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Addiction Support and Care Agency (ASCA)

ASCA is a local community based organisation providing low cost services in the LB of Richmond upon Thames and the RB of Kingston upon Thames. We aim to support those who misuse alcohol, drugs and/or other addictions, and their partners, carers, families and friends. We have a small staff team of 7 part-time staff working across the two boroughs and a team of 32 volunteer counsellors who help us deliver our services

14 December 2015
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We are an appointment only service and provide the following services

Advice and information face to face and on the telephone:

  • Assessments
  • One to one counselling short, medium and long term

 Group support:

  • Carers Support group for carers, family members and friends affected by someone else’s substance misuse
  • Substance misuse group for people with alcohol/drug and other addiction problems

 Health and wellbeing:

  • Yoga

 The following groups are open to both ASCA service users and the wider community and are a drop in: 

  • 12 step Zen Meditation Group
  • Monthly meditation days

 As a local organisation we encourage the local community to use our premises for their activities which in turn helps us in our work to break down the stigma and barriers associated with substance misuse. We currently host the following regular activities: 

  • Richmond Carers Centre -  monthly social morning
  • Fellowship meetings (AA, CA, NA) 

Throughout the year we also host training workshops and courses run by local  professional trainers/therapists which are open to the wider community. 

Volunteers: we provide a range of training workshops for our volunteers to help them in their work with our service users. The trainings cover a variety of subject matter as we work with a range of “life issues” associated with addictions eg mental health, low self esteem, loss and bereavement, loneliness, relationship problems etc.


2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

ASCA is not a specialist service for people or their carers with dementia. However, we can work within the limited resources we have to help raise awareness.

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