The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright praised the work of former addicts who are now helping others to combat their own problems with substance misuse.
The Commissioner attended the Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACT) Ambassador Scheme Graduation Ceremony on Monday, 16 September at the Town Hall in Sheffield and presented the graduate ambassadors with their certificates.
Ambassadors are all ex-service users, who have previously overcome their own addictions with substances and have completed a 24-week training programme that DACT offer. All ambassadors must live in Sheffield and have used one of the substance misuse services commissioned by DACT. They must all have left their treatment drug free and no longer be involved in the use or supply of illicit substances or drinking alcohol problematically. Candidates to the scheme may only apply if they can prove that they have received no criminal convictions or cautions in the previous six months before applying.
The DACT Scheme is part-funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner through resources from the Home Office Drug Interventions Programme.
Speaking after presenting the certificates, Shaun Wright spoke of his admiration for service users that had not only managed to combat their own issues with alcohol and drugs, but their determination to take these experiences that one step further and put into practice their lessons learned to help others.
The Commissioner said: “The Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination team have my full support in what they are trying to do in turning people’s lives around. It is all too easy for anyone to find themselves relying on alcohol and drugs when their circumstances take a change for the worst and many have nowhere to turn.”
“The dedication of the people that I met on the night and on previous occasions is outstanding. These people have combatted their own demons and then participated in the scheme, whilst still coming to terms with their own issues.”