Drug-and-alcohol service extends and relaunches

Words and photo by Dave Barry 

A drug-and-alcohol service in Scarborough has been relaunched after a refurbishment which took two years.

North Yorkshire Horizons has been extended into the basement of its hub in Castle Road.

The service now has a larger and revamped needle-exchange area, more counselling rooms for one-to-one appointments and a dedicated space for service users, including a lounge and kitchen.

At the relaunch, the new floor was declared open by Cty Cllr Caroline Dickinson, whose responsibilities cover public health, prevention and supported housing.

The relaunch featured Miss Elainey’s Boutique, a social enterprise for local women, selling high-quality second-hand clothing. It provides volunteering opportunities to develop training and employment skills.

North Yorkshire Horizons provides drug and alcohol treatment and harm reduction services for adults in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

It arranges access to inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation, psycho-social work, criminal justice interventions, group work, shared care delivery with GP practices, comprehensive packages of aftercare and community services and volunteering activity and opportunities.

An alcohol worker service intercepts alcohol users at the hospital’s A&E department, to address problematic and harmful alcohol consumption and hopefully stop people going back to A&E.

North Yorkshire Horizons is a partnership between Disc, which stands for Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community, and CGL, which stands for Change, Grow, Live.

Website: www.nyhorizons.org.uk.