Graduate Social Enterprise recognised in International Journal

Posted by pt91 at Aug 24, 2016 02:49 PM |
Positive results of addiction recovery programme highlighted

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 18 July 2016

A programme designed to address substance misuse developed by University of Leicester Graduate and social entrepreneur Jon Roberts has had its effectiveness recognised in a specialist international journal.

The Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery, published by Routledge, provides up-to-date clinical research findings for treatment providers, academics, researchers, and other health care practitioners. Professionals reference the respected journal to learn about the latest developments in addiction treatment through group work.

The published six month evaluation illustrates how Jon’s social enterprise ‘Dear Albert’ runs a peer led programme, ‘You do the MAFs’ (Mutual Aid Facilitation Service), which is able to help move people away from active addiction and move towards a life without the use of alcohol or drugs.

The findings not only provide some evidence towards the social and psychological benefits of peer led activities (mutual aid) but also highlight the benefits of developing a more structured and intensive pathway into such activities.

First in the news two years ago with the launch of Recovery documentary ‘Dear Albert’ at the International Film festival in Calgary, Jon’s organisation has since gone on to produce its own substance misuse package’s which are now gaining the interest of others in the substance misuse field.

After graduating from the Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling at the University of Leicester, Jon was supported by the University’s Career Development Service, receiving initial funding and support to start-up through the University’s Enterprise Inc2 project (part funded by the ERDF).  Jon also received support from Voluntary Action Leicester, securing support through the Leicester Recovery Partnerships Innovation Fund, and the Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE), through the ERDF funded WISE Project, to become contract ready.  Both of these organisations have worked in partnership with the University of Leicester to support business development in the City.

Dear Albert started work with the local criminal justice drugs team and is currently delivering group work via West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Most recently Dear Albert has teamed up with Turning Point, a national social enterprise, to help expand recovery into other areas.

Jon: ‘It’s great to see the work we do here is starting to be recognised elsewhere and that we are able to contribute to the evidence base. We use all kinds of proven and emerging interventions, including the Dear Albert Film, to get the message across that people can recover, and to help identify the best route for each individual. There is a growing understanding that independent peer-led facilitation into existing community assets and positive social networks really helps support a person resolve substance misuse.'

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Notes to editors

Dear Albert was founded 4 years ago by University of Leicester graduate and ex-addict Jon Roberts.  Since then the business has developed, with its peer led interventions focused on developing recovery communities.

Dear Albert now supports private and statutory clients, working in substance misuse supported housing, Criminal Justice and community settings, delivering recovery group work, one-to-one counselling, individual crisis support and treatment referrals.

Jon Roberts received recognition for his work and contribution in this field when he was awarded the ‘Leicester and Leicestershire Citizen of the year’ award 2015.

Useful Links

Journal Abstract, and link to buy the Article http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1556035X.2016.1153441

Dear Albert Impact Report

http://www.dearalbert.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/You-do-the-Mafs-Final.pdf

Dear Albert Film trailer

http://www.dearalbert.co.uk/the-film/

Dear Albert Website

http://www.dearalbert.co.uk

BBC News Report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8JIE3xu49I

Testimonials

http://www.dearalbert.co.uk/customer-feedback/

Contact details

For more information contact:

Jon Roberts: jon@dearalbertr.co.uk 07712707999

Christine Darlaston: Chrisie@dearalbert.co.uk 07856086250

Enterprise Inc

The Enterprise Inc project is part financed by the Operational European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit: www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

WISE Project
The Working in Social Enterprise (WISE) programme is delivered by the Co-operative & Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE) which operates in the City and County, the University of Leicester and Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL). WISE was established five years ago to provide support to new and existing social enterprise businesses and voluntary and community groups in Leicester. The programme also provides training and support to start a social enterprise business.  For further information please see the contact details below. The WISE project is part financed by the Operational European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit: www.communities.gov.uk/erdf

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