I am proud to be a Trustee of a charity called Blenheim CDP which provides drug and alcohol services across London. Yesterday Blenheim celebrated 50 years with the launch of a book called “London Calling: Voices from 50 years of social action”, but in typical Blenheim fashion, this launch was combined with an innovative new treatment tool, The DARTT (Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Treatment Tool). You can find details of both on Blenheim’s website
Although a relatively small charity, Blenheim punches above its weight not only in terms of its approach to treatment services, but also in terms of making its voice heard among policy makers. London Calling and DARTT were fittingly launched in the Houses of Parliament, in an event hosted by Baroness Hayter, who is Blenheim’s Patron. The event was also attended by Norman Baker MP, Minister for Crime Prevention, who gave a speech. His responsibilities include drugs and alcohol, and from the perspective of crime prevention he is the Minister of State for these. I was encouraged to hear him talk tough on the alcohol industry. I even detected a glimmer of hope that minimum unit pricing might be back on the agenda…. although it’s entirely possible I was hearing what I wanted to hear. It wouldn’t be the first time.