Its been a fairly fraught week with sad news from t’other half’s side of the family as her uncle died in the early hours of sunday morning. He’d been in hospital on palliative care following a major heart attack the previous week so in one respect we had a little time to mentally get used to the idea but there’s still that nasty little shock when the news comes.
So, a quietish household at the moment.
On a more positive note, the charity I work for – Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care – has just been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. I’ve reproduced the Press Release below:
GUILDFORD, June 2, 2011 – Guildford based charity, Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care (SDAC) has been awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This award, inaugurated in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year, is made annually to groups who have given “outstanding voluntary work in the community”. SDAC provides a confidential 24/7/ 365 day telephone support-line for anyone concerned about issues relating to substance abuse.
Mike Sproule, acting Chairman commented: “this unique National Honour is a tribute to the 50-60 volunteers at SDAC who tirelessly donate their time, energy and compassion to meeting the needs of anyone, including users, families, friends and carers, suffering from drug and alcohol dependency in Surrey. In our 25th year of service to the community, the importance and value of SDAC has never been greater. I hope this award will encourage more people to work with us: the more volunteers we have, the more support we can give back to those in need in our community.”
The helpline operates 24 hours a day, offering advice, support and referral into treatment services, for Surrey residents. Families, friends and carers of those involved in alcohol or drug dependency are also given the same support. It is manned at any one time by the 50-60 volunteers who give up their time to help anyone concerned by drug and alcohol use. In 2010, SDAC took over 2,500 calls to the helpline, and alcohol dependency in Surrey forms the largest share of calls to the line.
Anyone who is concerned about drug and alcohol can call the 24 hour helpline on 01483 300112.
For more information on the Queen’s Award, there’s an informative link here
Oh, and on a slightly more selfish note, I’ve decided to start putting myself forward into various short story competitions. Today’s stab in the dark went to the Flash Fiction Competition 2011 – go on, have a go (no, I’m not affiliated in any way with them – I just figure at 250 words and only a couple of quid to shuffle into, what’s to lose?)