New Financial Inclusion Project at CHAI

CHAI has been commissioned by Trading Standards Scotland to deliver a new ‘Financial Inclusion & Capability Service’ (FICS), aimed at promoting improved financial capacity for those who may be at particular risk of having to turn to illegal money-lenders.

The new Project works with the four Recovery Hubs in Edinburgh, focusing on income maximisation, debt management and financial education.

Our bi-monthly newsletters produced can be downloaded here:

FICS Newsletter Issue 1 July 2017.

FICS Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2017

FICS Newsletter Issue 3 – November 2017

These newsletters cover money advice issues such as budgeting, access to free banking, the cost of borrowing, the dangers of illegal lending and alternative forms of affordable credit.

You can also follow FICS on twitter:  @CHAI_FICS

Solace Recovery Cafe Grand Opening!

Last January, we held an event in connection with the Alcohol, Drugs Partnership to ask people in recovery as well as professionals, “How can we improve recovery in South West Edinburgh?”  The outcome of this was to start a Recovery Café which would be run by people in Recovery for the South West Edinburgh area.

Over the past year we have been meeting with a group of volunteers who are in recovery to set up this initiative.

With this in mind The Solace Recovery Café will open tomorrow from 10am to 3pm for Bacon rolls (up till 12 noon), toasties, Soup of the Day, Dish of the day as well as lush cakes and biscuits. The prices are very cheap and affordable for all budgets.

Grand Opening

Solace

Thursday 24th March

10am to 3pm

St Aidans Church Hall on the corner of

Gorgie Road and Chesser Avenue

For Bacon Rolls, Soup, Toasties, Dish of the Day or coffee and cake

ALL WELCOME

Every Thursday between 10am and 3pm

Sandwich and tea

Solace Recovery Cafe attains charitable status

The Solace Recovery Café became a registered charity in Scotland at the end of last month.

Now the main focus will be on acquiring funding.

It is still hoped that the café will be open mid to late February (we will keep you updated)

The Solace Recovery Café opening times will be from 11am until 2pm (with volunteers working from 10am until 3pm to set up and close up)

 

In the meantime Solace Recovery Café meetings will continue to be held at:

The Healthy Living Centre
30 Harvesters Way
Edinburgh
EH14 3JF

on Thursdays at 6pm.  Anyone in recovery is welcome to attend but if you are new to the group we would recommend that you contact us to let us know you will be attending, to allow us to make any changes regarding room size and refreshment requirements.

As always, tea coffee and biscuits will be provided

SMART Recovery

CHAI’s SMART Group

The SMART group facilitated by CHAI SMS staff is held in the friendly surroundings of the Health Agency, within The Healthy Living Centre, in Wester Hailes. Those participating can come along early & grab a hot drink at the cafe if they want or a glass of water before heading in to the group.

Our group has remained quite a small group – typically around 4 or 5 individuals. As a facilitator I really enjoy the informal but structured approach which SMART uses – CBT & REBT is so helpful addressing all sorts of challenging thoughts associated with unhelpful behaviours such as drink or drug use.

A favourite tool of mine is the decisional balance tool which helps with decision making – it allows the individual to objectively weigh up the pros & cons of the decision to be made; it promotes informed choice. One individual, who no longer attends the group, liked this tool so much he was using it regularly for all sorts of situations – from managing thoughts of using to whether or not to buy new trainers! For him it helped him resist an impulsive action by supporting him to think it through – something we can all benefit from!

To look at the tools and other articles to do with recovery & addiction go to:

http://www.smartrecovery.org.uk/resources/tool-chest/relapse-prevention

The Healthy Living Centre
30 Harvesters Way
Edinburgh
EH14 3JF

Mondays 11am – 12:30pm

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Solace Recovery Cafe update

Having had a very successful soft opening, reinforcing the need and social benefits of the Solace Recovery Café, it is now in the process of becoming a registered charity, once this procedure is completed the focus will be on finding pockets of funding to support the growth and development of the café until it is self sufficient.

It is hoped that the café will be open mid to late February (we will keep you updated)

The Solace Recovery Café opening times will be from 11am until 2pm (with volunteers working from 10am until 3pm to set up and close up)

 

In the meantime Solace Recovery Café meetings will continue to be held at:

The Healthy Living Centre
30 Harvesters Way
Edinburgh
EH14 3JF

on Thursdays at 6pm.  Anyone in recovery is welcome to attend but if you are new to the group we would recommend that you contact us to let us know you will be attending, to allow us to make any changes regarding room size and refreshment requirements.

As always, tea coffee and biscuits will be provided
 
 

Don’t be lonely this Christmas

 

Christmas Lunch with the Salvation Army

This festive period, The Salvation Army will be holding a Christmas lunch.

The lunch is open to all those who are lonely and would like company for Christmas. There will also be a Church service at 11.00am, open to anyone who would like to attend.

