Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has praised drug and alcohol services in Weymouth, for their work in helping those affected by alcohol and drugs misuse. The PCC met staff and volunteers yesterday morning at CADAS on Melcombe Avenue and EDP on Belle Vue Road.


CADAS (Community Alcohol & Drug and Advisory Service) is part of Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust and provides treatment services for clients suffering from drug and alcohol problems. It is a team made up of registered mental health nurses, social workers and a psychologist which provide pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. EDP provides support, advice, information, referral to aftercare and a drop-in service for people who have problems with drugs or alcohol. 

Martyn Underhill said: “I am delighted to see these services up and running. The outcomes that CADAS and EDP are delivering are important for people in Weymouth. I thank them for the inspirational work they do in offering people in difficulty the prospect of hope, recovery and a bright future. These inspirational projects are assisting people in their recovery journey and are helping them to move forward.”

Simon Acton, CADAS South Manager, said: "The nurses at CADAS work in collaboration with GPs in a shared care manner whereby the nurses see the client and the GP then writes prescriptions based on the two consultations. These clinics help our clients to achieve stability. We have a numerous Non-Medical Prescribers who have specialist skills to deliver treatment interventions with minimal input from GPs."

Yesterday afternoon, the PCC visited Westham Children’s Centre on Radipole Lane where he met parents and children from the Westham area, who were attending a pirates party.

Martyn Underhill said: “These services are making a real difference to many people’s lives and are helping to build a strong community spirit. I am pleased to see first hand this remarkable work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be to local families”.

Liz Rowe, Children's Services Manager at Action For Children said: "We are working towards a more integrated model which will secure better outcomes for children. We want to offer more joined up services for children that is delivered in a way that benefits the children and is both approachable and appropriate. This will ensure that children, espeically under fives, get the services they need which therefore raises their outcomes."

The Commissioner also met staff at Weymouth Police Station and closed the day with a public meeting and surgery. Councillors and residents raised their issues on speeding, car crime and street drinking. Alongside the PCCs visits, the OPCC Engagement Team hosted a stand at ASDA from 10am to 2pm. They collected over 60 responses to a crime survey.

The PCC’s tour of Weymouth is part of a rolling programme of monthly community days across Dorset where residents can talk to the PCC about his role and raise any policing or wider community safety issues.

Dates and locations of future community days will be posted on our website in due course. 

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