Swanswell team to offer alcohol and drug awareness advice at Download festival

06 June 2013

Swanswell will be attending one of the country’s leading rock festivals in Leicestershire this month to offer advice and support around alcohol and drug misuse.

Team members from the national recovery charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be handing out harm minimisation advice and information at the Download Festival in Castle Donington from 12 June.

Swanswell will be joining North West Leicestershire District Council’s Community Safety Team at the main campsite between 10am and 8pm daily from Wednesday 12 June (when the campsite opens) to Sunday 16 June when the festival ends.

Festival-goers will be able to find the team, including Substance Misuse Workers, Support Workers and Recovery Workers, next to the Welfare tent in the main camp site, where they’ll be able to get information and confidential advice.

Swanswell’s team members will also be walking around the camp site and main arena throughout the festival weekend, offering harm minimisation information and Swanswell merchandise.

It’s the second year the charity has provided support at Download and complements Swanswell’s existing substance misuse support service in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Jo Woods, Swanswell’s Regional Development Manager in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘We’re always trying to find new ways to help as many people as we can, so the Download Festival is the perfect opportunity to offer advice and support around alcohol and drug use, if people need it.

‘Our team will be available on site to answer questions, get confidential advice or just to have a friendly chat, from the moment the campsite gates open, right through to the last day of the festival.

‘Outside of Download, we also provide help and support around substance misuse to people living in Leicestershire and Rutland by calling 0300 303 5000, popping in to one of our offices or accessing advice during one of our visits to community locations.

‘So if you’re worried about your alcohol or drug use, or someone else’s, get in touch with Swanswell to take the first step to change and be happy.’

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