Substance misuse was identified as an issue having a negative impact on community and individual wellbeing across Dundee’s Community Regeneration Areas. In Lochee, this was identified as the main issue negatively affecting people’s wellbeing.
The Recovery Friendly Lochee initiative aims to raise awareness of wider issues surrounding substance misuse, reduce stigma faced by people in recovery and support people who are in recovery and the wider community.
The Recovery Friendly Lochee Initiative currently comprises three elements:
1. Commitment Scheme
The Recovery Friendly Lochee Commitment Scheme has been designed to recognise services and organisations that demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and values of a Recovery Friendly Lochee. The scheme does not provide formal endorsement but aims to encourage certificated services/organisations to consistently demonstrate commitment to the ethos and values of the scheme. There are two levels depending on the level of commitment that can be demonstrated.
2. Ambassador Scheme
Recovery Friendly Ambassadors will be a key advocate of Recovery Friendly Lochee and help to develop an awareness and understanding of drug and alcohol dependency amongst local people and services and encourage people to think about how they can support recovery. Ambassador roles are very flexible depending on the level of commitment each Ambassador can offer.
Every Ambassador will be allocated a mentor who will provide support and act as a key contact to provide any advice and encouragement required. Ambassador Mentors will be identified through appropriate staff from a specific selection of NHS, Dundee City Council or voluntary sector services.
3. Training Scheme
The Recovery Friendly Lochee - Substance Use, Stigma and Supporting Recovery awareness session aims to reduce stigma around substance misuse and to support people in recovery, family and friends.
This session aims to challenge the stigma associated with substance use through exploring the links between wellbeing, inequalities and addiction. The session is aimed at people who would like to develop in line with the following outcomes:
To raise awareness of why people misuse substances and the influences of health inequalities
To understand stigma and its effects
To explore how communities can support recovery
This session does not require that you have specific values, beliefs and opinions as exploring these will form part of the session. However, we do ask that you are willing to have an open mind to consider alternative view points.