Contract Awarded Announcement
Alcohol & Drugs Action awarded contract for Aberdeen City alcohol & drug services
We are delighted to announce that Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) has been awarded the contract to deliver 3rd sector drug and alcohol services for Aberdeen on behalf of Aberdeen Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership for a further three years.
This contract award will enable ADA to build on existing local knowledge, partnerships and expertise to deliver flexible, easy to access and effective services to address the diverse needs of local people to reduce alcohol and drug related harm and to provide opportunities for people and families to recover.
ACHSCP Chief Officer Judith Proctor said: “This contract award means that ADA can maintain its excellent work across Aberdeen, giving us continuity of service and partnership working which has been built up so productively over many years. The Partnership is pleased that the service will build upon its increased presence in Police Scotland’s Kittybrewster custody suite and continued presence at HMP Grampian. I also welcome the fact that the pioneering work of having support workers embedded within GP practices will continue to provide a very positive presence in the heart of our communities.”
Simon Rayner, Development Manager, Aberdeen Alcohol & Drug Partnership said: “Drug use continues to be a significant issue for many people in the city, with the long-term consequences showing in the tragically increasing numbers of older drug users dying each year. However, alcohol is actually a much greater problem, and has a bigger and more significant impact on the health and wellbeing of everybody across the city. The good news is that increasing numbers of people are getting the help they need to make positive changes and go on with their lives.”
Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive at ADA, said “we are delighted to have this funding confirmed which gives us stability to develop our services to best meet the wide range of needs we see in Aberdeen associated with alcohol and drugs. With our skilled and committed team in place, we will build on the strong partnerships we have already established within the Health & Social Care Partnership but also crucially, we will work closely with people in local communities to continue to develop innovative responses to help us address the challenges which exist around substance use in Aberdeen.”
Services provided include:
- A community-based harm reduction service for people in Aberdeen, using evidence-based interventions to address all forms of risk associated with alcohol or drug use. This includes an advice and information service, daily drop-in/duty, needle exchange and structured motivational support for individuals and families affected.
- A community-based rehabilitation service for people engaged in treatment for drug and alcohol problems. The services operate as an integral component of the Integrated Drugs Service and the Integrated Alcohol Service, delivering support to help people achieve and maintain a recovery from substance use problems.
Linda Algie, ADA Volunteer, commented: “It’s great news that the work will continue. ADA does a fantastic job, the staff are amazing, they are so helpful and will help you no matter what time you turn up. It has been a life saver to me and given me so many opportunities and helped me totally change my life. I am now a volunteer with ADA, I thoroughly enjoy my volunteering and want to keep being involved and help build an even bigger recovery community for Aberdeen.”back