Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Telford and Wrekin Council: developing and helping to build recovery

Telford and Wrekin Council has been revamping its approach to substance misuse in recent years.

West Sussex Council: looking out for children

West Sussex Council’s substance misuse service has set up a dedicated family team to help ensure the needs of children whose parents are under the care of the team are properly catered for.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Councils: supporting prisoners

An integrated substance misuse service has been set up to work in the community and local prison.

Liverpool City Council: providing a holistic drop-in service for street drinkers

Liverpool City Council has run a dropin service for street drinkers over recent summers, providing substance misuse help alongside other support, such as mental health care and housing support.

Oxfordshire County Council: giving service users ‘a sense of purpose’

A café staffed by substance misuse service users has been created in Oxfordshire to help people recover from their problems.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council: helping high-impact problem drinkers

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has worked with Alcohol Concern to support the most difficult, hard-to-reach drinkers.

Surrey County Council: the benefits of outreach work

Surrey County Council has set up a specialist outreach team to work with the most hardto-reach drinkers.

Gateshead Council: running a dedicated service for young people

Gateshead Council commissions a dedicated substance misuse service for young people.

London Borough of Hackney: supporting people into work

The London Borough of Hackney has started to run an employment support programme for people under going substance misuse treatment. The six-week programme offers everything from help writing CVs to confidence building sessions. It has had an immediate impact.

Knowlsey Council: working with the NHS to spot and treat respiratory problems

Knowsley Council’s substance misuse service has teamed up with the Liverpool Chest and Heart Hospital to offer testing and treatment for respiratory problems.