Innovative and inclusive interventions sought for public alcohol and other drugs use

Correlation Network, an organisation that works and contributes to an increased quality of life for vulnerable and marginalized groups in Europe, is currently coordinating the European Street Support Project, which aims to foster the social inclusion of people who use alcohol and/or drugs heavily.

One of the project’s main objectives is to provide local social services and municipalities with tools and models of good practice. The project specifically focuses on drug and alcohol consumption on the street and in public spaces (parks etc.).

Most local authorities are approaching drug and alcohol consumption on the street as a public order ‘problem’, including using repressive interventions. However, according to Correlation Network, these interventions don’t work well: they don’t have a long-term impact in regard to public order, nor do they contribute to the social inclusion of marginalised groups.

Correlation Network are therefore arguing for a more inclusive approach, which can reduce public nuisance on the one hand and supports social inclusion on the other hand. That is why they are currently searching for innovative inclusive projects / interventions / initiatives and services, which reach out to support people who use alcohol and drugs on the street. Relevant “inclusive” projects should focus on the social inclusion of the target group and have ideally also a positive impact on the perceived public nuisance.

If your organization is working with people who are currently homeless, who use alcohol and/or drugs heavily, and is implementing inclusive interventions, the Correlation Network would like to learn more about it.

Organisations who provide good practices will be contacted in November and will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire. This won’t take more than 5 minutes.

Please send your input to administration@correlation-net.org by 30 November 2017 in the following format: Organisation / Contact / Email Address