Help us to handle alcohol problems, say Bradford health campaigners

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: HELP: Back row, from left, Barry Deacon, Damian Chodyna, Faz Hafiz and Ihsan Rehman and (front, from left) Saima Perveen, Ajmal Hussain and Becky Crossley HELP: Back row, from left, Barry Deacon, Damian Chodyna, Faz Hafiz and Ihsan Rehman and (front, from left) Saima Perveen, Ajmal Hussain and Becky Crossley

An alcohol advice project is appealing for more volunteers to cope with the increasing number of people accessing its services.

The Piccadilly Project, a branch of the Lifeline charity, offers free and confidential advice, information and support for adults across the Bradford district concerned about their own or someone else’s alcohol use.

The project will hold a volunteer recruitment drive, from Monday to Friday next week to extend its community outreach programmes.

Project co-ordinator, Faz Hafiz said: “Our service has grown considerably over the last two years. We now want to expand our community services and offer more direct intervention work. We get referrals from Bradford Royal Infirmary and GP’s, but we are also seeing an increase in self-referrals.

“Awareness of what we do is spreading by word of mouth, through users having a positive experience. We are also extending our primary care services with GP’s, which is acting as a lead-in to the services we offer.”

According to public health figures from Bradford Council, up to 92,000 people across the district may be drinking at hazardous levels, with 17,000 said to be drinking at levels likely to result in physical or psychological harm.

In 2012-13, there were more than 40,000 screenings for alcohol problems within the district’s treatment systems, with 8,146 alcohol-related hospital admissions, down from 8,272 in 2011/12.

“The demand on our services is growing in line with a general increase in alcohol awareness,” said Mr Hafiz.

“People are looking at their alcohol intake and are considering the health options a lot more. There seems to be less of a stigma involved in alcohol services now. We work with a range of diverse communities across Bradford and we’re finding that if people feel as though they have an alcohol issue, they are no longer afraid to ask for help, which is a good thing.”

The new volunteers, who need to be keen and enthusiastic with a positive attitude and non-judgmental approach, are required for a variety of roles, including one-to-one support work, administration duties and help with the project’s drop-in sessions, which are regularly accessed by more than 100 people.

The recruitment week will run until Friday, February 21, at the project’s offices at Auburn House, Upper Piccadilly, Bradford, between 10am and noon. Volunteers will be expected to contribute at least four hours a week, and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

No experience is necessary as full training will be provided. For information, drop in to talk to a member of the team, or call (01274) 735775.

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

12:38pm Sat 15 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

Why not just ban Alcho Pops, Super strength beers and lagers or at least have them only available from public houses and not at off license outlets
Why not just ban Alcho Pops, Super strength beers and lagers or at least have them only available from public houses and not at off license outlets G_Firth
  • Score: -2

12:40pm Sat 15 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

For years now successive governments have increased the price of alcohol in order to tackle alcoholism. This has had a devastating effect on the pub trade. If now we are being told that the numbers of people accessing help for alcohol problems is increasing is this an indication that this policy has failed to do anything other than to further impoverish the alcoholics and leave drinkers isolated as their local pubs go to the wall? The fact of the matter is that drinkers are safer in a pub where their levels of alcohol consumption can be monitored by a landlord who's license depends on taking some responsibility. Unfortunately the damage to the pub trade has been done and we will never get these pubs back leaving those with drink problems to buy cheaper booze from supermarkets who don't care about how much they consume and will do what they can to encourage them to drink more. The really sad thing is that a much safer means of intoxication exists which has been used by many to get away from alcohol but in the wisdom of the government under pressure from the lobby groups this is illegal.
For years now successive governments have increased the price of alcohol in order to tackle alcoholism. This has had a devastating effect on the pub trade. If now we are being told that the numbers of people accessing help for alcohol problems is increasing is this an indication that this policy has failed to do anything other than to further impoverish the alcoholics and leave drinkers isolated as their local pubs go to the wall? The fact of the matter is that drinkers are safer in a pub where their levels of alcohol consumption can be monitored by a landlord who's license depends on taking some responsibility. Unfortunately the damage to the pub trade has been done and we will never get these pubs back leaving those with drink problems to buy cheaper booze from supermarkets who don't care about how much they consume and will do what they can to encourage them to drink more. The really sad thing is that a much safer means of intoxication exists which has been used by many to get away from alcohol but in the wisdom of the government under pressure from the lobby groups this is illegal. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -3

1:33pm Sat 15 Feb 14

RollandSmoke says...

Note to T&A. Get rid of this pathetic thumbs up/down system. If someone has an opinion on a comment let them post it. It would appear obvious that it is being used as a means of giving a false impression of public opinion. I realise that for many my name at the top of a comment is all they need to read in order to decide to thumb it down but this doesn't explain their reasoning and can be misleading to readers who don't understand the politics of the site, or is that the point?
Note to T&A. Get rid of this pathetic thumbs up/down system. If someone has an opinion on a comment let them post it. It would appear obvious that it is being used as a means of giving a false impression of public opinion. I realise that for many my name at the top of a comment is all they need to read in order to decide to thumb it down but this doesn't explain their reasoning and can be misleading to readers who don't understand the politics of the site, or is that the point? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -8

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree