Posts Tagged ‘Street Drinking’

Insight Day on Drugs & Alcohol

Posted on 26th November 2010 by

 Last Friday the 19th December we held our first ever Insight Day on Drugs & Alcohol this event focused on issues within the Perry Barr Constituency, this includes four wards Oscott, Perry Barr, Handsworth Wood & Lozells and East Handsworth.

This event was hosted by the Perry Barr Drug & Alcohol Sub Group and was aimed at local services, community organisations and resident led groups. Over the last 12 months we have been working as a group to look at a range of issues in relation to drugs & alcohol. The key aim is to increase opportunities to work together to address the impact that drugs & alcohol has on our neighbourhoods.

I know that in the main area that I work in Handsworth concerns about illicit drug use and particularly street drinking features high on the agenda for local residents. 

We will now take forward information gathered from the day to help inform the action plan for the next 12 months and welcome opportunities to get feedback on this plan from local residents. 

Please post any comments here or email me directly if you wish to comment on any aspect of drug or alcohol use in your neighbourhood?

Some of the agncies that took part in the day have a range of services and information that you can access via their websites:

For more information about Drugs or Alcohol or treatment services visit the Birmingham Drug & Alcohol Action Team website

For information about mental health visit the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Foundation Trust website

SIFA Fireside works alongside those who are socially excluded or disadvantaged, addressing alcohol issues and homelessness and empowering and supporting people to meet their short and long term goals

For help & support with a drug problem contact Phoenix Futures who provide a range of outreach services locally.

For information on whats happening nationally within the drugs field  Drugscope is a leading agency that provides expertise on drugs; informing policy, encoraging informed debate, research etc.

Street Action Day Success In Handsworth

Posted on 26th April 2010 by

Last Saturday following concerns raised by local residents and Wilkes Green Residents Association we held a mini street action day. These days are very useful in engaging with local residents to discuss local issues and start to take action.

The photos taken at the start of the day highlight some of the issues that local residents would like changed:

  • Litter
  • Dumped rubbish
  • Street drinking and anti social behaviour

The day was organised by Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager for Handsworth and supported by West Midlands Police, Fleet & Waste Management and Birmingham Youth Service.

Brendan Duffy from Fleet & Waste Management was able to arrange for his team to come and give the avenue a cleaning blitz. Residents were delighted with how clean it looked after. It was wonderful seeing so many kids and residents getting involved with the litter picking.

West Midlands Police also spent time listening to residents  issues and are committed to helping people feel safer.

A big thank you for all the agencies that came out and made it a success and to local residents for their support

Useful contacts:

Any residents with bulk items should call 0121 303 1112 to arrange free collection.

Residents that are concerned about street drinking should contact Handsworth Wood Neighbourhood Police Team on 0845 113 5000 ext 7812 6555