Working Together, Aurora Project Lambeth Newsletter.
Aurora Project Lambeth

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" - Henry Ford

The last few months at Aurora Project Lambeth has been all about working together to build a more robust service for clients of our project. Just a few weeks ago we were honoured to be asked to attend an event, hosted by Certitude, for all Peer Support projects across Lambeth, to share ideas, resources and get to know each other.

Staff from Aurora Project Lambeth have also been working with Managers at Lorraine Hewitt House to see how best we can use Volunteer Peer Supporters to engage service users and support staff. We are really pleased that on Friday Afternoons and Thursday afternoons the Needle Exchange at Lorraine Hewitt House will be manned by Aurora Project Lambeth Volunteers. We would like to thank the staff at LHH for all their support and help getting this project implemented.

At the end of June Paul Lennon (director) and I presented some information about Aurora Project Lambeth to the Lambeth Substance Misuse Team, we really hope that in the future we can continue to work together with the team, accompanying clients from detox to rehab and other appointments clients are attending throughout the borough.

Whilst all of that has been going on I have felt very privileged to work with a small team of our Volunteer Peer mentors to redevelop the volunteer training and support that we offer. We have successfully recruited a small team of new volunteers that are going through this training at the moment, and we hope to see them offering Peer Mentoring to clients by the end of July. We also welcomed two new members to the Aurora Project Lambeth Board; you can read more about this in the article below.

So we hope that over the next few months we will be coming together with more of you, keeping together with as many of you as possible and working together to offer an inspirational service to people in treatment for substance use across Lambeth.

Jenni Parker
Service Delivery Manager

A warm welcome...

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to two new members of the Aurora Project Lambeth Board. Historically the board of the project was made up solely of people who had experience of using substance use services in Lambeth. Last year Aurora Project Lambeth decided to expand the membership of the board, to include a broader representation of the residents of Lambeth.

This year we are very pleased to announce that Philip Hands and Andrew Lewis have joined the board bringing with them their wealth of experience and knowledge.

Andrew Lewis, a solicitor specialising in HR Law at Jones Day, lives in Lambeth and was keen to join to the board of a local organisation that would benefit from his skills. Andrew will be an asset to Aurora Project Lambeth and help the project to develop in the future.

Philip Hands, someone well known to many of our strategic partners, is currently working for Integrated Commissioning Team, Mental Health, Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. We are thrilled that Philip has accepted a place on the projects board and are really looking forward to hearing the ideas he brings with him.

Joining the board of a not for profit social enterprise is not only a way of making a difference in your local community, but it is also a way of learning more about the way organisations work. We continue to look for more members of the board, so if you feel this is something you would like to find out more about please contact Duncan Cairns, Director and Chair,
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