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No Smoking Day 2021: It’s not too late to ‘QuitForCovid’

No Smoking Day 2021: It’s not too late to ‘QuitForCovid’

It might seem counter-intuitive, but the past year has proved to be a really good time for people to give up smoking.

Just as, at CADAS, we’ve heard from clients for whom the pandemic has been helpful in managing their substance use as well as clients for whom it has made things harder – lots of people have found that the reduced peer pressure, reduced social drinking and factors like spending more time with their children during lockdown, have made it easier to give up.

Over one million people gave up smoking between March and July 2020. Those people have been saving money ever since, at a time when so many people’s finances are precarious, and also enjoying better mental health than people in the continual cycle of addiction and withdrawal that comes with a regular smoking habit. And the physical benefits of not smoking (which puts such a huge burden on the NHS) start from the moment you smoke your last cigarette.

Our volunteer, Peter, who runs our Creative Writing group, was one of those one million people. He gave up smoking 9 months ago now. ‘My money’s going a lot further now,’ he says, ‘and I can really feel the health benefits as I go for my regular walks in Carlisle and, sometimes, in the Lake District, too.’ Peter has found having a nicotine spray handy has been a help for him – and there are lots of other aids available, too, which could help you break the habit. It’s not easy to make a big change – but it’s much easier with a little help…

If you’d like to quit smoking there are lots of resources on the NHS smokefree website:

https://www.nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking/

And you can download our own self-help guide as a PDF here:

Stop Smoking Booklet 2021

Could Wednesday 10 March 2021 be THE day for you to start your smokefree life?

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

When my social worker contacted Cadas and the Volunteer Manager got back in touch with me to talk about how I could support your work, it went a long way to restoring my self-esteem. This was one of the major effects my addiction had, a feeling that I had destroyed everything I had sought to… Continue Reading

CADAS North and West Services Manager – INTERNAL ADVERT

£30,049 annual salary pro rata Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) have an exciting vacancy for a regional Services Manager to lead our growing delivery team. We are looking for someone with excellent leadership and people management skills to maintain efficient operating systems, policies and procedures. This person should also be passionate about championing… Continue Reading

“I volunteered with CADAS many years ago, doing the volunteer training and the Black Box training, too, but when my life as a carer began to get on top of me it was CADAS that I turned to for support. I am a full-time carer for my mother, and also a busy grandmother, but it… Continue Reading

Celebrating a decade of volunteering

Celebrating a decade of volunteering

We asked Maddie Poynter, who’s been a loyal supporter of our work in Carlisle for over 10 years, to reflect on what volunteering with CADAS has meant to her. I first came to the CADAS offices in Carlisle as a volunteer client for someone else’s taped counselling session on the recovery support worker course. (This… Continue Reading

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

An evidence based practice of focusing on your experience in the present moment without judgement. Learning these techniques and using them regularly has been proven to improve our emotional resilience and ability to deal with stressful situations. We offer mindfulness in group sessions and also within some 1:1 sessions. Continue Reading

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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

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

CADAS video to promote Family & Friends service in GP surgeries

CADAS video to promote Family & Friends service in GP surgeries

CADAS has created a short video specially to be shown on screens in waiting rooms around the county. Now we’re urging GPs, dental surgeries and pharmacists to get in touch to share the information with their clients. “As surgeries open up for more face-to-face appointments, we want them to work with us to get our… Continue Reading

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"I have enjoyed my first meeting. It is a relief to talk to people who know how you are feeling and to listen to other people"
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“Really pleased with the content and structure of the course. Allowed time for much needed discussion and debate.”
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"My support from Collette and CADAS over the last few weeks has been very helpful. I really don’t know how I would have managed without the support”
- Parent, Carer and Family Support Group

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413

Adult clients intensively supported last year

2688

Members of the community and practitioners who attended training/workshops

684

Professionals trained by us last year

2925

Volunteer hours logged by 39 dedicated volunteers

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