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Getting help with gender

Getting help with gender

In March, the CADAS staff team attended a virtual training session about Gender Identity with Matt from Gender-Ed Training & Consultancy Ltd. We all learned a lot and will be using that knowledge to support clients and their friends and families in future. The course covered a basic understanding of terminology around gender diversity, an… Continue Reading

Three top prizes to be won in time for Mother’s Day

Three top prizes to be won in time for Mother’s Day

After the great success of our Valentine’s Day raffle – courtesy of our friends at Asda Kendal – we’re delighted to announce that not one, but three local businesses have offered to donate little baskets of luxury for Mother’s Day. Ellen Simmonds of Body Shop at Home, Dave Harrison of Oriflame and Hilary Stitt of… Continue Reading

New vacancy for Family Support Worker

New vacancy for Family Support Worker

We are excited to announced a full-time vacancy for a family support worker in the west of the county as part of a brand-new pilot project. The new worker will support whole families over an extended period of time (up to 6 months) when they have been referred to us because of parental substance use… Continue Reading

New service offers holistic help to families

New service offers holistic help to families

CADAS is very excited to be announcing the pilot of a brand new service for families affected by substance use in the west of the county. West Cumbria Family Support, a two-year pilot project, is believed to be the first of its kind in Cumbria. The project will operate in Allerdale and Copeland and cover… Continue Reading

Helplines on hand

Helplines on hand

There are many, many places to go for support at the moment – whether it’s about substances, finances, domestic violence or anything else… Please call or email for a longer list of Helplines for a range of issues in Cumbria, and addiction-related national helplines, if you need one but in the meantime these ones have… Continue Reading

Welcome to new manager, Emma

Welcome to new manager, Emma

We are very excited to announce the appointment of a new senior manager to run our services in the north and west of Cumbria. Emma Spedding, 37, of Carlisle, manages CADAS’s operations in areas like Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Egremont, Cleator Moor, Maryport, Wigton and Cockermouth. She has also taken countywide responsibility for CADAS’s young people’s… Continue Reading

Surprise your special somebody on Valentine’s Day

Surprise your special somebody on Valentine’s Day

Looking for something to make this year’s locked-down Valentine’s Day a little less predictable than every other lockdown day? Why not join in our Valentine Day’s raffle for a hamper of little treats with a lot of heart? Asda Kendal’s Community Champion Sandi Shadbolt has come up trumps for us once again and provided a… Continue Reading

Latest news from our Young People Service

Latest news from our Young People Service

Our latest e-newsletter from the CADAS Young People Service has just gone out, including stories on: The impact of Covid-19 on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Our current drug & alcohol support for young people, parents and teaching staff How to deliver RSE sessions with zero impact on school budgets A report on how… Continue Reading

NCS students work with us to keep young people safe

NCS students work with us to keep young people safe

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a voluntary personal and social development programme for 16 and 17 year olds. It consists of three phases: an outdoor and adventurous teambuilding residential experience; a skills development and community exploration residential experience; and a social action project. In October 2020 we partnered up with the NCS scheme in… Continue Reading

Easter Service COVID Update

Easter Service COVID Update

Happy Eastertide from CADAS. We are thrilled to announce that both our CADAS General Enquiries number and our Addiction Helpline number are up and running again now after the Easter break as follows: General Enquiries: 0300 111 4002 (Mon–Fri 10am–5pm) contact@cadas.co.uk Addiction Helpline (staffed by Recovery Coaches ready to give immediate support): 0800 2 54… Continue Reading

Young people in Cumbria vote for alcohol education

Young people in Cumbria vote for alcohol education

Young people in West Cumbria have voted to fund Community Alcohol Partnerships’ Young Health Champions (YHC) programme as part of the #CanDo project. With its grant of £4,824, Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) will work with CADAS to enable 30 disadvantaged young people in Copeland to become Young Health Champions. They will work towards a Level… Continue Reading

Our new North and West Services Manager… could it be you?

Our new North and West Services Manager… could it be you?

£30,049 annual salary pro rata We are pleased to announce that we have a new vacancy for a regional Services Manager to lead our growing delivery team in the North and West of the county. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership and people management skills to maintain efficient operating systems, policies and procedures.… Continue Reading

Building Better Confidence with BBO

Building Better Confidence with BBO

A South Lakes woman who said she used to lack confidence and would not have been able to complete an online application in the past has been able to secure a permanent part-time job, thanks to help from the Building Better Opportunities project Getting Cumbria to Work. Victoria, who has had historic mental health and… Continue Reading

Did you know about the Carlisle experiment?

Did you know about the Carlisle experiment?

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, the CADAS ‘Horrible History’ elves have looked into the boozy heritage of Cumbria, from the huge number of pubs that one graced the streets of Barrow to the Whitehaven Rum Story. For example, did you know that Carlisle munitions workers used to get so drunk that in 1916 the Government… Continue Reading

Helplines active during C19 restrictions

Helplines active during C19 restrictions

It’s amazing how much support is out there at the moment – whatever you’re struggling with from problem gambling to getting urgent medical supplies during lockdown. We’ve compiled a list of just a selection of countywide and national helplines, with their hours of operation and different ways of making contact, to share with callers to… Continue Reading

Let us deliver your RSE in 2021 and beyond – at no impact on your budget!

Let us deliver your RSE in 2021 and beyond – at no impact on your budget!

Phased in between September 2020 and May 2021, RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) is becoming a mandatory subject in the curriculum. Here’s a link to the Government Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education As a teacher you might be looking ahead and realising that you have not got anything in place yet to meet this new challenge but the… Continue Reading

Paying attention to PSHE during and after the pandemic

Paying attention to PSHE during and after the pandemic

Now more than ever, after the trauma caused by the coronavirus pandemic, schools need to concentrate on delivering high-quality Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). The Department for Education (DfE) has made it clear that PSHE is an ‘important and necessary’ part of children’s education – indeed it was to become a mandatory element of… Continue Reading

Time to review our tech – can you help?

Time to review our tech – can you help?

Getting the most out of our technology, and doing it 100% securely, has become more important than ever now that we’re all working from home at CADAS. But of course budgets are also tighter than ever, too. So we really need to be sure we’re making the right decisions to support our clients the best… Continue Reading

When can we leave the house? Latest advice for carers in lockdown

When can we leave the house? Latest advice for carers in lockdown

‘Exercise more than once the day outside the home is acceptable’ for carers caring for people with a significant health condition, according to the latest advice from Carers Support Cumbria. The consortium of the five charities who support carers across the county also points out that it is important to consider your own mental health… Continue Reading

John STILL running a marathon for CADAS this weekend

John STILL running a marathon for CADAS this weekend

Cumbrian businessman John Sherlock is not letting the postponement of April’s Manchester Marathon get in the way of his plans to raise money for a local charity. John, who is 55 and lives in Kendal, was due to compete in the marathon to raise cash for Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS). But when… Continue Reading

Online resources in uncertain times

Online resources in uncertain times

There are so many free online resources for looking after yourself during these strange times. Here are just a handful to get you started… Making sleep a priority We know that many people have been struggling to sleep during the pandemic and so we commissioned ex-CADAS youth worker and freelance yoga instructor (among other things),… Continue Reading

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