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SPIN

Supporting Parents in Need is a group which looks at ways of managing challenging behaviour, identify- ing parenting skills and looking at ways of communicating more effectively with young people. There is lots of open discussion during the sessions and parents get the chance to talk to other parents and carers in the same situations as them. The group is run by Alma Canas and Della Healey. Alma and Della are available to visit you at home or at an arranged venue before you attend SPIN for the first time so you can get to know them before meeting everyone at the group.

SPIN meets on Mondays (but not during the school holidays) from 11:00am to 1:00pm and is based at The Basement Aftercare Project, Eccles Town Hall, Irwell Place, Eccles. To find out more about SPIN please call Della Healey on 0161 607 1900 or Alma Canas on 0161 743 0167,

SMART

SMART is a specialist drug and alcohol service for young people under 19 years of age who live in Salford. SMART works with young people who are having problems with drugs and alcohol and need some help. The service offers support, advice and a variety of treatment options for drug and alcohol use. SMART also employs a dedicated parent and carers worker.

If you would like to talk to someone at SMART you can call them on 0161 743 0167 between 9:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Information and advice outside these times is available from the National Drugs Helpline on 0800 77 66 00 or you can text the SMART texting service on 07971 013393.

Lifeline

In 1971 the Lifeline Project opened a daycentre for drug users in Manchester. Since its foundation Lifeline has grown and developed, and now works all over the UK. They aim to relieve poverty, sickness and distress in people affected by drugs and to educate the people about drug misuse. You can contact Lifeline for advice and support on 0161 834 7160.

Connexions

Connexions is the government's support service for all 13-19 year olds. It aims to provide advice, support and guidance across a range of issues. Connexions brings together all the services and support that young people might need, like:

  • Practical help on courses, education and careers

  • Activities such as sport, arts or volunteering

  • Advice and support on drugs, sexual health and homelessness

You can find out more about the support on offer by visiting www.connexions-direct.com. For young people who need individual support there are personal advisers at local Connexions’ branches who will work with young people on a one to one basis from various locations such as schools, colleges, drop-in and community centres. To get in touch with Connexions call 0845 67 13 2 19 or ring your local branch:

Salford - 0161 743 0163 Eccles -0161 788 7057

Worsley - 0161 975 7460 Swinton - 0161 912 8900

Irlam - 0161 775 3800 email: info@betterchoices.co.uk

Salford Women s Aid

If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse and get advice about what to do next please call 0161 736 0737/0800 and talk to someone in confidence. Or you can call the Free phone 24 Hour National Domestic violence Helpline on 0808 200 247 or email helpline@womensaid.org.uk. Staff will respond individually to emails within 3 working days. In an emergency please call 999.

FRANK

For free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day talk to FRANK. If you're deaf you can Textphone FRANK on 0800 917 8765 or email frank@talktofrank.com. Calls from landlines are free and won't show up on the phone bill. Calls from a mobile vary in cost depending on which network you're on and might show up on the bill.

This newsletter is also available in a range of languages, large print, audio, electronic and braille formats. For any of these please contact Charlotte on 0161 922 8759

Your feedback

Supporting People Forum

26 July 06 - Buile Hill Park

If you are wondering why you haven’t received the Summer edition of The Voice, it’s because it has been replaced by this special newsletter about the Forum we held in July. The Voice will be back in Autumn. If you have never heard of The Voice and would like to be added to our mailing list please contact Jane on:

0161 922 8759

On Wednesday 26 July, Salford Supporting People Team held a consultation event for the people who use support services in Salford. The event was a chance to meet some of

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Supporting People Team, other people using services independent organisations who provide services in Sal-

ford.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who gave up their time to attend the event, we really appreciate your involvement. It was really good to see representatives for different kinds of services because it gave everyone the chance to have their say.

More than 70 people participated in the event and the feedback and suggestions put forward have really got the team thinking about how we can improve services and make information more accessible.

Big Thanks to SASH

How useful did you find the event?

Thank you to the residents of SASH (see photo above) who attended the forum and wrote this feedback for the newsletter….

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To find out more or to let us know you will be coming, please ring Jane on 0161 922 8796 or email her: jane.medd@salford.gov.uk

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