Gordon Henderson MP visits Turning Point’s substance misuse service in Swale, Kent

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, recently visited Turning Point’s Out There Everywhere service in Swale to discuss drug and alcohol misuse in the area and the support on offer to people in the local community.

Mr Henderson was given a tour of the building and spoke to Turning Point peer mentors – people who once accessed the service who now use that experience to provide support to others on their journey to recovery.

Mr Henderson said: ‘It is important that more people in the local area are aware of the fantastic support being provided by Turning Point. Too often I have constituents telling me they want to address substance misuse issues but don’t know where to turn, so I’m determined to ensure more people know they can go to Turning Point if and when they feel ready.

‘I was particularly impressed by the work being done by peer mentors – using people’s personal experience is a great way to inspire others to achieve recovery. I hope the service continues to provide this kind of quality support I witnessed during my visit.’

Turning Point’s Swale Hub Manager, Aaron Cole said: ‘We really appreciate Gordon Henderson MP for visiting our service as it enabled us to highlight the work we do in the community and to better enhance awareness of the service. The visit will help to promote better working relationships and forge stronger links with other community services.’

Out There Everywhere Swale is an integrated community drug and alcohol recovery service, offering integrated support to individuals across East Kent. If you are concerned about your or someone else’s drug or alcohol misuse, call 0300 123 1186.

To find out more about the East Kent service, visit the Wellbeing Cloud.