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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

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

CADAS to chair new Community Alcohol Partnership in Millom

CADAS to chair new Community Alcohol Partnership in Millom

On Monday 8 March, a new Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will launch in Millom, highlighting the risks of underage drinking and aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of local young people. We are delighted to announce that Leigh Williams, CADAS CEO, will be in the chair. CAPs are made up of partnerships between local… 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

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