IICSA Report release and support – 31st July

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse regarding Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils will publish its report on 31st July. There will be local and national media coverage. Many people in our services may be affected by this so extra support has been provided for two weeks after this date. Details here:

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Changes to Needle Exchange Provision

From 15th July, you will no longer be able to access needle exchange from Boots in Broadmarsh.
Instead, you can access needle exchange from other pharmacies or the NRN Harm Reduction Service at the old Health Shop on Broad Street, next to the Broadway Cinema.

See details and information posters here

Privacy Notice for attending meetings – GDPR

The privacy notice is available here


We need to hear your thoughts on how we can improve the types of equipment and the packs we offer in pharmacy needle exchange.
We will be running an informal drop-in session for people who inject drugs/steroids (current or historic) to give their opinions on pharmacy needle exchange in a safe, confidential and stigma-free environment.

Date: 9th January 2019 Time: 3pm-7pm (drop in)
Location: Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS), opposite House of Fraser (Victoria Centre)

See poster below for details

Needle Exchange Service User Event Jan 19


Novel Psychoactive Substances Community of Practice

The Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Community of Practice (CoP) aims to provide a forum for practitioners with an interest in NPS use and its implications for practice and local policy.

By joining the NPS CoP, you will have the opportunity to come together with local practitioners in a vibrant but informal safe space to share experiences and best practice, discuss issues with peers and gain new ideas and knowledge. The CoP will be hosted by the Practice Development Unit and sessions will be facilitated by Lee Kelly of CGL Jigsaw and Neil Brooks of Nottingham Recovery Network. We will invite people with lived experience to participate in the community and give their unique perspective.

In order to gain maximum learning it is important that you, or a colleague from your organisation, attend all sessions.

The sessions will take place at Nottingham CVS 10.00 – 12.00 on the following dates:

Tuesday 5th March; Tuesday 4th June; Tuesday 3rd September; Tuesday 3rd December

To join the CoP, please email Please note that places are restricted to a maximum of two per organisation.

Christmas and New Year service availability 2018

The annual list of opening and closing times for substance misuse, domestic and sexual violence and related  services is available now. It includes helpline numbers and activities over the christmas period.

Service Christmas Opening Times 2018

Feel free to reproduce, alter and copy as appropriate for your own needs. A WORD version is available on request. If you want to add anything to the master copy please send details to     

There are often several revisions before December 24th. The most up to date will always be available here.

International Overdose Awareness Day 31st August

As part of overdose awareness day a service user led initiative will see peer to peer overdose awareness training being delivered and Naloxone issued as well as an information and social event


OD awarenes poster 1 Naloxone training poster

Changes to The Health Shop – Information and survey – July 2018

Changes to Specialist Needle Exchange and Sexual Health Service – The Health Shop

County Lines posters available for download – April 2018

County lines gangs use children to courier drugs and money across the country.
Many of these children travel by bus or coach.
Have you seen a child, sometimes as young as 12, travelling long distances alone?

A set of posters have been released by The Home Office to raise awareness of this growing issue:

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Safeguarding Board poster

Download the poster here:  SAfeguarding adults Board poster



Christmas and New Year service availability 2017

The annual list of opening and closing times for substance misuse, domestic and sexual violence and related  services is available now.


Service Christmas Opening Times 2017


Feel free to reproduce, alter and copy as appropriate for your own needs. If you want to add anything to the master copy please send details to     

2016 Respect Survey Report is now available

The 2016 report and reports from previous years can be downloaded here

Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre Changes its Name – June 2017


“Following a successful bid to provide specialist support to survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse in the city of Nottingham we have been able to expand our range of services and what the organisation offers.

This key funding has enabled us to develop additional premises at Clarendon Chambers, which has meant that we can offer more counselling rooms and hours, increasing the number of people we can support at any given time. We are also able to support men from these premises, whilst also ensuring that women are still offered support in a women-only space. Our ISVA team are now based in the city centre, increasing our availability to survivors and our accessibility to court.

As well as opening new premises, we have continued to build on our existing service provision, and have recently welcomed a new group of fully trained volunteers onto the helpline. We also have our new website, which includes our Creating Safety Online Self-Help Programme and we now provide email support, a Mindfulness course and access to creative therapies.

This expansion inevitably led to the question ‘does the name Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis Centre accurately reflect us, or the work we now do?’ After running a survey and consultation with our service users, we discovered that some people found the name off-putting or inaccurate. Not everyone accessing the service has been raped or are in crisis; many have lived with the effects of past abuse for many years.

Using the feedback from the survey, we decided that we needed to change our name. With the support of a website and marketing company, we considered acronyms and single words like ‘hope’ but found that none of these felt inclusive to all our clients or encompassed the wide range of services now we offer.

‘Notts SVS Services’ is the name we finally agreed on, which acts as an umbrella name all our other services could position themselves under. SVS stands for ‘Sexual Violence Support’ a term which would be known to service users, through contact with us, but whose abbreviation would be more discreet on letter heads. By using the umbrella name, this has then enabled us to colour code our services so that each could have its own distinctive leaflet and brand.

We are really pleased with our new name and website, which we feel provides information about what we do and who we support, with clear signposting to immediate support where this is needed. Our new website also contains a blog, enabling us to keep you up to date with changes happening in our field, and a newsletter which we hope you sign up to”.

See the new website here:

Innovative campaign helps Nottingham residents save friends from domestic abuse – March 2017


A new campaign is being trialled in Nottingham that could help people save their friends from the harm of domestic abuse. For the first time in the City, ordinary residents will be given tools to recognise if someone close to them is experiencing abuse, and to help their friends reach expert support.

