Scottish Drugs Forum Report – Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: Addressing the needs of an ageing population

On the 26th June, Scottish Drugs Forum launched the final report of an expert group on the challenges Scotland faces in responding to the needs of some of its most vulnerable citizens – the growing population of older people who have drug problems.

The report, entitled ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: Addressing the Needs of an Ageing Population’ looks at the needs of people with drug problems who are 35 years and over and highlights the increasing number in their 50s and 60s.

Older people with drug problems face significant health issues including the effects of premature ageing and the complex causes and results of their drug use.

The Expert Working Group on Older People with a Drug Problem has spent over two years looking at evidence, commissioning research and hearing from testimony from experts including older drug users themselves.

The report’s key findings include:
• That older people with drug problems will increasingly become the norm within services and services need to adapt to better meet the needs of this population – both specialist and non- specialist
• This group have a range of complex needs, including being very isolated and experience significant underlying physical and mental health problems
• They are not engaging well with existing services and tend to drop out of services on a regular basis
• This group is at high risk of fatal overdose and dying of other causes if they are not retained in care
• There is significant and increasing cost to the health service.

Scottish Drugs Forum have also published a companion report, which informed the Expert Working Group on Older People with a Drug Problem’s report which is entitled ‘Older People with Drug Problems in Scotland: A Mixed Methods Study Exploring Health and Social Support Needs’

The report has already attracted some media attention and will feature on BBC Scotland news programmes, including this evening’s Reporting Scotland (available subsequently on i-Player).

SDF will continue to work on this issue and asks other stakeholders including SDF members to work with us to improve Scotland’s response to problem drug use amongst this vulnerable group.

Evaluation Support Scotland resource to download

Charting the waters is a resource from the third sector for the third sector and is now available to download on the Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) website.

Open Learn – free Open University short courses

Want to learn more about the voluntary sector in just 3 hours (or less) a week for 8 weeks?

Then take a look at these short, free online courses.

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-management/introducing-the-voluntary-sector/content-section-overview

http://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-business/working-the-voluntary-sector/content-section-overview

 

OSCR publishes guide to reserve policy for small and medium sized charities

This factsheet is aimed at charity trustees of small to medium sized charities looking to produce or update a reserves policy. It explains:

What is meant by the term reserves.

The charity trustee’s responsibility to consider whether their charity needs reserves.

Key points to consider when developing a reserves policy. 

Having a reserves policy is not a legal requirement but it can help you to meet your legal requirements and fulfil your charity trustee duties.

 

This factsheet is aimed at charity trustees of small to medium sized charities looking to produce or update a reserves policy. It explains:

·         What is meant by the term reserves.

·         The charity trustee’s responsibility to consider whether their charity needs reserves.

·         Key points to consider when developing a reserves policy.

Having a reserves policy is not a legal requirement but it can help you to meet your legal requirements and fulfil your charity trustee duties.

M&S Community Energy Fund

Funding is available to enable communities in Great Britain to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable
 
The Community Energy Fund Competition is open to applications for 2017.
 
M&S Energy, which is owned by the retailer Marks & Spencer, is providing a total funding pot of £300,000 for 2017.
 
The Fund aims to enable more communities to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.
 
Not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain can apply for funding for renewable energy projects that can demonstrate they have the support of their local community. Grants can be used for all capital costs relating to the installation of the specified technology.
Shortlisted applicants will need to organise support from their community to vote for their campaign on the competition website.
 
The deadline for applications is 23 June 2017.
 
For full information please visit thier website here

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