London Winter Shelters 2017-18 list

Temperatures have dropped, and with London in the grips of its first cold snap, we have produced a list of the emergency shelters that will be open in the capital this winter.

Updates may be made to this listing as the winter progresses and more information becomes available about some of the shelters.

The winter shelters are listed under the boroughs in which they operate, so some appear more than once. Crisis at Christmas operates a service across London, and is included as the first entry. Some boroughs are not listed at all – Housing Justice may be able to advise on projects operating in these areas.

The Homeless England website gives more details of the winter shelters, as well as other emergency accommodation, advice and support services for people experiencing homelessness.

London Winter Shelters 2017-18_version2.pdf | 443K



“The Opposite Of Addiction is Connection” Do you agree?

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Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging. Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement:

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri

These sentiments are augmented by a growing number of experts, including addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté, who cites ’emotional loss and trauma’ as the core of addiction. Compare this ’emotional loss’ to Johan Harri’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition.

Read the full article here:

Do you agree with these findings? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Naloxone Survey Results 2017

NaloxoneThis survey was conducted by the LGA’s Research and Information team between 16 June and 5 July 2017, on behalf of the LGA and Public Health England, in order to better understand the use of naloxone across local authorities, and to demonstrate how it is considered by local authorities as part of their response to drug-related deaths.
Public health
31 Jul 2017

The main findings are as follows:

  • 90 per cent of respondent local authorities currently made available take-home naloxone.
  • 99 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it through drug treatment services, 25 per cent did so through hostels and 25 per cent using outreach workers.
  • 95 per cent of respondents which made it available provided it to drug treatment service users, 79 per cent to family/friends/carers of opiate users, and 64 per cent to opiate users not in treatment.
  • 76 per cent of respondents which made it available had a policy or framework for its provision.
  • 50 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available (14) indicated that they would make it available if there were an increase in opiate overdoses in their area or an increase in drug-related deaths in their area.
  • 29 per cent of respondents which did not currently make it available reported that the low number of local opiate-related deaths was a factor in their decision, and 21 per cent referred to the low number of local opiate overdoses.Naloxone.svg

“Giving up cigarettes linked with recovery from illicit substance use disorders”

Smokers in recovery from illicit drug use disorders are at greater risk of relapsing three years later compared with those who do not smoke cigarettes. Results of the study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York appear online in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Check out the full article at the following link:

The Consequences Of Cuts

Person preparing syringe of crack cocaine.

You may not know that your local authority is responsible for funding drug and alcohol treatment. And unless you, a friend or family member have been personally touched by addiction you might not think that these services should be a funding priority for cash-strapped councils.

“Drug addiction isn’t going away so why are treatment centres being slashed?” Check out this interesting article in the Guardian:


Christmas Service Provision

Christmas Service Provision

Remember to keep safe over the Christmas period. Stock up on any equipment you may need from your local Needle and Syringe programme. Some operate from local pharmacies others from drug services. Also remember to get a naloxone kit from your local drug service, it could save your life or somebody else’s.

Here’s a link to chemists open on the Christmas bank holidays.

The local Crisis centre is at Westminster Kingsway College 211 Grays Inn Road London WC1X 8RA. More information can be found here.

As soon as we get a list of opening times of drug and alcohol services over christmas and the new year we’ll get theme posted.