Antidote at LondonFriend is at the forefront of new trends in drugs and alcohol on the LGBT 'scenes", and therefore has an obligation to share this knowledge when it comes to improving people's health and well-being.
Our training programme is endorsed by the Chair of the Addictions Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has been sought for its' knowledge and experience by the Home Office, ACMD, the US White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), as well as having trained staff at many A&E departments, sexual health clinics and DAAT's/Substance Misuse services and needle exchanges. Antidote is in partnership wit the NHS Foundation Trusts' 56 Dean st, and CNWL's Club Drug Clinic.
Hourly or multi-day training can be provided for medical staff at HIV/GUM clinics, generic drug/health services, pharmaceutical companies, data-collection agencies; for medical students, counselling services, GP surgeries... in fact anywhere we're needed.
If your organisation, staff or service users wish to gain more experience or knowledge of addiction, certain drugs, alcohol, the behaviors associated with said use, we can provide friendly and informative training, around the country or at our premises.
If you are a non-LGBT service wishing to learn more about LGBT sensitivity in your work-place, or wish to improve your assessment process to better gauge the needs of your clients/patients/service users, London Friend is happy to oblige.
Just to name a few topics we specialise in..
-Motivational Interviewing Training, for substance misuse or GUM workers
-LGBT-Sensitivity/Awareness training for generic health services/charities.
-ork training for substance misuse workers.
-Changing trends in substance use.
-LGBT-specific substance use, contributing factors, lifestyle, sexual behaviours.
-LGBT sexual health as impacted by substance use.
-Addiction and associated behaviours in general.
If you work at a service or charity that likes to engage your service-users in casual and frank discussions about managing their health or well-being better, particularly around LGBT lifestyles or substance use, please get in touch.
Or if you'd like to invite us to your team meeting to share ideas or good practice, we welcome your call.
Antidote and London Friend can provide a trained representative at other health/community services for on-site advice.
We also engage the community in bars, clubs and gyms for friendly, non "preachy" advice.
Community engagement at Pride Events and the like.
Soho street-side stalls with Met Police.
“Roadshows”; community bus engaging the public with health services.
Participation in seminars, conferences internationally.
Contribution of expertise to media, articles, resources etc. We contribute regularly to scene and lifestyle magazines and health columns, giving advice on safer "play" on the club scene, as well as to medical research and information booklets/leaflets.
Influencing drug policy and health initiatives at governmental, community and practical levels.