On December 2nd 2013, The Books and Brew Cafe in Sector 16, Chandigarh became the venue for the first ever Harm Reduction Cafe in India and Chandigarh. The group was a wonderful mix of professional practitioners and community members from the city and its adjoining areas who came together to discuss the issues and the road map ahead.
Harm Reduction Cafe Reports
We love hearing about the harm reduction cafes people are having, so please get in touch with us and let us know what you talked about, what went well (and if anything went wrong). Plus share some tips for other people who might be thinking of running their own cafe.
We had a smaller group than the first Bedford cafe on 21st August, but this get-together was to discuss progress since August and agree the next steps - particularly around the issue of local naloxone provision to prevent overdose deaths.
Wednesday 11th September saw the first Welsh Harm Reduction Cafe, hosted by Sands Cymru in Swansea. The cafe was held the night before the opening of the 2nd International Conference on Novel Psychoactive Substances, at Swansea University. Therefore a few individuals that had come to Swansea for the conference, graced us with their presence at the cafe.
Walsall held its first Harm Reduction Cafe at The Glebe Centre in Walsall Town Centre.
Nigel Brunsdon started off the event by introducing himself and what the event was about, approximately 36 visitors and workers form 8 different agencies attended for coffee and home made cakes.
On August 21st, at The Ship Bar and Restaurant in Bedford, a small but hugely experienced, knowledgeable and information hungry group of folks got together to discuss drugs related deaths and what was, is, or can be done to help reduce the risks for local drug users.