LSAB News February 2017
Lewisham’s new advice freephone number
0800 231 5453
The Advice Lewisham Advice Line is a new service developed by Lewisham Council's grant funded advice agencies working together.
The collaboration is designed to enable people to get the information and advice that that they need quickly and efficiently and in different ways.
More information on this new service is available on www.advicelewisham.org.uk
Lewisham residents can call the freephone Advice Lewisham Advice Line from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm on 0800 231 5453.
Advisors will provide free, confidential advice for clients on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, housing, debt and employment advice. More complex issues may be offered a follow up appointment.
All new initial requests for advice and support, even if it is from somebody supported in the past, should be directed to the freephone number 0800 231 5453.
Updated DBS workforce guides
The government has published updated guides to help you identify the type of workforce that a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) applicant will be working in.
More information on the Disclosure and Barring Service can be found on their web pages.
Safer Lewisham Partnership - Successful in their bid for extra funding to support Victims of Domestic Violence
Safer Lewisham Partnership has been successful in its application to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for additional resource in their domestic violence refuges. The resource is £99k over 2016/2017 and 2017/2018, and focuses on extra support for victims of domestic violence affected by mental health, that are accessing emergency accommodation in Lewisham. It follows on from their previous successful bid to the DCLG in late 2015 for mental health and wellbeing support for victims.
Ade Solarin, Lewisham Council's Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), Programme and Strategy Manager advised that they will now be working closely with partners, especially SLaM, to see this much needed resource utilised in Lewisham.
New NICE Guidance on Targeted Drug Interventions
The new guideline from National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) covers targeted interventions to prevent misuse of drugs, including illegal drugs, ‘legal highs’ and prescription-only medicines. It aims to prevent or delay harmful use of drugs in children, young people and adults who are most likely to start using drugs or who are already experimenting or using drugs occasionally.