SUIT (Service User Involvement Team) is a multi award winning service that has been in operation now for over 10 years. This peer led & run service offers hope and empowerment to those that have been affected by addiction (and associated harms). SUIT offers a drop in, and appointments to those wishing to progress with their lives. Initially set up to offer drug users a voice, the service has developed based on the needs, wants and requirements of some of the most vulnerable people in Wolverhampton.
In 2017/18 SUIT worked with 856 individuals on a one to one basis, delivering 3178 support sessions. We delivered 3816 interventions, signposts and referrals across 74 areas of presenting and emerging need. This demonstrates the holistic approach that is adopted by the service in meeting the widest range of needs that those suffering from addiction face. Each intervention cost the British taxpayer just £34.07
The SUIT volunteer programme was awarded the highest accolade available in the UK to community or voluntary organisations in 2014, namely The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (this is equivalent to MBE) and continues to raise awareness and encourages other group's to consider being nominated themselves for this award.
SUIT offer support in the following areas:
- Addiction and Recovery
- Mental Health
- Poverty and Indebtedness
- Rights and Entitlements
- Welfare and Housing
- Health and Well-Being
- Criminal Justice
- IT and Telephone Access
- Tackling Stigma and Discrimination
- Campaigning and Lobbying
In addition to the above, SUIT offer opportunities for those with lived experience of addiction to help influence and shape services and systems within modern society. This is achieved through local, regional, national and international channels. SUIT is seen as a model of best practice by Public Health England and has also been cited as one of just twenty projects across Europe as Best Practice in Working with Ageing Drug Users (http://www.betrad.eu/best-practices-non-specific-services/).
Other work streams include: Producing and delivering social justice and addiction training, media work, consultancy projects, IAG, detox support, evening and weekend support, motivational interviewing, family support, translating and interpreting, form filling, recreational activities, careers advice, disclosing criminal convictions plus more.
We are living examples that people suffering from problematic lifestyles can contribute positively to themselves and society.
Please click on the following link which will take you to our 10 Year Anniversary Video.