Roving Recovery Vehicle is a World Cup Success

News item posted: 19 June 2017

On Saturday 14 June staff from the Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service went out into Salisbury town centre to promote safer drinking.

For 3 hours before kick off (8-11pm) in England's first World Cup Group game the service took the Roving Recovery Vehicle (RRV) to a prime position on Fisherton Street in order to engage as many members of the public as possible on a predictably busy night in the town.

The Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service is an integrated drug and alcohol service providing a range of interventions across the county of Wiltshire. The service works with anyone over 18 who is concerned about their drug and/or alcohol use. This 'World Cup' event was a Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership initiative, organised and delivered under the 'Purple Flag' scheme in partnership with a number of key partners including Community Safety Partnership, the Police, St Johns Ambulance, Street Pastors and Pub Watch.

Roving Recovery Vehicles enable services to provide support in the community as well as providing outreach to rural or hard to reach populations. The RRV is able to provide needle exchange and harm minimisation advice, assessment and referrals as well as general advice and information.

From their RRV the Turning Point team spoke to a total of 260 people, giving out business cards, unit and calorie counting wheels and key rings with service details. Business cards were also given to the Street Pastors and Military police working in the area whilst 200 'spikies', which can be used to protect drinks, were handed out to reduce the chance of an individual's drink being spiked.

Natalie Travis, Operations Manager for The Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service said;

"In anticipation of the increased alcohol consumption that is likely to be seen during the World Cup we wanted to promote safer consumption of alcohol as well as promoting the Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service and partnership services including those relating to domestic abuse."

"Working in partnership with a number of local agencies and using the Roving Recovery Vehicle the initiative achieved a high level of public engagement, raising the profile of the service amongst both the local population and partners."