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17th April 2023

BuddyUp - Cranstoun's new digital service

BuddyUp is a new, app-based service available on Google Play and the App Store and the concept is that people who are using drugs alone can download the app and be connected to a Cranstoun member of staff (called a Supporter), with whom they can build a rescue plan, detailing where they are and how to access them in event they require emergency help after using a drug while calling the service. How this works in practice is that BuddyUp ensures that if someone uses a drug alone, a trained Cranstoun team member can remain in contact with them during and after they use drug(s) and enact their overdose rescue plan if the caller becomes unresponsive. If a caller becomes unresponsive, their rescue plan, (location (address), rescue instructions such as where to find naloxone if they have it, where to find the key, security codes, which door to use, and any additional information the caller would like to include) is revealed to the supporter. The supporter would then call the emergency services and provide the details of the rescue plan so that help can be sent to the address provided. BuddyUp is a low threshold, harm reduction service, aiming to ensure that an episode of drug use does not result in fatal overdose. It is not a treatment service or even a signposting to treatment service.

This app is therefore all about preventing avoidable, fatal overdose. In 2021, over 5000 people died in the UK from a drug death – a figure higher than fatalities on the road and knife crime combined – and by far the highest number of deaths in Europe. We believe BuddyUp is just one step towards lowering that number.

BuddyUp has begun its pilot in Sandwell, Worcestershire and the London Borough of Sutton. During the pilot, BuddyUp will run with selective hours with the ambition of having an expanded service across the UK and Republic of Ireland in the near future.

If you have any questions on the service or how it works, please contact us at


3rd April 2023

Lung Health Project In Sutton

Are you, or do you know anyone, aged between 55 -74 years and a smoker or ex-smoker living in Sutton?
You can get a FREE NHS lung health check. The lung checks are simple and quick to complete and are a good way of spotting lung-related problems early on, possibly before you have even noticed anything. Please take a look at this flyer.
Age UK Sutton is working in partnership with the West London Lung Health Check team to support you to get a lung health check. For more information please contact Lolita at Age UK Sutton on 07577 169285 or

29th March 2023

Together for Sutton - cost of living

29th March 2023

Sutton Men in Sheds - Shed Loads of Happiness Project

The Sutton Men in Sheds project has grown significantly over the past few years. It provides a community space for men to connect, engage in conversation, as well as create and pursue new interests. The sessions are designed to help support men’s mental health and well-being. Advice, support and signposting facilitated by professionals are incorporated into the group sessions.

Follow the project on Facebook @SuttonMeninSheds or and Twitter @st_helier for regular updates.

The schedule for all meetings from now until the end of August is listed here.

As part of the exciting Shed loads of happiness project about what makes you happy in Sutton, there are a number of creative writing sessions for men. For more details, please look at this flyer.

28th March 2023

Domestic Abuse Ambassadors

Sutton Women’s Centre is looking for community members in Sutton to join its Domestic Abuse Ambassador scheme and create communities against domestic abuse. The Domestic Abuse Ambassador scheme will train community members to become Ask Me ambassadors. The training will increase your awareness of what a helpful response to domestic abuse looks like and give you the knowledge and skills to signpost people towards the specialist help they need.

For further information regarding training please take a look at this leaflet.