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Series of events to celebrate one year since the launch of Norfolk’s Change Grow Live service

Series of events to celebrate one year since the launch of Norfolk’s Change Grow Live service

1 May 2019

Change Grow Live Norfolk is holding a series of celebration events to mark one year since the launch of its behaviour change service in Norfolk.

The new service was commissioned by Norfolk County Council in order to provide a holistic, recovery-focused service for people across Norfolk dealing with drug and alcohol dependency.

The celebration events will take place in the week commencing Monday, April 22 to raise awareness about what Change Grow Live can offer and how the behaviour change service is empowering people in Norfolk to live more fulfilled lives.



Since launching the service one year ago, Change Grow Live has received consistently positive feedback from service users in Norfolk. Month on month, over 90% of Change Grow Live service users in Norfolk report being extremely happy with the service on offer.

Since April 2018, 1878 new people have received support from Change Grow Live for a variety of presenting needs, with 843 people receiving support for alcohol use specifically.

The Change Grow Live team in Norfolk is proud to be reaching new people across Norfolk in need of support. The planned celebration events have been designed to further increase awareness of and engagement with the behaviour change service.

Each event will give people the opportunity to meet with Change Grow Live service users, stakeholders, staff and senior managers in a friendly and informal setting and to find out more about Change Grow Live and how the behaviour change service works.

Refreshments will be provided at all of our events, which will take place as follows:

King’s Lynn - Tuesday April 23
Norwich - Wednesday April 24
Great Yarmouth - Thursday April 25

Please contact us on 01603 514096 for more information about the events and how to attend.

The series of events will also be a valuable opportunity for the Change Grow Live team to hear from service users, as well as interested individuals and agencies, to gather ideas about how the service could develop in the future.

As well as a chance for discussion, events will include practical training on the use of take-home naloxone kits, to raise awareness about the importance of naloxone in preventing the risk of overdose. This is part of Change Grow Live’s national campaign to actively promote the use of naloxone. In Norwich alone, Change Grow Live has given out over 630 kits to service users in the last year. Harm-minimisation advice and information about needle exchange services will also be available.

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health at Norfolk County Council, said: 

“Twelve months ago, Norfolk County Council commissioned Change Grow Live to deliver its drugs and alcohol service, and since then we have seen a significant increase in numbers of people seeking support.

“As a recovery focused model, Change Grow Live is highly accessible to the community and the wide range of interventions on offer, including the Emerging Futures programme, are extremely effective in supporting people at all stages of recovery.

“It’s positive to see Change Grow Live supporting people with both treatment and reintegration back into the community and employment. I look forward to seeing what the next 12 months brings.”

Vicki Markiewicz, Executive Director of Change Grow Live in Norfolk, said: 

“We want to make the most of this one-year anniversary and show the wider community what Change Grow Live has to offer to help people in Norfolk make positive changes in their lives.

“Over the last year Change Grow Live staff, service users and partner agencies have worked incredibly hard to develop the new behaviour change service. This anniversary is our opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come and, at the same time, to listen to people and to commit ourselves to doing even more to provide as many people as possible with the support they need”.

Graeme Malcolm, Services Manager for Change Grow Live in Norfolk, added: 

“The CGL Norfolk service is about so much more than supporting people to stop harmful drug use and drinking. We are about supporting people to grow, develop and achieve their ambitions. I would encourage anyone who is interested to join us at this series of events, to meet the team and to ask as many questions as you like!”