Support Group Category: Support Groups
Established in February 2007, the service is a peer based charity based organisation that is run and host by the Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC). This puts us in a position whereby we can be completely independent to drug and alcohol treatment providers, but close enough to be able to influence and impact on the way that treatment is delivered in our city.
In addition to ensuring that our peers are able to influence, we offer a wide range of interventions based on individual need. In 2015/16, SUIT received 2.4% of the local budget allowance – with this we supported 953 of our peers on 3290 occasions, delivering 4266 interventions across 63 areas of need (mental health, bereavement, literacy & numeracy, poverty, immigration etc.). Each intervention that we delivered during 2015/16 cost the taxpayer just £30.59.
We train our staff and volunteers to the highest standards, ensuring that we are confident and competent to deliver the highest service possible – this is the least that our peers deserve. We map our work to cross sector competence frameworks (i.e. not just DANOS) that ensures individual outcomes are maximised. We draw upon resources available to meet individual need and between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, we worked in collaboration with 522 different agencies, organisations, companies and resources to support our peers. We find practical solutions to the issues faced by our peers on a daily basis.
We also offer telephone and email support to individuals, family members, general public and professionals.
We write and deliver an array of training, as well as undertake consultancy projects to support others and raise awareness of issues related not just to substance use, but wider societal determinants and factors.
Our service costs less than imprisoning one adult male in a category b prison for 12 months.
We are strategically very active and ensure participation in local, regional, national and international bodies. We are current members of various boards and groups including (but not limited to) -: All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol, Drugs and Justice and VNGOC (Vienna Non Government Organisations Committee on Drugs)
In June 2014, our volunteer programme (consisting of current and ex service users) was awarded the highest accolade available in the UK for community and voluntary organisations – The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for groups).
- Families and Carers
- Mutual Aid
- Recovery Groups
- Service User Groups