YOUTH IS FOCUS ON DRUG AND ALCOHOL AWARENESS
AS part of the Baiter Sehat project, One Voice has created a drug ambassador to support young people who may be at risk of substance misuse.
A drug and alcohol awareness event was also held in the local community to look into the issues which affect parents, the community and police. One Voice is also planning to launch a marketing initiative to raise the awareness of CRI Inspire and GO2 in the BME communities.
Eid Event Highlights Drug and Alcohol Services
JAN’S Conference Centre was the setting for an Eid Bazaar event supported by One Voice and Baiter Sehat where information about substance misuse services was available though an innovative and informative exhibition stand.
CRI Inspire’s Hasan Sidat was at hand to offer advice to the visitors to the event. The stand provided some detailed information about shisha smoking, as well as the dangers of alcohol misuse and the contents of illegal drugs.
“I got some important leaflets about shisha smoking. My son is always smoking the stuff and I had never thought about what was really in it before,” said Halima Azam from Blackburn.
Others felt that drug and alcohol misuse was often ignored by the community.
“It’s a really good idea to have drug and alcohol advice at these events. We think this does not happen in our community, and the mosre we are aware of it the more that we can help people. It makes a change from all the food and henna stands, but i think these messages are really important,” said Aminah Raza.
Drug Service to be Inspirational
One Voice continue to tackle drugs and alcohol in Blackburn and Darwen’s BME community through the Baiter Sehat campaign, in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
One Voice are working in conjunction with CRI Inspire BwD to increase awareness of alcohol problems in the BME community in Blackburn with Darwen as well as highlighting the support available and how to access support services.
Sessions will include open conversations about substance misuse in a bid to break down barriers to treatment and reduction of stigma. INSPIRE were at the One Voice Mela in Corporation Park, Blackburn talking to guests about their services.
Mel Cowan, Asset Based Community Development Worker for Inspire at CRI said, “The event went very well and in spite of the rain and the cold, the fun and activities, including a badminton tournament, kept everyone warm. Members of the community also helped produce some artwork, which will be displayed, at one of our buildings in the coming weeks.
“Inspire, Integrated Prevention and Recovery Services formed links with One Voice and the wider community. It was a fabulous opportunity for consultation, and the message of visible recovery from our volunteers and service users was loud and clear.”