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COMMENT SUSTAINING THE FUTURE Phoenix Futures chief executive Karen Biggs sets out the thinking behind the charity’s new strategy The work we do at Phoenix leads to change. Our services span a wide spectrum and meet the unique individual needs of people – whatever their hopes and ambitions for themselves or their family’s future. In 2014 we worked with staff, external stakeholders and people who use our services to create a set of values and beliefs. We thought carefully about these as we wanted them to be our compass, guiding our day-today work and our decision making: we are passionate about recovery, we value our history, and we believe in being the best. These values have served us well in the last six years – they set out what we expect of ourselves and each other – and this year we are launching our new strategy, Sustainable recovery. It has three broad areas of focus which build on the work of the last strategy, Confident about recovery – we will continue to deliver and develop services that sustain recovery, we will ensure we have the skills and resources to sustain delivery, and we commit to making a sustainable difference in the world. Our psychosocial expertise has been vital through the COVID pandemic, and in the coming year we will be continuing to develop our expertise in a wider range of multiple and complex needs including trauma and mental health. There will be specific projects on diversity and inclusion and health and wellbeing. We will also be looking at how we maintain our values and culture in the new remote world. That new world has to be a sustainable world, and we are committed to making a difference. Last year I posed a question – could we be carbon neutral? The very bright and energetic minds in Phoenix said yes, so we started to put a plan together to achieve it. Last year we reduced our carbon emissions by 27 per cent, and we will be able to declare carbon neutral status in November 2020. The thinking that created the sustainable recovery strategy came before the pandemic, but now seems more relevant than ever. People’s lives will continue to change and we will start to create a new Phoenix normal. It will be a challenge but our guiding principles and our energy and commitment will help to create truly sustainable recovery. RECOVERY COORDINATOR STRONGER FAMILIES KEY WORKER PHARMACIST INDEPENDENT PRESCRIBER THINK FAMILY LEAD PRACTITIONER GROUP FACILITATOR SPECIALIST DUAL DIAGNOSIS NURSE ADDICTION SPECIALITY DOCTOR ERRATUM: In Jody Leach’s article (DDN, July/Aug, p17) we explained the acronym OCAN incorrectly. It should have read Offenders with Complex and Additional Needs and we apologise to the author for our error. MORE JOBS ONLINE NOW www.drinkanddrugsnews.com/jobs Contact ian@cjwellings.com to advertise your next vacancy WWW.DRINKANDDRUGSNEWS.COM SEPTEMBER 2020 • DRINK AND DRUGS NEWS • 21