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SLWR Drug and Alcohol Forum 

The SLWR D&A Forum was re-established after a period of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Terms of Reference was agreed in March 2023 with SLCVO taking the lead on the Forum. On 18th July, SLCVO hosted an insightful workshop in Kyleakin, which saw the participation of 27 individuals representing 12 third sector groups, 11 public sector teams, and 1 strategic partnership.

The outcomes of the workshop were highly productive, fostering connections between third sector groups and public sector services. Moreover, a mapping exercise helped in identifying additional services, toolkits, and support providers. A better understanding of local issues emerged, along with a shared acknowledgment of the necessity for more evidence to establish new projects and services. Conclusively, workshop participants reached a consensus to submit an expression of interest to the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Local Improvement Fund, which was successful with Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust obtaining funding to lead on a Community Champion Drug and Alcohol harm reduction project (February 2024)

Purpose of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Drug and Alcohol Forum

To achieve improved outcomes for individuals, families and communities by preventing and reducing drug and alcohol related harm by:

  • Sharing knowledge, data and information to better understand the local needs relating to drug and alcohol prevention, recovery and the demand on local services.

  • Sharing Information regarding local, regional and national activity including training, service provision and events

  • Highlighting good practice and learning from the Forum to a wider audience.

  • Facilitating training and collaborative working.

Membership

Membership consists of representation from third sector groups, the public and private sector and community members who want to support the objectives of the Forum.

Working Methods

  • The forum will adopt a shared learning approach.

  • Forum meetings will be held online every two months.

  • The position of Forum Chair and administration support will be reviewed annually.

    • March 2023 to March 2024

      • The position of Chair will be held by Jo Ford, Chief Officer of Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations  

      • Administration support will be provided by SLCVO

  • Forum members may wish to invite individuals to contribute to agenda items.

  • Forum Chair will act as a communication channel between the Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Forum

  • There may be occasion to convene sub-groups to progress particular work-streams. Sub-group meeting will be held as required.

Meeting Notes

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Notes and Actions 31 January 2024

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Notes and Actions 19 September 2023

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Notes and Actions 25 July 2023

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Notes and Action Plan 13 June 2023

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Notes and actions from 28 March 2023

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Agenda and Supporting notes for 28th March 2023

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR Terms of Reference 

Drug & Alcohol Forum SLWR - Supporting notes for the S&L Collaboration Workshop 18 July 2023

If you would like to take part in a Forum meeting please email jo.ford@slcvo.org.uk

SLWR Drug and Alcohol Forum Directory of Resources and Services 

This directory is for the use of third sector groups, service providers and key workers. It includes information on organisations ​

providing direct support, reporting criminal and antisocial behaviour, and resources and training. 

NOTE this is a draft document 

​Highland Alcohol and Drug Partnership 

​Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (HADP) is the multi-agency strategic partnership  responsible for setting the overarching alcohol and drugs strategy and action plan for Highland.

https://www.highland-adp.org.uk/

The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Newsletter is produced regularly to share information on the latest news, upcoming events and training.

Get past copies and subscribe here 

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​The Scottish Government are committed to preventing and reducing alcohol and drugs harm in Scotland, and also to ensuring high quality, effective interventions, treatment and support services are available when required.  You can find information about Policy and actions here  

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