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16 November 2017

A reduction in alcohol-related deaths? The impact of changing definitions in statistical recording.

This week marks Alcohol Awareness Week 2017, an awareness week that encourages people to think about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Here, our Area Manager James Ward discusses the change to the definition of 'alcohol-related deaths' and what this means for drug and alcohol services across the country, including our services across the North East and Yorkshire.

At the end of October, just ahead of releasing the 2016 statistics, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) updated the definition used for recording alcohol specific deaths.

The change in definition meant the exclusion of deaths that were only “partially attributable to alcohol”.

The ONS anticipate that the…

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14 November 2017

Financial Capability Week 2017 : A Day In The Life of a Financial Capability Worker

Financial Capability Week 2017 is upon us! We have a dedicated Financial Capability Team in Newcastle to empower people to make the most of their money. But how exactly do we do that? In his blog, our Financial Capability Worker Phillip tells us what an average day for him looks like, and how he’s changing lives.

Hi, I’m Phillip, and I work for Changing Lives’ Financial Capability Team in Newcastle. We deliver this service in partnership with Oasis Aquila Housing, supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to improve their financial capabilities and move on from poverty, chaos and hardship.


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17 October 2017

ADHD Awareness Month: Raising Children and Supporting Adults With ADHD

This month is ADHD awareness month, which is a topic close to the heart of Debbie McKinney, our Service Manager in Doncaster. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a health condition which can affect people’s ability to focus and can lead to additional challenges in education and work. Debbie has three grown up children, all with ADHD, and was delighted when one of Changing Lives’ services was able to support them in their search for work. This is her story.

As well as being a manager at Changing Lives in Doncaster, I am also a single parent with three boys. All my boys have been diagnosed with ADHD.

What does that mean to those without first-hand experience?

Well, as a young parent I had never heard of ADHD,…

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6 October 2017

Supporting people with dyslexia

To mark Dyslexia Awareness Week 2017, Val Bell, Assistant Director at Changing Lives, explains some of the challenges that people with dyslexia can face and how we're aiming to support them better.

Every day, Changing Lives staff work hard to remove barriers that stop people from getting the help they need or reaching their personal potential.

We strive to provide tailored support for people with complex needs and we are proud to approach everyone we work with as an individual.

However, often having…

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29 September 2017

What do the latest recommendations from the ACMD mean for drug and alcohol services?

Recently the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published its latest report: Commissioning Impact on Drug Treatment. Here, our Area Manager James Ward explores what this invaluable insight into the perspective of commissioners means for the future of drug and alcohol services.

Recently the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published its latest report Commissioning Impact on Drug Treatment.

This represents a positive acknowledgement of what frontline drug and alcohol services have lived through in recent times.  Namely that:

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