Swanswell on hand for advice at Download festival

12 June 2014

Swanswell’s on hand at one of the country’s leading rock festivals in Leicestershire this week to offer advice and support for anyone with questions about alcohol or drugs.

Team members from the national recovery charity are handing out harm minimisation advice and information at the Download festival in Castle Donington between Wednesday 11 June (when the campsite opens) and Sunday 15 June (when the festival ends).

Swanswell, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, is with North West Leicestershire District Council’s Community Safety Team at the main campsite between 10am and 8pm daily.

While there’s no particular concerns about alcohol or drug use at the festival, visitors are able to find the team next to the welfare tent in the main camp site, where they can get confidential advice should they need it.

Team members are also on hand around the camp site and main arena across the festival weekend, offering information and Swanswell merchandise.

It’s the third year the charity has provided support at the Download festival, and complements Swanswell’s existing substance misuse support service for adults and young people in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Caroline Gadsby, Operations Manager in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘Although there’s no particular concerns about alcohol or drugs at the festival, we’re available if people need us.

We’re on site to answer questions, give confidential advice or just to have a friendly chat, from the moment the camp site gates open, right through to the last day of the festival.

Outside of the festival, we also provide support for anyone living in Leicestershire and Rutland who is worried about problem alcohol and drug use, by calling 0300 303 5000, popping in to one of our offices or to one of our sessions in community locations.’

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