Turning Point's Didcot service a valuable addition to communities across South Oxfordshire

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council, Turning Point took on the contract for substance misuse treatment in April. The services on offer are designed to support people affected by drug and alcohol misuse who are looking to recover.

The hub, located on Station Road, is open five days a week. A daily programme offers a range of group work sessions, one-to-one counselling and medical support from professionals such as nurses specialising in blood-borne viruses.

Service users can access activities such as boxing, a football team and a very popular peer mentor scheme. The staff also provide a service to the towns of Abingdon and Henley, with a drop-in service currently running half a day per week in each.

Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles said: 'Drugs and alcohol can pose a severe problem to people from all walks of life and the effects of an addiction can be far reaching, both in terms of their own health and the health and wellbeing of their family and friends. It is vital to have a service which can provide the necessary treatment and support to those who want to make changes, and it is very positive news from the Didcot hub so far.”

Didcot Hub Manager, Turning Point's Kerry Raymond said: 'We are now averaging around 15 referrals to us each week and have around 360 clients engaged with us. I think this shows there is a real need for a service here in the south of the county and it has been fantastic to see clients respond to the way we work by reducing or detoxing or, in four cases, going into rehab.

'We have also had tremendous support from our partners such as local GP practices, Thames Valley Police and the social care teams at Oxfordshire County Council. Working together is key when trying to make a difference to the lives of people who are often struggling or quite chaotic, so this is very positive.'

One woman who has recently started attending the hub said she has waited years for help like that which is on offer: 'I’ve been to some therapy groups which are really heavy and where it just feels like all people do is talk about their problems. Here, the facilitators are great at helping us to look at coping strategies so it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.'