A new campaign offering advice to vulnerable people and party goers to “Keep calm at Christmas”, has been launched.
Throughout December, Calderdale Recovery Steps campaign messages will be shared in social media and posters. Handouts will be given to current clients with local and national emergency contact numbers for additional support.
Among the campaign’s Top Ten Tips to Stay Safe this Christmas include not giving in to peer pressure, drinking at your own pace and making sure you have planned how to get home safely.
David Prescott, Lead Practitioner at Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “The Christmas and New Year period is a time when people can relax and enjoy themselves but for some people that can get out of hand. Sometimes, people can go too far without realising it and end up accidentally hurting themselves or indeed other people.
“People going to parties and the pub can be swept along in rounds and suddenly feel overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol they have consumed.
David continued: “We’re offering our top ten tips and some advice to help people. That ranges from drinking more wisely to making sure that you and your friends get home safely at the end of the night.
“We want people to have fun and not have a reason to regret anything they have done over the Christmas and New Year period”.
The campaign runs alongside advice designed to help people deal with their emotional and mental wellbeing over the Christmas period. This side of the campaign helps people to deal with feelings of loneliness and depression as well as the pressures that can accompany the festive season.
Calderdale Recovery Steps will be sharing these messages of advice on social media under the hashtag #KeepCalmatChristmas and #SaferSeasonalDrinking.
Below is a link to our Tips for Safer Drinking over Christmas and a link to advice and information for those who may find the season difficult to cope with.
To download the A4 leaflet, please click on the image below.
The Calderdale alcohol and drugs service Calderdale Recovery Steps are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange.
It is part of a campaign led by Calderdale during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking.
Lisa Brook, Complex Need HOPE Worker for Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “We are hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”
Lisa continued: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.
“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”
Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.
Wasted this Summer is the title of a new campaign aimed at helping party-going young people in the area to make wiser choices about their behaviour over the summer.
Emily Todd, Director of Services West and South Yorkshire said: “The messages that we are trying to get out there are about having fun but doing so in a way that means you and others aren’t put at risk.
“People can get carried away at summer parties and especially at festivals. Wasted This Summer offers practical advice to help people get clued up about what they are doing, so they can make safer choices about alcohol and drugs.”
Posters and leaflets are being distributed across Calderdale and the campaign will be supported by social media messages that can be shared with the hashtag #WastedSummer.
Hints and tips include advice on staying hydrated, how to minimise risks and what to do in the event of someone being unwell.
Copies of the posters and leaflets can be obtained by contacting Calderdale Recovery Steps on 01422 415550, or clicking on the images below.