Bridging the gap

Sarah Galvani has spent much of her career promoting awareness of substance issues among social workers. She talks to David Gilliver about bringing the...

Nothing to declare

In the second part of his personal story, Mark Dempster leaves for London, takes tips from a terrorist and heads towards the ‘big time’.  It didn’t take me long...

Kaleidoscope’s – The Big Debate

Chaired by Adele Blakebrough, The Big Debate was the evening event of Kaleidoscope’s conference on women’s issues. The panel included politicians – Kirstie Williams,...

Inner Strength

Kaleidoscope’s recent conference stimulated valuable debate on how women affected by drug and alcohol issues could be better supported in the community. Sarah Orrell...

Doing what works

Katy Swaine Williams and José Aguiar discuss much-needed steps to reform women’s justice. Too many women are imprisoned unnecessarily in the UK, many on remand...

REAL

Lucy Seymour-Smith recently attended Aquarius’s service user conference as a new recruit to the alcohol charity’s team. Here she shares her first impressions of...

Nothing to declare

Over the next six issues, Mark Dempster shares his uncompromising story of drug dealing and addiction. Growing up in Glasgow, the young Mark already...

My Recovery My Choice

One year on, Jude Norton reviews the progress of an effective information campaign. In 2012 it was estimated that 95,000 people across England and Wales...

Work Fair

Mhairi Doyle spent a quarter of a century helping people with substance problems into work. She talks to David Gilliver about austerity and the new benefits...

Frontline reporting

The afternoon’s interactive session heard some inspiring accounts of what service users were doing to make their voices heard.  ‘Things are changing, and everything is...