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We are pleased to announce that after 18 months of hard work and dedication by the staff at Nedac we have secured a National Lottery award from the Big Lottery Fund. Nedac's Complex and Multiple Needs team will provide a service to the generally older group of clients with entrenched substance misus and mental health issues who are unable to engage with mainstream treatment services due to current models of service provision. This group is predominately those that are isolated, not engaging with treatment services, often suffering from anxiety and depression or with severe and enduring mental health conditions accompanied by deteriorating physical health and living in the most deprived areas. This is the profile of the highest percentage of drug related deaths.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: "I am delighted that Nedac has been successful in securing National Lottery funding. The award will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the Complex and Multiple Needs Team every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community."

The service will support clients in a holistic way, to motivate them to stabilise, reduce or cease their substance use to enable individuals to reach the point where they are able to engage effectively with mainstream treatment, mental health and recovery services. This will enable them rebuild appropriate relationships with family and friends and link them into their local community services.

The project will be evaluated over the 3 year period with the aim that commissioners of services will recognise the social and economic value of the service, to prompt a shift in investment from current models which prioritise those clients who are easier to engage.

Initial Referral

We will work with the most difficult and vulnerable individuals who are often referred to as non compliant, difficult, not motivated to change and serial non attenders or are frequent attenders at hospital, who have complex mental health and substance misuse needs with multiple vulnerabilities, who are unable to access services in the traditional way.

These are predominately older drug and alcohol users who are isolated, not engaging with treatment and support services, often suffering from anxiety and depression or with severe and enduring mental health conditions, accompanied by deteriorating physical health and living in the most deprived areas.

The service will deliver a holistic, bespoke, client led intervention, and will work with them to the point that they can access and remain engaged with services, this is a behavioural change service, providing individuals with motivation, coping strategies, knowledge and information to allow them to make informed choices about treatment, their behaviours and what aspects they want to and need to change.

We support people to make positive changes in their lives, enabling them to set and then reach meaningful and achievable goals to ensure that they feel empowered and able to reconnect with society, gain new skills, plan for the future and start in their recovery journey by reducing isolation and loneliness, improving physical and mental health and rebuilding social networks.

Referral into the service will initially be through the criteria and a referral form that follows the criteria.

Please download and complete the form with as much information as possible and return referral through our account to ensure confidentiality.

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65+, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64
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This record was last modified on: 19 January 2018