Liber8 helps with al­co­hol and sub­stance mis­use

Rutherglen Reformer - - Spotlight on Charities -

Liber8 La­nark­shire was es­tab­lished in Oc­to­ber 2007 fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful merger of The Lo­cal Coun­cil on Al­co­hol South La­nark­shire (Es­tab­lished 2005) and Street Base (Es­tab­lished 2000). Liber8 is reg­is­tered as a lim­ited com­pany by guar­an­tee and has char­i­ta­ble sta­tus. Liber8 de­liv­ers a proac­tive and re­ac­tive ap­proach to tack­ling al­co­hol and sub­stance mis­use prob­lems.

Since 2007 we have made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact sup­port­ing vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in La­nark­shire. We have un­ri­valled knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, statu­tory and vol­un­tary sec­tor pro­vi­sion, adult ad­dic­tion ser­vices, so­cial hous­ing, chil­dren and fam­ily ser­vices. We are em­bed­ded in this com­mu­nity and have a proven track record of suc­cess­fully en­gag­ing with some of the most vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in La­nark­shire and work­ing with them to se­cure pos­i­tive out­comes.

Our mis­sion is to im­prove the health, well­be­ing and the qual­ity of peo­ple’s lives, with a par­tic­u­lar re­gard to re­duc­ing the neg­a­tive im­pact of al­co­hol and sub­stance mis­use on the in­di­vid­ual, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

There is a vi­tal role for ex­er­cise and leisure to play in im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Proac­tively re­spond­ing to this agenda pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for Liber8 to po­si­tion it­self as part of the so­lu­tion; help­ing to tackle un­healthy lifestyles, ad­dress the so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of health, of­fer cost ef­fec­tive ap­proaches, bring cre­ative so­lu­tions and en­gage com­mu­ni­ties, fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als in man­ag­ing their well­be­ing.

Liber8’s ap­proach is to pro­vide af­ford­able qual­ity ex­er­cise and fit­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­nity which is aimed at help­ing in­di­vid­u­als to live longer more healthy lives, by re­duc­ing pre­ventable deaths and the bur­den of ill-health as­so­ci­ated with smok­ing, al­co­hol & sub­stance mis­use, high blood pres­sure, obe­sity, poor diet, poor men­tal health, in­suf­fi­cient ex­er­cise. The di­ag­no­sis of a life lim­it­ing ill­ness such as can­cer, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease, Parkin­son’s dis­ease and Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease is a life chang­ing event, not only for the in­di­vid­ual but for the whole fam­ily and those clos­est to that per­son.

The Haven of­fers a pro­gramme of sup­port de­signed to help in­di­vid­u­als cope with the phys­i­cal, emo­tional and prac­ti­cal as­pects of their ill­ness and to en­able them to face the fu­ture with hope.

Sup­port is of­fered to peo­ple of all ages in­clud­ing chil­dren and to all the fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers. The sup­port is pro­vided for peo­ple at all stages of their ill­ness from the point of di­ag­no­sis on­wards and is specif­i­cally tai­lored to meet the needs of the in­di­vid­ual.

The Haven op­er­ates as a drop in cen­tre with no need for med­i­cal re­fer­ral and all ser­vices are pro­vided free of charge. The Haven team of spe­cial­ist nurses, ther­a­pists, and vol­un­teers work closely to­gether to pro­vide the high­est stan­dard of care.

For more in­for­ma­tion call The Haven on 01698 727884 or visit www.the­haven­cen­

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