Addiction, Health, Behaviour Change | CGL


  • 8 April 2016

    Chemsex is a term commonly used by Gay men and Men who have sex with Men (MSM) to describe the use of certain drugs in a sexual context.

  • 1 April 2016

    As you may have seen CRI is no more and CGL has been born. So what’s that about, why change and why now?

  • 11 March 2016

    We will continue to raise funds to improve services, to innovate and to add value wherever we can but CGL will not seek to raise funds to prop up underfunded statutory services to deliver them in the same ways.

  • 25 February 2016

    Had a busy, engaging and inspiring weekend last week.

  • 19 February 2016

    Interesting to read the Statistical Bulletin released yesterday by the Office of National Statistics about Britain’s smoking habits.

    The release can be seen as a source of celebration or concern in seemingly equal measure. With 19% of the adult population smoking these figures are consistent with last year and at an average of 11.4 cigarettes day, we’re smoking at record low levels.

  • 12 February 2016

    No one can quarrel with the sentiment behind the Prime Minister’s speech on prison reform and a renewed emphasis on education and rehabilitation.

    Together with the recommendations of the Taylor Report on youth justice and other policy announcements, such as the proposal to replace decaying Victorian prisons with state of the art modern facilities, one dares to detect a fresh enthusiasm for a criminal justice system that can provide genuinely rehabilitative opportunities for people looking to break the cycle of reoffending. 

  • 5 February 2016

    The government’s approach to NPS has been causing something of a twitter storm this week.

  • 22 January 2016

    I've been reflecting this week on the power of language and the damaging impact that careless and/or lazy labelling can have on people.

    In my view people in any position of power or influence should avoid ill-considered tabloid-speak missives like: ‘bog standard schools’, ‘sink estates’, ‘feral youth’, ‘addict’ or ‘chronically relapsing conditions’. These statements might help pain a simple picture for the general population of what are inevitably complex situations but those of us working with vulnerable people must always be careful and considered in the use of our language.

  • 15 January 2016

    Issues of homelessness and rough sleeping are complex and usually compounded by co-existing conditions.