Lunch will be from 12.30pm to 3.00pm, with coffee which will be served from 12.00pm.

The lunch is free but booking is essential. Help with transportation can be arranged. Please contact Kathy Betteridge on 0131 346 2875 or 07769 224667.

Christmas at Crisis Skylight

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh support single people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

They are holding a Christmas event at the Southside Resource Centre at 117  Nicolson Street which people can drop-in into. The event will run on:-

Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 8.00am to 8.00pm

New Year’s Day from 12 noon to 8.00pm

For more information contact the Christmas team at ccedinburgh@crisis.org.uk

Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 16th – 22nd November this year.

So why do people drink?   It often starts out with using alcohol as a way of unwinding after a stressful week or having a few drinks whilst socialising with friends. This can easily get out of hand because whilst men are not meant to regularly drink more than 3-4 alcohol units a day, women should not drink more than 2-3 units and a lot of people don’t know what units actually mean in terms of what they drink; and therefore don’t know when they’re drinking too much! You can find out how much you are drinking by using a drinks unit calculator or on the go with a drinks tracker app or alternatively you could try using the alcohol demotivator.

Alcohol concern are keen to encourage people to talk about the health risks (alcohol facts sheet), social problems and stigmas associated with drinking.

For more information relating to alcohol use and its effects visit the Alcohol Concern website.

 

If you, a friend or family member are struggling with alcohol issues it is never too late to reach out for help.

South West Recovery Hub Drop-In

Monday - ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road -  10am-4pm
Tuesday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way - 10am-4pm
Wednesday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way -  10am-4pm
Thursday - HLC, 30 Harvesters Way -  10am-4pm
Friday - ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road -   10am-4pm

 

 

 

An excellent turnout at Solace!

The first pop up recovery café had an excellent turnout on Wednesday 4th November.  With 18 attendees resulting in a couple of new board members and plenty of great suggestions and enthusiasm for taking the café forward in the New Year.

The hope is to encourage meeting attendance with a view to holding a regular recovery café from January 2016Startup Stock Photos

The next open board meeting will be held at The Healthy Living Centre on Thursday 19th November at 6pm please come along (meet at the Green Reception) to show your support and share your ideas.

 

ORT, Recovery and Me

ORT

National Meetings List

 

Glasgow:  Tuesday 6pm-7pm

Drug Crisis Centre, 123 West Street, G5 8BA

Telephone: 0141 420 6969

Glasgow:  Wednesday  1.00-2.00pm

PARC, Church of the Nazarene, 12-15 Burgher Street, G31 4TB

Telephone: 0141 550 1044

Glasgow: Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm

SERAG Offices’, Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, G5 0PQ

Telephone 0141 429 6006

Glasgow: Thursday 1.00pm-2.00pm

CREW, Jenniburn Centre, Castlemilk, G45 0HE

Telephone: 07470372375

Glasgow:  Friday  5.00 – 6.00pm

RAFT, Adelphi Centre, 12 Commercial Road, G5 0PQ

Telephone: 0141 429 6006

Glasgow: Thursday 3.30-4.30pm

Second Chance Project, 402 Sauchiehall Street G2 3JD

Telephone: 0141 336 7272

Dundee: Tuesday 2.30-3.30pm

Children First, 47 Bunshall Street, DD1 5DF

Telephone: 07950703742 (Crèche Facilities Available)

Falkirk: Thursday 4.30pm-5.30pm

Pop Up Recovery, Dawson Centre, Davids Loan, Bainsford, FK2 7RG

Edinburgh:  Friday   3.00 – 4.00pm

Serenity Cafe Edinburgh, 8 Jackson Entry, Edinburgh, EH18 8PJ

Telephone: 0131 556 8765

West Lothian: Tuesday  4.00pm-5.00pm

Pre-Sync, 27 George Street, Bathgate.

Linlithgow: Thursday 2.00pm-3.00pm,

The LYPP Lounge, 29 The Vennel, Linlithgow, EH49 7EX

Telephone: 01506 670433

Ayr:  Friday  12.00 – 1.00pm

Ayr Baptist Church, 9 Mews Lane, KA7 1DL

UK SMART Recovery: Family & Friends

UkSmartHelp for Family & Friends affected by addictions

 

SMART Recovery Family & Friends helps those who are affected by the substance abuse, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or other addictions of a loved one.

 

The meetings are designed to help those affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviour to learn new ways of dealing with the challenges, thoughts and emotions that they experience.

 

Open Meetings – All Family & Friends Welcome

 

Time 6pm – 7:30pm 
Venue North East Recovery HubTurning Point Scotland

5 Links Place, Leith

EH6 7EZ

Tel – 0131 554 7516

Dates of Meetings Tuesday 20th OctoberTuesday 17th November

Tuesday 15th December

 

 

“I came to SMART to get help dealing with my partner’s addiction. What I got are tools that help me deal more effectively with every aspect of MY life.”

 

www.smartrecovery.org.uk/family-friends