About SUIT - Improving the Experience of Recovering From Substance Misuse
The project is a charity based organisation that is run and host by the Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC). This puts us in a position whereby we can be completely independent to drug and alcohol treatment providers, but close enough to be able to influence and impact on the way that treatment is delivered in our city.
SUIT have been running now for over ten years, and since our humble beginnings in a corner of the WVSC building with only 2 staff members one volunteer, to 4 staff and 12 volunteers with a vast array of work that not only shows off recovering individuals talents, but also helps to educate many people and organisations about some of the dangers of substance misuse and the difficulties that people face in overcoming them.
We are commissioned to take on volunteers who are currently receiving drug/alcohol treatment, who have received treatment in the last 6 months, or those who are looking to access treatment – all this within the realms of Wolverhampton.
We primarily work with those individuals who use/d illicit substances and/or alcohol , however due the ever changing face of addiction we do have some flexibility with this, and we never refuse to offer help and advice to anyone who need help.
The team consists of a full time service user involvement officer, a full time development worker, a part time administrator, a part time project worker and 12 volunteers. All of whom bar one, have suffered from addiction.
The team work on a number of tasks and activities at any given time. The types of work (of which many can be found on this site), shows the dynamic approach our unique organisation has towards substance misuse and recovery, which has bought national and international recognition.
Example of some of SUIT work includes -:
- SUIT Manager won 2015/16 CMI Chartered Manager of The Year for Excellence
- Queens Award for Voluntary Service (MBE) recipients on 2nd June 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen
- We worked with 953 individuals in 2015/16, with Peer Supporters Delivering 3290 one to one sessions
- In 2015/16, we delivered 4266 interventions accross 63 areas of need, working in collaboration with 522 different organisations, companies and resources, to meet individual need.
- Featured in BBC Three Documenatry - Drugs Map of Britain: Wolverhampton, Getting Off Mamba (Aired 04/04/2016)
- We worked with 791 individuals in 2014/15, with Peer Supporters Delivering over 2000 one to one sessions
- We worked with 680 individuals in 2013/14, with Peer Supporters Deleivering over 1200 one to one sessions
- Each person worked with in 2012/13 cost the taxpayer just £23.12
- Gained Approved Provider Status by MBF until May 2016 (http://www.mandbf.org/quality-standard/whats-aps)
- 2012 & 2013 Finalists in National Management & Leadership Awards - (Award for Social Responsibility)
- Performance management framework adopted
- SUIT Model was Rolled Out in Another Region (April 2014)
- Joint working - 364 organisations, companies and services worked with in 2014/15
- Free Impartial Careers Advice (particulary for Substance Misuse) (See Jobs Section)
- We run a successful structured volunteer programme, of which the Scoial Value is £38,626.60 per annum
- Delivering substance misuse related training - See some photos from a recent session
- Information on working, or volunteering within the field of substance misuse
- Excellent partnership work, e.g. Integrated Offender Management (IOM), DWP, Housing etc.
- 6000 copies of a Substance magazine produced each year - Click here to access current and past editions
- Tens of thousands of text messages sent to service users, on things like upcoming activities, training, drug warnings, changes to treatment services, jobs etc.
- Over 400 service users have played football with us - SUIT 2011 Wolverhampton Wanderers Visit
- Access to ETE - (Education, Training & Employment)
- In fact SUIT made 1610 ETE and volunteering placements in 2015/16
- A successful allotment, football, fishing, boxing and cycling activities free to all service users
- All staff and volunteers are trained to give expert recovery tailored advice and guidance
- Our team have presented to well over 4000 professionals
- Various appearances within the local & national media media
- 2011 Winners of 'DDN Best Service User Film Award' - To view film for FREE click here
- Outcomes based approch
- First team to start an interactive text messaging system & drug warning system
(this has now been adopted by the National Treatment Agency and is being used regionally, and will soon be rolled out nationally). Click on the link below to see visit the site we use.
- Influencing decision making processes that affect drug/alcohol users
- Regional research projects - See SUIT Tier 4 Research Project
- Local consultation that feeds into drug treatment planning
- Seen as a model of good practice
- Supported 152 people into full time, sustained employment since February 2011
- Find us on Twitter, Facebook and other substance misuse related social media sites
………………………………….Plus much much more