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You bet there’s help for gamblers…  and for those whose lives they wager

You bet there’s help for gamblers… and for those whose lives they wager

What’s an odds-on safe bet to say about gambling? That it makes rich bookies richer, and poor punters poorer? Definitely. That it makes victims of partners, family, friends, and colleagues? Definitely. That effective, confidential help is freely available to gamblers and their victims? Definitely again. CADAS volunteer Steve Russell discovers some of the many agencies… Continue Reading

Volunteer spotlight – introducing Daz…

Volunteer spotlight – introducing Daz…

As well as helping CADAS to advise and support people going through difficult times, our volunteers say that they enjoy being part of a vibrant and supportive team. As well as this, they have the opportunity to participate in training, learn new skills and gain work experience. Our volunteer Daz first came to CADAS as… Continue Reading

Local business owner helps raise funds for CADAS

Local business owner helps raise funds for CADAS

We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Josh Ducie, Director of Blueline Medical Service, who has kindly placed 14 collection tins in shops in Kendal. This makes it easy for people to donate a small amount to us while they are shopping. All money raised is used to support people displaying addictive… Continue Reading

CADAS launches support service to local businesses

CADAS launches support service to local businesses

Did you know that over 50% of our clients are in employment? To provide further support to these clients, and develop a new income stream, CADAS has launched a Business Wellbeing service. There are two elements to this project: training and consultancy and recovery. CADAS can provide training to companies, such as Drug and Alcohol… Continue Reading

How do we use your donations?

How do we use your donations?

This is a question that is asked a lot to charities. Did you know that we need to bring approximately £10,000 per week to continue operating? We currently operate out of our four centres in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington and Barrow, as well as other local hubs, such as GP surgeries and libraries. This approach helps… Continue Reading

Marathon challenge for CADAS volunteer

Marathon challenge for CADAS volunteer

Our Volunteer recovery coach Adelle Ferrie is to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for CADAS. Adelle is campaigning to break the stigma associated with addictions and wants to raise awareness of the struggles people face. The Edinburgh Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 29th May 2022. The grueling 26.2 mile… Continue Reading

New Exciting Job Roles Available at CADAS

New Exciting Job Roles Available at CADAS

Marketing and Communications Coordinator £9781 actual / 15 hours per week Fundraising Coordinator £9781 actual / 15 hours per week   Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) have two new exciting vacancies to lead the development and delivery of our Marketing and Communication strategy and to grow our Fundraising. The Marketing and Communications Coordinator… Continue Reading

New campaign aims to prevent adults buying alcohol on behalf of children

New campaign aims to prevent adults buying alcohol on behalf of children

During Alcohol Awareness Week from November 15-21, Millom Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) is launching a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of ‘proxy sales’, where adults buy alcohol for under-18s. The CAP is a partnership of local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to prevent alcohol-related harm to young… Continue Reading

Lend an ear to help our Helpline

Lend an ear to help our Helpline

More good listeners are needed to help run the CADAS Addiction Helpline and also to help facilitate new support groups across the county in the New Year. The Helpline, set up for the first time when the pandemic hit, is often the crucial first port of call for anyone in the county struggling with substance… Continue Reading

CADAS has a new service partner

CADAS has a new service partner

The addiction help service provided by long-time CADAS partner Unity has a new name: Recovery Steps Cumbria. The service is now being delivered jointly by Humankind and The Well, who took over from Unity on  October 1st, 2021. CADAS volunteer Steve Russell explains: “Each new provider has many years’ experience of delivering clinical drug and… Continue Reading

Tackling ‘County Lines’

Tackling ‘County Lines’

You have probably heard the term ‘County Lines’ and seen it on the news or in the soaps on TV. But what does this mean? The National Crime Agency define ‘County Lines’ as: ‘the transportation of illegal drugs from one area to another, often across police and local authority boundaries (although not exclusively), usually by… Continue Reading

Alcohol and Drug Deaths ‘highest since 1993’

The number of alcohol and drug-related deaths recorded in England and Wales in 2020 was the highest since records began in 1993 the Office for National Statistics reports. Coroners recorded 4561 deaths attributed to drugs and 7423 to alcohol. The ONS said some of these deaths would have occurred in 2019, but were not reported… Continue Reading

Community Alcohol Partnerships help reduce underage drinking

Community Alcohol Partnerships help reduce underage drinking

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that involve a multiagency approach to reduce alcohol related harm to young people, improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing and enhance their communities. There are a number of CAPs in Cumbria, including in Barrow, Longtown, Millom, Egremont and Maryport and CADAS are involved… Continue Reading

‘Parents make up 50% of people starting treatment each year’

‘Parents make up 50% of people starting treatment each year’

There are nearly 1100 alcohol dependent adults and 900 adults with opiate dependency living with children in Cumbria (Public Health England, 2020). This means that in an average secondary school, approximately 40 pupils are living with at least one parent displaying harmful alcohol or substance use and nine pupils experience domestic abuse and live with… Continue Reading

Carlisle United Apprentices score highly in their Social Action Project

  In April 2021 our Young People worker for North Cumbria, Jen Marrs, worked with nine young people aged between 16 and 18 who are completing their apprenticeships with Carlisle United Football Club. The young people participated in five awareness sessions focusing on issues they felt they needed more information about, including drug and alcohol… Continue Reading

Volunteer Opportunities available at CADAS

Volunteer Opportunities available at CADAS

We Need You!! We have so many exciting opportunities now available for you to become part of the CADAS volunteer team. We are hugely reliant on the generosity of our local community to help drive CADAS forward, and we value each and every one of our incredible volunteers. Do you want to be part of… Continue Reading

Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

Harmful drug and alcohol use in Cumbria is ‘concerning’

A recent report by Cumbria County Council reveals some shocking statistics relating to harmful drug and alcohol use across the county. The Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Cumbria: Health Needs Assessment has found that whilst alcohol consumption in the county is higher than the national average, only 19% of people with alcohol dependency are receiving… Continue Reading

Doctors warn against cuts to youth drug and alcohol treatment

Doctors warn against cuts to youth drug and alcohol treatment

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has expressed serious concerns about the reduced funding available to help young people who are using alcohol and substances in a harmful manner, saying that large numbers of people are not able to access the support they need. Dr Emily Finch, a psychiatrist who specialises in helping patients displaying addictive… Continue Reading

Could you be our new South Services Manager?

Could you be our new South Services Manager?

Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) have an exciting vacancy for a regional Services Manager to lead our delivery team across the south of the county. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership and people management skills to maintain efficient operating systems, policies and procedures. This person should be passionate about championing the… Continue Reading

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