The first of its kind at the University of Bristol, the Harm Reduction campaign aims to remove barriers from students accessing support, and to reduce the risk of harm associated with using drugs, including alcohol.
The project was spearheaded by George Bemrose (Student Living 19-20) and is now led by Ruth Day (Student Living 20-22). It brings together Bristol SU, the University of Bristol and The Drop (part of Bristol Drugs Project) to support students with their alcohol and drug use.
Jason (Equality, Liberation and Access) and Ruth (Student Living), worked to make sure that new student inductions this year included content on consent and drug harm reduction.
Over the last year Ruth has led the All About Drugs campaign which includes regular education sessions, a drop-in service run by Bristol Drugs Project, regular halls outreach, and educational events throughout the year. Ruth has also secured funding for the drug reagent test-kits and testing drop-in service – the first seen in a UK university.
Ruth has also secured training for the Wellbeing Service and Resilife delivered by the Bristol Drugs Project to take place before Welcome 2021.
Activity will continue throughout the year to improve education on harm reduction.