Leicester South MP visits Turning Point substance misuse service

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Jonathan Ashworth, a Labour Member of Parliament who has represented Leicester South since 2011, visited Turning Point’s substance misuse service on Friday.

The service is relatively new, having opened its doors to local residents on 1st July 2016 to provide support to people who are affected by drugs or alcohol and want support to make a change in their life. Some of the support includes one-to-one sessions, recovery groups, counselling, detoxification and rehabilitation, and harm reduction services.

Mr Ashworth recently revealed to The Guardian his own experiences of substance misuse through his father’s addiction to alcohol. This has driven his support for children of alcoholics and the work done by substance misuse services.

Reflecting on his visit, Jon Ashworth MP said: ‘It is clear from my visit that Turning Point provides joined up and integrated services to people affected by drugs or alcohol.

‘I know from my own experiences with my Dad being an alcoholic that it is important to have services readily available like those provided by Turning Point. The demand for services in Leicester and the County is evident with there being approximately 150 referrals a week.

‘I was particularly impressed with the service offered by the Peer Mentors who give their time freely to support people and help to ensure that they are not alone when making big changes in their life.’

Sarah Hancock-Smith, Senior Operations Manager at Turning Point said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Jonathan Ashworth MP to our Eldon Street offices, where he met with peer mentors as well as our Clinical Lead Dr Andy Ball. Our peer mentors offer support to service users having experienced substance misuse themselves; whilst at the same time, service users receive quality clinical support to ensure they are on the right track to recovery. Both elements of support are fundamental to successfully recovering from substance misuse.’

To find out more about the service, visit Turning Point’s Wellbeing Cloud: http://wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/leicestershire/. Alternatively, you can call the service on 0330 303 6000.