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Posted on 11th February 2022

Delphi joins partnership delivering Blackburn with Darwen’s Substance Misuse Services! 

Delphi Medical will form part of a new delivery partnership delivering Blackburn with Darwen’s substance misuse services. 

Following a competitive tendering process, the new partnership aims to build on the achievements of previous and existing providers in the borough. 

As of April 2022, The Calico Group will work in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council to deliver prevention, treatment and recovery services and easy access support to young people and adults across the borough. 

Alongside Delphi, the delivery partnership will also include Calico Group company Acorn Recovery Projects. Together, they will work alongside partners Early Break, Red Rose Recovery, Community CVS, Inspire Motivate Overcome (IMO) and other community partners.

A new approach

Calico has announced an innovative partnership model called the Recovery Collaborative. It will aim to help service providers, stakeholders, service users and community groups to work together towards a sustainable recovery system for people using the service. 

The model is inclusive and flexible as it combines specialist drug and alcohol services with health, housing and criminal justice partners, alongside service users, community groups and infrastructure organisations to aim to bring transformational change to people using the service, their families and also the communities they live in. 

The Calico Group works across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and includes charities and businesses working together in health and wellbeing, housing, skills, training and development and construction across the board aiming for improvements in society and standard of living for all.

Blackburn with Darwen’s substance misuse services takes in a range of contracts, covering both young people’s services through to adulthood and criminal justice. 

The support is ‘open access’, so anyone who needs help can get it without an appointment or a referral. A team of trained staff support people who need help in a range of ways including therapeutic group work, psychosocial interventions, prescribing and clinical interventions including detox, counselling, family work and a range of recreational and wellbeing focused activities to improve social networks and reduce isolation. 

Staff can also support people who just want to reduce their alcohol use to improve health and wellbeing. 

A wide range of partners also offer additional support including housing advice, access to training, volunteering education and support to establish enterprises. The result is a service that will support people, families and communities to recover and make lasting and positive change to all age groups. 

What they said

Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The application contained some really exciting proposals and opportunities for the service and we are looking forward to building on what has already been achieved so positively in Blackburn with Darwen whilst forging these new relationships. 

Tom Woodcock Calico’s Director of Treatment and Recovery said ‘We are really excited about this opportunity to contribute to the health, wellbeing, and prosperity of communities in Blackburn with Darwen. We aim to facilitate a new collaborative approach alongside our delivery partners, and to connect people with the help and support they need to overcome addiction and establish positive and productive lifestyles. 

*This is a statutory service that must be provided as a condition of the Public Health Ring Fenced Grant Allocation under the Health and Social Care Act (2012) since 1st April 2013. 

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