Trauma-informed care

9:44 am, July 31, 2017

In July the Department of Health published  Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on Clinical Management.

Often called the “Orange Book”, this year’s guidelines include a section outlining the principles for trauma-informed care, which:

  • Recognise the high rates of trauma exposure in substance misusers
  • Recognise trauma symptoms and behaviours as the individual’s best attempts to adapt and manage their experiences
  • Provide a treatment environment that promotes physical and emotional safety
  • Prioritise trauma recovery as part of treatment goals
  • Support patients to make choices and take control of treatment decisions
  • Adopt a stance that is collaborative, participatory and provides hope and belief in recovery from trauma

“It is satisfying to see the approach we’ve been recommending for the last 24 years has finally been made official,” says CEO Dr Mike Peirce MBE. “The clinical guidelines in the study are conclusive and very clear where future provision/services and interventions aimed at those who are dependent upon drugs as a direct consequence of abuse experienced in childhood are concerned.

“There has been no specific budget from successive governments for the above client group and this has led to charities like Southmead Project being excluded from applying for clinical commissioning funding simply because there is no money put aside for these purposes,” Mike continues. “However, with recognition and acknowledgement now secured from extremely credible sources, perhaps the authorities can at last step up and ensure this will be corrected as soon as possible.”

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Fundraising push

1:33 pm, July 20, 2017

Our year-long fundraising and awareness-raising push continues apace this month with three events in quick succession.

Following a hugely successful event at Bournemouth University, the Wall of Silence called in at Easton Community Centre last week. Shortly after, on Tuesday 18 July, we hosted a successful fundraiser at Henbury Golf Day. Twenty-two teams of four took part and raised more than £4,000 in the process.

Our CEO, Dr Mike Peirce MBE, was particularly pleased with the number of participants who came from the corporate sector. He says: “By taking part these businesses are practically demonstrating their corporate social responsibility and, in addition, a clear empathy for and desire to help the client group we support, which is so refreshingly welcome and hugely encouraging.”

Mike and co. will be hitting the green again on Saturday 22 July at Filton Golf Day.

He continues: “Our fundraising drive is there to try and ensure the longevity of Southmead Project and also to reduce our waiting list, which currently stands at 60 people with 35 waiting for initial assessment.

“Recent funding set-backs have exacerbated an already desperate situation.

“The hugely successful Wall of Silence exhibition at Bournemouth University has clearly indicated that child abuse is a nationwide problem, hence our plea to Parliament.”

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Summer round-up

10:30 am, July 13, 2017

Suspension of client referrals
If you follow our Twitter feed you’ll know that we’ve had to suspend client referrals until 1 October 2017. This is due to the high demand for our counselling services, which has grown to an all-time high. Our waiting list is now at its maximum – 60 people with 35 waiting for their initial assessment – but we are confident that we can begin to accommodate new clients when the autumn rolls around and we recruit more counsellors… and hopefully secure more funding too. We’ll keep you posted with our progress both here and via Twitter.

Wall of Silence at  Bournemouth University
Wall of Silence visited Bournemouth University this month as part of the its Festival of Learning. It’s the third academic institution to host the Wall and was, says Southmead Project’s own CEO Dr Mike Peirce MBE, “a huge success”. Mike thanked all the contributors to the Wall and said “another huge stride in tackling child abuse [was] made”. At its height, the #wallofsilence achieved 7.3m Twitter impressions and the event helps to further raise awareness of the impact of child sexual abuse. We send our sincerest thanks to BU’s Dr Andy Mayers (a patron at Dorset Mind and Chair of Acts Fast) for hosting the event.

Date for your diary – AGM
Our AGM will be held on Friday 17 November at New United Reformed Church in Southmead. We’ve had an extremely busy year and look forward to updating all our supporters on the progress we’ve made over the last 12 months. Please come along if you can and help us continue in our aim of raising awareness of the impact of child abuse. More details will be released as the date nears – keep checking our website and Twitter feed for details.

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