Swanswell to offer drug and alcohol advice at Download festival

10 June 2015

Team members from Swanswell, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, will be in attendance at the Download festival in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, this week.

Working with staff from North West Leicestershire District Council’s Community Safety Team, Swanswell will be on hand to provide harm minimisation advice to visitors and answer questions about alcohol and drug use. The team will be located  next to the welfare tent in the main camp site between 10 am and 6pm from Wednesday 10 June to Saturday 13 June. They will also be at the festival on Sunday 14 June between the hours of 10am and 4pm.

While there’s no particular concerns about alcohol or drug use at the festival, people can get confidential advice should they need it. It’s the fourth year the national recovery charity has provided support at the Download festival, complementing Swanswell’s existing substance misuse support service for adults and young people in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Pete Singleton, Operations Manager in Leicestershire and Rutland, said: ‘Although there are 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.’

He added; ‘We also provide support for anyone living in Leicestershire and Rutland who is worried about problem alcohol and drug use. Call us on 0300 303 5000 or pop in to one of our offices to find out more about the services we offer.

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