A Service Users’ Forum was held on Friday 28th April.

North Yorkshire Horizons

North Yorkshire Horizons

There was a general discussion about the service provided by NYH; and Service Users present were all pleased with the service.

The new Women’s Group was discussed.  It is off to a good start; a possible alternative (and larger) venue has been identified and is being investigated.  There seems to be absolutely zero interest in forming a Men’s Group.

There was a discussion about SMART Recovery – what is currently happening and hopes for a new Group focussed on the needs of the local Polish community.  Also the possibility of a day-time SMART session was discussed.

It was noted that there will be no Café on Monday (1st May) due to Bank Holiday; Service Users said that they miss the Café when it does not happen.  The possibility of Service Users meeting, independently of NYH, on these dates was discussed.  It has been done before and could be helpful to all concerned.

Concern was expressed about people attending Café, or SMART, under the influence of a substance. The meetings need to be open to folk seeking help; but it is harmful to the group as a whole if someone is disruptive.

There was discussion, following on from last month, about the possibility of a picnic or some other outing.  Various ideas were taken away to be thought about.

A concern was raised about printed material in Black & White being uninteresting and not engaging the audience.  Everyone agreed that more colour is needed.

by DISC worker

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