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Dean Gilpin, a service user at our Scarborough hub recently won a Christmas hamper full of goodies. Dean was one of over 30 Scarborough clients who had pledged to make a change to their drinking habits. He won the hamper after his pledge was randomly picked out of a hat. Dean said: “I’m very thankful […]

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A drive to hand out Naloxone kits to our service users was carried out during the Christmas holidays. Rachel Demoraes, Harm Reduction and Criminal Justice Coordinator, sent the appeal to current service users. She said: “We wanted any service users who may be have been at risk of an overdose or that knew someone who […]

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A Space to Relax

Groupworker Kerry Bass is setting up a therapeutic space within the Northalleron Hub where people can come and learn how to relax. As a qualified Occupational Therapist, Kerry will be using her own research (recently published in the national publication OT News) to inform how this space will look and feel. She said: “We are […]

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Beat the winter blues

We have compiled a range of posters to help those who suffer from the winter blues. The winter months can be a difficult time. Lack of sunlight and a disruption to the body’s natural rhythms can leave people feeling down, sluggish and even anxious. These feelings have been recognised by the medical community and they […]

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A new campaign offering advice to vulnerable people and party goers to “Keep calm at Christmas”, has been launched. Throughout December, North Yorkshire Horizons campaign messages will be shared in social media and posters. Handouts will be given to current clients with local and national emergency contact numbers for additional support. Among the campaign’s Top […]

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North Yorkshire Horizons are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange. It is part of a campaign led by North Yorkshire Horizons during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking. […]

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Taking time to talk

A men’s support group has launched at the Scarborough hub. Recovery Coordinator, John Lawless, who set it up, says: “Having had the personal experience of attending a male support group for my own well being, I realised how much this sort of group is needed for males.” There was a positive response from men who […]

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Talks and tributes for overdose awareness day Service users across the five hubs of North Yorkshire Horizons were able to get information on how to spot an overdose and save a life. Talks, displays and even quizzes were set up as part of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD). The event also commemorates those who have […]

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Saving a friend with Naloxone

A service user in Selby used a naloxone kit given by Horizons staff to save his friend’s life. The naloxone was administered before an ambulance arrived. Paramedics told the people there, their overdosing friend would have died if not for the intervention. The client had told our worker: “I am so pleased that we have […]

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That first call to us is vital. Mick Henshaw is in the award-winning team that answers your calls to Horizons. On average, 23,000 a year. Here, he speaks about being that voice on the end of the line. “The single point of contact is very important. That initial call can be vital to get people […]

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