A new one stop shop for people affected by alcohol and drugs in the south east of the city will be launched by Kenny MacAskill, MSP today, Friday 20th January 2012.
The South East Recovery Hub will provide harm reduction advice, medical treatments, counselling and other support for those on their recovery journey.
The hub brings together alcohol and drug services provided by NHS Lothian, the City of Edinburgh Council and voluntary sector agencies for people trying to cope with and overcome problems caused or affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use.
It joins up the work of the NHS, council, Castle Project, CREW 2000, Simpson House, Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA), Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL) and Discover Recovery to tackle the negative impact of alcohol and drugs in the south east of the city.
Service users will benefit from a single point of access and standardised assessment for all alcohol and drug services in the south east of the city.
Peter Gabbitas, Chair of the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said:
“Such a multi-agency partnership approach brings together a wide and diverse pool of professionals. This offers the public access a comprehensive range of services in one place, where service users can receive treatment and advice, such as detoxication and peer support at the same time.
“This new way of working also removes waiting times for appointments and makes the services much easier to access.”
Kenny MacAskill, MSP said:
“As MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, I was delighted to be invited to launch the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Hub in my constituency. The Hub offers an extensive range of services and I have no doubt that many will benefit from the valuable support on offer. I wish all involved the very best and look forward to working with the centre in the future.”
All services provided at the hub will be accessed through a drop-in that will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.
The hub will be located on Craigmillar Castle Road and is accessible from Craigmillar and Niddrie, areas that face greater challenges around alcohol and drugs.
It was developed following a three day modernisation event, commissioned by the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, engaging all service providers in the area.