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New Vision Bradford assemble key partners to benefit Bradford District

New Vision Bradford held a collaborative event for external partners and stakeholders at Victoria Hall in Saltaire on Tuesday 17 October.

The drug and alcohol recovery service began operating in April this year to support people across the Bradford District. It was awarded a contract for up to 10 years ensuring consistency and stability for people accessing its services.

Their event marked the service’s official launch, which is a partnership led by national charity Humankind, alongside The Bridge Project, Project 6 and Create Strength Group (CSG).

New Vision Bradford offer a range of support for people experiencing issues with alcohol and substances from across Bradford, Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Saltaire. The experienced and professional teams work together to offer people structured one- to-one and group support, clinical interventions, and support for family.

Paul Townsley, CEO of Humankind, welcomed over 80 guests to Victoria Hall and touched on his roots in Saltaire. Guests included people from Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police, local charities and the NHS, highlighting New Vision Bradford’s aim to forge strong partnerships within the community.

Liz Barry, Head of Public Health Bradford, spoke about the council’s vision for the service and how it will support people across the district. Representatives from The Bridge Project, Project 6 and CSG also spoke about their specific roles.
The presentations concluded with New Vision Bradford detailing initiatives they have already been involved in. These include Safe Space which provides a wellbeing offer to people on a night out in the city centre, naloxone community training and a Beating Hearts CPR training campaign.

In the afternoon, guests had the opportunity to meet with different teams within the service and establish stronger working relationships to benefit the local community.

Becky Norton, Assistant Director for New Vision Bradford said: “It was fantastic to see professionals from across the district discuss how we can work together, build on, and create new partnerships to support the communities. We aim to ensure that anyone who needs support for drug or alcohol use can access our services tailored to their individual situation.”

Richard Baildon, from West Yorkshire Police attended the event and said: “New Vision is a key partner in Bradford city centre. We work together in support of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities to address their needs but also to minimise some of the effects that they can have on the broader community”.