Launch event for Medway Active Recovery Service
Medway Active Recovery Service (MARS) which provides support to people in Medway with drug and alcohol problems has partnered with Open Road to deliver a more holistic service and a range of recovery pathways with ongoing support.
Turning Point, a national social enterprise which specialises in drug and alcohol services, has delivered MARS since 2014. In April 2018 Turning Point was recommissioned by Medway Council to work in partnership with local charity Open Road, in a move to create a more joined up and seamless transition for people into recovery and the community.
Since April 2018, MARS has engaged with over 1400 people providing advice and information or supporting them into treatment and recovery services, working together with our partners to achieve positive outcomes for the community.
The community rehab programme is one of the new aspects at MARS and recovery navigation is at the centre of this. This client focused care plan focuses on substance misuse, physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, social wellbeing, education, employment, finance and criminal justice. Turning Point provides any clinical treatment for drug and alcohol problems, and Open Road facilitates and consolidates the recovery of those who are ready to transition from the treatment service, ensuring an integrated and connected pathway is simple and straightforward.
The official launch of the new partnership took place at Medway Campus, Greenwich University, Gillingham on Thursday 25th October and was attended by Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health and various representatives from the local partners and community groups including Turning Point, Open Road, Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre and Pathways to Independence.
More information about MARS is available here: http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/medway/
Swital Patel, Operations Manager at Medway Active Recovery Service, said:
“The new contract combines expertise from Turning Point and Open Road and offers Medway residents a wide range of recovery pathways to improve health and wellbeing.
“We are already seeing how this partnership is genuinely benefiting the local community in Medway by recognising that recovery, for both service users and their families, continues beyond clinical treatment and ensuring that long-term support networks across housing, training and employment are available.”
Cllr David Brake, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Public Health, said:
“This new approach will help residents receive treatment from a specialist service as well as providing long term support to fully recover from substance misuse. People who receive support from others who have had similar experiences are less likely to relapse. We are committed to ensuring that residents get the most appropriate support as quickly as possible.”
Anna Trudgian, Operations Director at Open Road, said:
“Open Road has been operating in the Medway area for the past 4 year mainly working with young people and their families affected by substance misuse. We are both delighted and excited about this new adult recovery and well being service. We have been impressed with the response by other agencies, organisations and businesses in Medway looking at how they can support this new service . We see this service at strengthening the existing treatment services and building upon service users health, training and employment opportunities. This service is co produced with service users who support by volunteering, mentoring new service users and settings up community groups in their local areas.”