Paul Townsley at the WY-FI annual conference 2016

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The Greens blog DISC Independent Living by Marie Dodds, Project leader

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A half million pound, Big Lottery-funded project aimed at helping young people who carry out caring duties for relatives in County Durham and Darlington has been launched by The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham.

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A local Cricket Club has been bowled over by the hard work and dedication of four local teenagers as it gets ready for the new season.

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DISC strikes Gold in Better Health at Work Awards A successful Newton Aycliffe-based charity has achieved a new Gold standard – in the Better Health at Work Awards.

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Leeds Families First visit to the House of Commons The Leeds Families First service – the city’s successful partnership which works to deliver the Government’s Troubled Families programme – has sent a representative to speak at a UK Government Cabinet Task Force meeting in the House of Commons.

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A charity project which provides intensive support for families with complex needs has received the Salford City Mayor’s Charter Mark.

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A community cafe in Newton Aycliffe is celebrating British Pie Week by baking a popular pie every day.

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Thursday 25th February

A North East MP has today welcomed the launch of a new job club, based in Newton Aycliffe.

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An innovative drug and alcohol service which has helped over 1200 people across Calderdale has celebrated its first birthday with the opening of a revamped health and wellbeing centre in Todmorden.

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Students in Newton Aycliffe are carving out a lasting reminder of their work on an award winning course by creating a sculpture for Durham Cathedral.

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Community spirited members of a group for people with learning disabilities in Pelton have been tidying up their local area by doing a litter pick as part of their regular walk.

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Merger is “good news for our service users” People who receive help from the Scarborough-based Cambridge Centre charity have been reassured that the services they use will continue unaffected as it merges with a larger charity this week.

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DISC is supporting today’s National Young Carers’ Awareness Day. (January 28th)

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A Newton Aycliffe café is helping customers tighten their belts this January by providing a selection of slimming meals that are out of this world.

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A teenager from Newton Aycliffe is the latest of nearly 90 young people to gain a “first class” work placement through our County Durham education programme which aims to help people reach their full potential.

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Members of a County Durham project for people with learning disabilities have been playing cricket in the winter time courtesy of Durham County Cricket Club.

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More Time Furniture Volunteers’ Christmas effort Volunteers at a social enterprise based in Newton Aycliffe have been working flat out just like Santa to deliver goods in time for Christmas.

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Around 75 homeless people in Hull have accepted an invitation to a full Christmas dinner, courtesy of the BRiCworks community hub and kind hearted local traders.

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Charity workers who run a project to get local people in need into rented accommodation have handed over the keys to their latest resident – just in time for Christmas.

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Local people in Northallerton who attend a charity’s drug and alcohol recovery programmes are raising money this Christmas by making Yuletide wreaths for sale.

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Transgender young people who are fighting to establish their identities have thanked an award winning Newcastle lawyer who is working for free for them.

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A successful partnership  project, based in Middlesbrough, celebrated the Transgender Day of Remembrance #tdor on Friday 20th November, with the planting of a heart shaped floral tribute made up of purple tulip bulbs.

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Half a million pound funding from Big Lottery Northern charity DISC has secured nearly half a million pounds funding through BIG Lottery funding to deliver a new service across Darlington and County Durham which will provide support and advice to young adult carers.  The service is delivered in partnership with…

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DISC, one of the North’s most innovative social care providers, has announced it is to merge with one of its partner organisations, the North Yorkshire based Cambridge Centre.

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Friday 6th November

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson visited DISC today to see how lottery funds have allowed us to deliver innovative projects across the North of England that improve the lives of hundreds of people.

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CATERPILLAR, PETERLEE HOSTS LOCAL TRAINEES

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Thursday 29th October

DISC and More Time were proud to be shortlisted finalists at the North East Equality Awards. DISC North East Gender Identity Service were finalists in the”Groups that have made a difference”  category MoreTime were finalists  in the “Organisations under 50 staff” category Founded in 2011, More Time Ltd is a not…

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DISC are now providing a new service in partnership with Bradford Council, the ‘No Second Night Out’ service. The service is designed to give immediate help to single people who have become homeless. It will provide support to The service will aim rough sleepers within Bradford as soon as they…

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DISC has launched a new contract to provide an Intensive supervised housing resettlement service and intensive housing related support service for offenders across Lancashire, including those subject to MAPPA and PPO arrangements. The service based in Preston will provide support to offenders to become capable of independent living within 2…

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1st year celebrations for North Yorkshire Horizons

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The More Time Furniture store at Newton Aycliffe will now open on weekends, allowing budget conscious shoppers the opportunity to view the large selection of furniture on display and to take advantage of some extremely attractive sales opportunities. The weekend opening hours will begin Saturday 17th October. Furniture Coordinator Matt…

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Our students made fundraising a piece of cake when they got together and organised their own event for Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The 16 to 18 year olds on the Steps 4 Success education and training project based at DISC near the Blue Bridge in Newton Aycliffe,…

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PRaMS, which stands for Positive Recovery and Midwife Support, offers help for women who may have suffered domestic abuse and/or have drugs and alcohol issues.

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We have great news to share as we have been successful in the tender for the Bradford ‘No Second Night Out’ service, which is due to start in October 2015 and will be delivered from Discovery House in Bradford. DISC already provides the Street Outreach element of the provision, however…

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The High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Charlie Forbes Adam, praised the ‘inspirational’ North Yorkshire Horizons Hub in Selby following a visit on Friday 26th June. Mr Forbes Adam, whose charity work during his year in office is focusing on drug and alcohol addiction, said he was “humbled and amazed” by…

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A local project is buzzing with excitement after securing a grant to develop a bee keeping project in Southowram. Calderdale in Recovery, based in Halifax and Todmorden, provides recovery orientated life changing support and inspiration to people who use the new drug and alcohol treatment system. This new bee keeping…

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DISC is proud to announce the start of its new Sefton Homeless project which began work on Wednesday 1st July and has been set up to provide assistance and support for homeless people in the Sefton area. DISC is part of a wider partnership providing a full range of accommodation…

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Wednesday 1st July

The countdown is on for the start of the Faces & Voices of Recovery Conference, to be held in Durham on Friday September 11th. There is also a Sleep-Out event being held at Durham Cathedral on the evening of the 11th September. It’s only ten weeks until this major conference…

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Support for people needing help with alcohol and drug use in Leeds is changing with a new integrated service being delivered from 1st July. To make sure people wanting support, advice or more intensive interventions get the help they need.

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Five Young Carers from our Young Carer project in Darlington enjoyed a fantastic daytrip to the Lake District during the half-term holidays. The lucky individuals were selected for the trip were from a group who have taken part in an ongoing gardening and development project on the Tees Valley YMCA…

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Tuesday 2nd June

Chief Executive Mark Weeding announced that he is retiring from his role as CEO and revealed that his successor will be Paul Townsley, currently Northern Director of The Lifeline Project. During Marks time DISC has seen a significant increase in turnover, rising from £400K in 1990 to £21m in this…

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