The SUDRG Impact and Evaluation Survey 2010
‘You Can’t Whistle a Symphony . . . ‘
In 2010 the weekend service developed and implemented by the SUDRG in Kensington and Chelsea had been running for five years. During this period it had grown from a tiny badminton club to a service that operated all weekend, running sporting services in the mornings and an open access drop-in in the afternoons that provided a wide range of socially based services.
More than two hundred individuals had volunteered for the project during that time, the majority of whom were, or had been service users and the number of individuals who had accessed these services ran into three figures.
We knew what we were doing was important and had made a substantial difference to the lives of a large number of people, but short of inviting the sceptical to visit us over the weekend and see the place in action, it had always been difficult to demonstrate the impact of the service.
Therefore in October 2010 we spent four weekends interviewing 61 volunteers and 87 service users accessing the Social and Sporting Clubs, and with some generous help from CNWL NHS we compiled a report that, for the first time demonstrated a wide range of positive outcomes in both substance use and personal development for service users and volunteers alike.
While the report below is not a short document, it is worth a close read, because here is evidence that socially based mutual aid concentrated on a sense of community and self-help, modelled around an idea of recovery that is entirely person centred and based solely on each individual’s perception of what they wish their life to be, can literally change the world for those involved. Here is the missing part of the treatment system. Here is proof that it works. Here is interactive aftercare.