NPS use among Homeless Population in Exeter

23rd May 2017

In 2014, St Petrock's worked with D&C Police to address the growing concerns around new drugs being sold as 'legal highs' or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and their impact on vulnerable groups, including people who are homeless and rough sleepers, in particular. This partnership work resulted in the Police successfully using new anti-social behaviour orders to close down a 'legal high' shop in Exeter in November 2014,  the first use of these orders, in the country, to deal with this problem. Following on from this, St Petrock's undertook research prior to and after the introduction of The Psychoactive Substance Act May 2016 to guage the experience of its homeless clients and impact of the Act. This Act introduced a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of 'legal highs' intended for human consumption. We hope that the information collected will help shape an effective response to, and raise awareness of, problematic NPS use, specifically with the...

Demand for services remains high

20th April 2017

Our stats for the number of visits to our centre illustrate how demand for our centre services remains high.  ...

Exeter Sitel office pledges support

5th April 2017

Employees of Exeter's Sitel office have voted for St Petrock's to be their nominated charity for 2017.  Site Director Matt Clevedon and a group from the employee forum visited our centre recently to learn more about our work and how they could best help. Sitel is a  world leader in outsourced customer experience management and has approximately 600 employees in Exeter.  A £10 employee challenge is being discussed as a possible fun way for staff to fundraise at work, by providing desk cake and clothing sales as well as undertaking paid tasks for colleagues eg providing a lunch/car washing....