Planning is underway for the next NNEF event (date to be announced). We are eager to keep pushing forward on the sharing of the amazing practice we know is happening around the UK. So we want you to tell us about the people you work with who you think we should ask to speak.
On Friday 5th December 2014, the NNEF held its latest ‘All Day Meeting’ – hosted by the Oasis Partnership in High Wycombe, and sponsored by Frontier Medical. More than 90 people attended this free event, coming from all over the UK. The day’s agenda was split into a series of informative sessions – including presentations from Public Health England, leading academics, needle exchange workers, drug user activists and leading experts.
The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) held its annual meeting on September 25th in Birmingham at the Tally-Ho conference centre. The meeting brings together members of the NNEF to present the latest news and updates on harm reduction for needle exchange workers, harm reduction advocates and service users.
'We have no budget for training.' We heard this plenty of times at previous NNEF events – when budgets get tight, one of the first casualties is staff training. Yet training is essential for this sector. We often have relatively high staff turnover, and staff need to be empowered with the knowledge and confidence to provide the best advice to our clients.
The meeting showcased examples of good practice from across the UK. There was a special focus on the practical, 'bolt-on' services that can easily be delivered alongside needle and syringe exchange to improve appeal, client contact numbers and service quality.