WDADP has an ongoing programme of involving people with lived experience.  The wider community have had the opportunity to influence the WDADP Strategy and Delivery Plans in a number of ways.

Local Engagement Networks – Focus on Addictions Services, October 2018)

In October 2018 the focus of LENs (Local Engagement Networks) was Addictions and Mental Health.  Participants included service users from WDHSCP Addiction Services, DACA, Alternatives and Stepping Stones.  In addition two inspectors from the Care Inspectorate observed the session.  There were presentations by West Dunbartonshire Addictions Services and the Future Addiction Services Team (FAST) followed by discussions with service users focused on 3 questions;

  1. How do you find accessing services?
  2. What are the positives about the services?
  3. What could we do better?

Overall, service users were positive about the services they receive.  The main concerns raised were: 

  • length of time you had to wait to be seen
  • link between mental health (including life trauma) and addiction
  • need for better communication between the services, change to protocol within mental health services

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs: Community Engagement Exercise

A bespoke engagement exercise was developed to inform the development of the WDADP Strategy and Delivery Plans.  This was launched during Co-production Week Scotland (18-22 November 2019) and ran till the end of February 2020.  The process was designed in line with the National Standards for Community Engagement and evaluated using the VOiCE (Visioning Outcome in Community Engagement) Tool.  Workshops were designed to capture a depth of information from people with lived and living experience of alcohol, drug and other drug use and related harms.  A survey was used to engage with a broader range of people from the community.

The survey was made available online using Webropol and paper copies of the survey were distributed where requested.  186 people completed the survey and 25 left their details for further contact.  Local group members and survey respondents were invited to take part in the workshops.  126 people took part in 20 workshops facilitated by members of the Health Improvement Team and staff from other organisations using a standard format.  

The findings have been used in the development of the WDADP Strategy and Sub-Group Delivery Plans.