Hastings has experienced unusually high rates of drug related deaths in recent years compared to the rest of England. Hastings is an area where there are multiple health inequalities. Initially, one of the five pilot areas for Project ADDER was Hastings. Seaview’s Outreach Navigators deliver a service aimed at reducing the harm to opiate and crack users, their families and the wider community caused by drug use and offending.
Project Adder is funded by the Home Office and these are the main aims:
Disrupt the organised crime networks called ‘County Lines’
Prevent drug-related deaths among opiate and crack users.
Reduce the prevalence of drug use and drug related offending
Sustained and major disruption of high-harm criminals and networks involved in middle market drug/firearms supply and importation
Seaview is commissioned to provide an outreach and engagement service to the most vulnerable and hardest to reach. Some people we engage are being exploited and experiencing several forms of abuse. Although the service targets crack and heroin users, it also provides a signposting service to drinkers and other drug users who often have other complex needs including mental health difficulties, homelessness and disabilities. In addition to the criminal justice approach of reducing drug supply locally, Seaview encourages people to engage in structured treatment while improving access to accommodation, training, employment and activities that promote wellbeing along with various delivery partners.
Seaview’s Through the Gate service works in partnership to offer support to people leaving prison from their day of release to help facilitate a smooth transition back into the community. This approach is effective in preventing the revolving door of drug use, re-offending and custodial sentences.
The Seaview Project’s Outreach Navigators work in a multi-disciplinary way with our partners Change Grow Live ‘CGL’ (specialist substance misuse treatment and support service), Brighton Oasis Project, Prison In reach and Hastings Borough Council Housing Options to ensure accessibility to treatment and wider health and social care support.
Many of Seaview’s Project ADDER service users find it difficult to attend set appointments in formal settings, so as part of our offer we have introduced a CGL clinic at Seaview once a week on a Tuesday for ADDER clients needing substance misuse clinical interventions. The clinic offers assessments, mental health nurse interventions and titration appointments, making for a more accessible service and holding the clinic in a place where individuals feel comfortable and supported. Offering a flexible approach to appointments means the service adapts to meet need, particularly for the more difficult to engage individuals, further strengthened by our Project ADDER team helping individuals attend these appointments.
Project ADDER – Seaview referral and consent form
Seaview offers a peer led innovative project that uses peer support and activities to aid and support recovery. We work with those who experience co-existing mental health and substance misuse issues, some of whom will be in recovery or may want to take their first steps onto a recovery pathway.
RADAR is growing to become countywide continuing its aim to activate and support recovery in our clients however that might look to each individual. RADAR workshops and activities are delivered with consistency and enthusiasm. The RADAR ethos is to develop in a way that is client led, listening to service users wants and needs and creating from that point.
We offer a range of interesting activities which include art, music, singing, wellbeing group, mens group, womens group, pool tournaments to name a few.
RADAR uses creativity, arts, music, personal reflection and peer support, ideas and activities to initiate our programme of recovery activities. The groups are led by employed Peer Facilitators and volunteer Peer Leaders who have themselves, family or friends; experienced the process of recovery. RADAR is an acronym for:
RADAR Workers work with individuals on a 1-1 basis and in groups, they often introduce the 5 Ways to Wellbeing in their work to help improve mental health and wellbeing.
The 5 Ways of Wellbeing are: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give. Within the team we have a RADAR Arts Worker who offers varying art activities within Seaview and by connecting with community artists to enable people to get involved with outside projects and festivals.
If you experience mental health and substance misuse issues and would like to get involved with RADAR please come into Seaview or contact us on email@example.com or phone 01424 717981 and ask for Lily. Alternatively, you can fill in the on the link below.
RADAR and Harm Reductions Referral Form
We support people to engage in meaningful and supportive activities where they can have focused time away from their drug and alcohol use. We also offer specialist harm reduction advice and information to people with drug and alcohol misuse and complex needs.
We operate a lot of our group activities to follow ‘The Five Ways to Wellbeing’, as well as working in the community, visiting clients at their temporary accommodations, building relationships and gaining insights into each individuals interests; offering activities, education and opportunities to match that particular interest. We also have a set group programme available, which will incorporate our most popular projects such as, art, singing, the wellbeing group and the gym.
If you would like to be a part of our harm reduction service, please come into Seaview and speak to Michele, otherwise you can fill in the form on the link below.
RADAR and Harm Reductions Referral Form
The aim of our service is to provide specialist harm reduction and recovery support to members of the street community with alcohol misuse, addiction and complex needs. We also work with new clients who are generally concerned about their consumption.
We can offer support for anyone who may have disengaged with a service and want to start engaging again, anyone that may be struggling to access a GP service, or anyone who may just feel a little lost in what help is available out there, we are here to help you.
We work closely with other agencies and partner services, to ensure the best possible outcomes and to make sure we can provide the most accurate information.
Alcohol Outreach Health Improvement Service Referral Form.
Seaview’s range of support services helps marginalised people with addiction problems, mental health issues, ex-and at-risk offenders and rough sleepers achieve personal growth and fulfilment.