Local User Involvement Activity

Current local user involvement activity includes work in East Ayrshire, Fife and East Dunbartonshire.

East Ayrshire

Volunteers from across the area work from a base in Kilmarnock.

Recent projects include:

– A study in Kilmarnock town centre which asked people with a background in substance use about  access to treatment and their treatment experiences.
– Research into the number of people not usually engaged by services who have a high risk of blood-borne virus (BBV)
– A study of the night-time economy in Kilmarnock and local opinion on related issues including safety.

The project is funded by East Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

Fife

Volunteers from across Fife work primarily from Kirkcaldy but meetings are arranged across the area.

Notable projects the group have delivered include:

– A study identifying the priorities of people who use services which contributed to Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s Service Delivery Plan.
– A survey that assessed the needs of people with chronic hepatitis C and who use drugs and do not engage in hepatitis treatment after receiving their diagnosis.

The project is funded by Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership and NHS Fife BBV and Sexual Health

East Dunbartonshire

Volunteers carry out peer research across a range of services to determine service user experience and opinions of the services with which they are engaged.

The project is funded by East Dunbartonshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

Notable projects the group have carried out include:

– Small Test of Change into service quality
– Evaluation of relapse management and prevention.
– Evaluation of the provision of ‘Trauma Informed Services’.

To enquire about becoming a Peer Research Volunteer in East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire or Fife, please contact Emma Hamilton at emma(at)sdf.org.uk