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

Easter Holiday

CHAI will be closed for the Easter Public Holiday

Good Friday – 25th March 2016

Easter Monday – 28th March 2016

On those dates, all 3 CHAI premises will be closed for business:

CHAI,  ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road, EH11 3LE

CHAI SMS at The Healthy Living Centre, 30 Harvesters Way, EH14 3JF

CHAI at 8 Firrhill Neuk, Oxgangs, EH13 9FF

Partnership working battling to provide basic needs

EHAP advisers have been attending the Bethany Care Shelter on Tuesday nights where people are able to get a three course meal and somewhere warm to sleep for the night.

An EHAP adviser is available every Tuesday night for a chat and some housing advice until lights out at 10.45pm.

Bethany has seen demand for the service increase alarmingly over the last few years and the total number of individuals presenting this year for the duration of the service is on target to top nine hundred. In fact, this winter they have regularly had to turn people away having reached capacity. They offer those turned away sleeping bags, if available.

For more information and an example of a success story see the following article: http://www.ehap.org.uk/about-ehap/news/bethany-christian-trust—blog.aspx

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

UkSmart

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
 
 

Staff Vacancies at CHAI

Please note that applications for the positions of  Development Worker – Employability have now closed.

Applicants will shortly be notified if they are to be called to attend for interview.

 

A beacon of successful partnership working

SWOP

SWOP (South-West Edinburgh Outreach Project) is a collaborative partnership between Prospect Community Housing, CHAI, the City of Edinburgh Council’s South-West Neighbourhood Office and local support providers.

 

SWOP delivers Advice, Information and Representation on a wide range of social security benefits, income maximization, housing and debt issues to social rented sector tenants across the South West of the City – via weekly drop in and appointment sessions at local venues:

  • Monday mornings:  Clovenstone Community Centre
  • Tuesday mornings:  WHALE
  • Wednesday mornings:  Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre
  • Thursday mornings:  alternating between Wester Hailes and Oxgangs Libraries

Prospect Community Housing led a successful bid to the programme, with CHAI as a partner, and the award allowed the employment of a dedicated Welfare Rights Worker by CHAI – who have been delivering the new SWOP Project since November 2013.

In that period the project has:

  • Advised 742 individual clients
  • Dealt with 1,201 issues raised by them
  • Recorded £591,137 in income gains for these clients through the claiming of new benefits or accessing charitable trust funds.  
  • Represented, or referred on for representation to EHAP colleagues, in 118 Tribunal or Sheriff Court Cases

Demonstrating a clear need for the service and its ability to deliver.

For more information read the living well wester hailes blog

Further information on SWOP  (and how to access appointments at the local venues) can be obtained from Jim Henderson or Lorena McLaughlin at CHAI Advice Service (0131 442 1009), or Caroline Richards at Prospect CH (0131 458 5480).

You can also follow the Project’s twitter account @SWOPAdvice

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