HMP Dovegate NPS Learning
NPS is a major concern in our prison. The Substance Misuse team at Dovegate took action and organised a learning opportunity for prisoners to attend aimed at raising awareness of the issue. The team invited Voices and Expert Citizens C.I.C. to contribute to the event held in June this year.
Over 50 individuals attended and listened to Expert Citizen, Lee Dale about his experiences with NPS and how you can overcome it. Lee also shared his experiences of being a Peer Mentor, supporting people experiencing multiple needs. Sharon Sharman, Learning and Evaluation Manager at VOICES gave a presentation to the attendees about the impact of NPS in the community.
By Expert Citizens C.I.C. and VOICES attending the event it has promoted the work that they do and has given prisoners an insight into the support available on release to the Stoke-on-Trent area. One prisoner is particularly keen to volunteer when he is released with a longer-term goal of becoming a Peer Mentor. Individuals who gave feedback stated that they “found the speeches and presentation really beneficial”.
We hope VOICES and Expert Citizens C.I.C. are back soon at HMP Dovegate.
Health Promotions Practitioner