Nottingham-based charity Equation is trialling the #HelpAFriend project, using an attention-grabbing social media and print campaign, and several promotional giveaway events.  Equation hopes the campaign will raise the number of women accessing the local 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline (0808 800 0340), which receives up to 10,000 calls each year.

Chloe Cheeseman, Campaigns Coordinator at Equation, said: “Many people experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to report what is happening to professional support agencies, which means a huge number of survivors are not receiving any help.

“Their friends and family, who are ordinary people like you and me, can make a huge difference. They are very well-placed to spot the warning signs of abuse, and to help friends or family access support that can keep them safe and well.

“Equation’s innovative #HelpAFriend campaign shows what abuse can look like to a friend from the outside. By promoting the simple steps involved in responding helpfully to friends or family who are being hurt by a partner, we hope to build the tools and confidence of everyone in the local community to be an upstander against domestic abuse.”

If you are worried that your friend is being hurt by her partner, ring the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence helpline to find out how you can help: 0808 800 0340. The helpline is run by Women’s Aid Integrated Services; find out more at

You can also find out how to support a friend or family member on the equation website:

Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2016

Details of substance misuse and related services opening times, plus other helpful information for the winter period are available here:

Service Christmas Opening Times 2016


Help the development of  a new sexual violence and abuse service in Nottingham City

The Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership commissioned a new service on behalf of the Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group. The new service launched in April 2016

An advisory group has identified six groups where the service would like to develop its knowledge and understanding. The CDP and the service are committed to continuous development and co-production of the service.

The groups are:

  • Disabled people and those with learning difficulties
  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities
  • Survivors of historic and institutional and historic abuse
  • Refugees (including war rape and corrective rape
  • Men who have sex with men and use substances (CHEMSEX)
  • Survivors of rape in prison

See details of the events here


24th August 2016 – Hospital Substance Misuse Care Team is out to tender

On behalf of Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group, the Crime & Drugs Partnership is seeking bids for a Hospital Substance Misuse Care Team. The service will deliver a liaison service within Nottingham University Hospitals supporting hospital clinical staff to identify and respond appropriately to substance misusing patients on wards and in the Emergency Department (ED). The service will deliver brief and structured treatment to patients in Nottingham University Hospitals and provide a key link between the hospital and community services, assertively engage those leaving hospital into community substance misuse services.

To access the e-tendering portal:

***New Service launching 1st July 2016***

Nottingham Recovery Network

From 1st July all new drug and alcohol referrals should be directed to Nottingham Recovery Network (NRN)

NRN will deliver a complete and confidential access, advice, support, treatment and recovery service in the heart of Nottingham.

You can simply ring or drop in for advice and an assessment of your needs:

Drop into:

NEMS Platform One Practice, 79a Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham NG1 6LD. Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fris 9.30-5.30pm   Wednedsay 9.30-6.30pm

12 Broad Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 3AL. Saturday 9.30am-1pm

Phone 0115 970 9590 or 079205 86524 or 0800 066 5362

For more information or to contact them online, please go to:  or

26th January 2016 – Nottingham City Substance Misuse Services contracts awarded 

Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership have tendered a new substance misuse treatment system for Nottingham City.

The following providers were successful and new services will be operational in July 2016:

  • Integrated Adult Drug & Alcohol Treatment & Support Service – Framework Housing Association with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Double Impact
  • Specialist Needle Exchange & Sexual Health Service – Framework Housing Association with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Double Impact
  • Family Support Service – Lifeline Project with The Children’s Society



2015 Respect Survey findings

This report contains a summary of the findings from the ‘Respect for Nottingham’ survey commissioned by the Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership and conducted by Information by Design (IbyD) with fieldwork undertaken in between September and December 2015. The survey was undertaken to explore the views and opinions of local residents about their local area and the city centre in relation to aspects of anti-social behaviour (ASB), crime and community safety and the strategic partnership between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council.

Download here:

Strategic Assessment 2015/16

The aim of this Strategic Assessment is to provide Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership (CDP) and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with an assessment of current, emerging and long-term issues and threats affecting Nottingham. The assessment is refreshed annually in order to review the CDP’s priority issues for 2016/17 and to help inform the refresh of the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan.

Download here:


Commissioning decision for Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group tender process

The following services were successful as part of the Nottingham Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Joint Commissioning Group tender process and launched on 1st April 2016; Womens Aid Integrated Services ( domestic violence and abuse services), Nottinghamshire Rape Crisis ( sexual violence and abuse services) and Equation ( Prevention service). The Crime and Drugs Partnership undertook the tender process on behalf of Nottingham City Council ( including Public Health), Nottingham Clinical Commissioning Group and the Office of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

The womens refuges continue to be managed by Nottingham Community Housing Association, Metropolitan Housing Association, Womens Aid Integrated Services and Nottingham Central Womens Aid.



New Psychoactive Substances Data Collection System launched (6th January 2016)

Little is known nationally or locally about the use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (incorrectly referred to as Legal Highs). Lifeline Journey, Nottingham City’s Specialist Young People’s Substance Misuse Treatment Service are co-ordinating the collection of data to improve the city’s knowledge and subsequently the response to NPS use. If you have any information, please complete the form and return to

Bi-weekly NPS and Substance statistics


Substance Misuse Commissioning Review 2015 now available

The aim of the Substance Misuse Commissioning Review is to assess the effectiveness of treatment services commissioned by The Crime & Drugs Partnership in the context of Nottingham and its citizens. The Review aims to identify and make recommendations in response to both arising and enduring issues facing Nottingham’s in treatment population and citizens not yet accessing treatment who could benefit from some level of intervention.

Substance Misuse Commissioning Review 2015