Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2015 09:56 GMT

Druglink, a Hertfordshire based substance misuse charity, are heading out to St. Alban’s Abbey this Friday night to take part, for the first time, in the St. Alban’s Abbey Sleepout.Armed with Bivi Bags, woolly hats and lots of good humour, staff, volunteers and supporters of Druglink will be braving the winter weather in an effort to raise funds for their housing projects.

Sonia Wilkinson, a spokesperson for the charity, stated that ‘Though they seldom shout about it, Druglink are really proud of the fantastic work that their teams do within the community.Participating in Sleepout 2015, gives us the perfect opportunity, to raise awareness about the types of service that are needed by the homeless and by those struggling to maintain tenancies within our societies.As a charity, it also allows us to showcase the many services that we provide.’Druglink are keen to promote community interaction and would welcome any engagement and/or support at Sleepout 2015.Sleepout 2015 is a sponsored Sleepout taking place on Friday 4th December at St. Albans Abbey, in aid of 11 local charities connected to homelessness. Last year the Sleepout attracted around 400 participants, who each slept out under the stars and between them, raised a fantastic total of £58,266.26 for their chosen charities. Please help Druglink to make this event even more memorable, by joining or supporting us on the night.Whether you’d like to participate as an individual, as part of a community group or as a business – your support, in whatever form it takes, is highly valued.

For more information, about sleeping out on behalf of Druglink at St. Alban’s Abbey Sleepout 2015, please visit http://druglink.co.uk/pages/St_Albans_Abbey_Sleepout_2015 and download your sponsorship pack.Alternatively, please contact Lorraine or Sonia at Druglink for more information on Tel: 01923 260 733.

Druglink, are a charity who were set up in 1984. Druglink provide a number of specialist substance misuse services. These are targeted at three main areas: Prevention, Recovery and Reintegration. With these objectives, Druglink take an active role in education and currently run scheduled and bespoke training courses both locally and nationally. In addition to our programme of substance misuse training held at schools, colleges, universities and businesses, we also facilitate community training sessions in partnership with UK Police Forces. Druglink view education as the key to prevention. For those who have already been affected by substance misuse, whether their own or a family members’, we also run a number of projects aimed at easing and supporting recovery. These currently consist of: Oxygen, a person-centred, 9 bed, detox and rehabilitation unit in Hemel Hempstead; Clarendon Link, a drug support drop in facility, offering a range of practical support and advice services (which include a needle exchange; access to shower and laundry facilities, basic food provision, access to complementary therapies, relapse prevention); Focus, a counselling service, specialising in addiction, based in Berkhamsted; Supporting Herts, a housing-related support service that aims to connect service users with the most appropriate community resources, helping to achieve stable housing and retain tenancies; and Outreach, a one-to-one service, providing individualised recovery support to people progressing towards harm minimisation and reduction or those who are abstaining from substances. Druglink view personalised support as the key to recovery. Once in recovery, it’s essential for individuals to develop the skills and confidence needed to enable them to re-enter society. Druglink run Coffee Ethic, a social enterprise, which in partnership with a number of local councils, provides ex-users with a route into sustainable work. Coffee Ethic offers volunteers the ability to gain invaluable work experience and recognised / certificated training opportunities. Druglink view community engagement as key to reintegration.

Druglink’s objective is to have a significant and positive impact on the lives of those misusing substances (drugs and alcohol), their families and the wider communities in which they live. Druglink do this by providing a diverse range of both proactive and reactive services depending on service-user needs.