We have some exciting news! We have launched our second Harm Reduction drop-in service every Wednesday, 11am – 2pm in the Caring Hands in the Vale centre in Evesham.

The Harm Reduction service offers clean works, Naloxone provision and training, BBV testing and a safe space for anyone to talk about alcohol and substance use, whether they are homeless or not.

Jenny Pengelly, Harm Reduction Worker at Maggs Day Centre, explains: “I am delighted to announce that we’re offering a weekly drop-in at the Caring Hands in Evesham. This allows us to offer service users a safe place to utilise the harm reduction services, but even if it’s just a safe place to come for a simple chat, this can make all the difference. 

The team at Caring Hands in the Vale have always been so supportive of Maggs and what we do. As two neighbouring organisations, we’re usually both helping those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or just need a friendly face for a chat, and together we can strengthen our support by offer a wider range of solutions to help those in need to take the next step.”

The Harm Reduction team partners with homelessness, health providers, and other relevant agencies across the county to engage people with services to address substance misuse and any health-related issue associated with substance dependency.

The team goes anywhere throughout the county to a person experiencing homelessness needing support, and works collaboratively to break down barriers to develop innovative and robust pathways to engage people and support our service users to adopt safer practices and reduce harm.

Diane Bennett at Caring Hands in the Vale, confirms, “We’re really excited to welcome the Maggs team to our centre every week. This widens our support network that we already offer in our health room and we’re really keen to ensure that Caring Hands help as many people as we can, especially during such difficult times.”

“We have no doubt that the team will do great things in building trust and engagement with people to help with address substance misuse and any health-related issue associated with substances and we look forward to seeing their positive impact.”

If you would like to find out more about Harm Reduction or access their services, please visit their webpage or contact us info@maggsdaycentre.co.uk.