Originally set up in 1998 to support refugees and asylum seekers, GYROS (Great Yarmouth Refugee Outreach and Support) predominantly works with migrants from EU member states who are a significant and growing community in Great Yarmouth. It is generally recognised that such communities can be hard to reach, and can be reluctant to access the help and support open to them due to lack of awareness, cultural or language barriers, or lack of trust.
In 2012 GYROS received a grant of £7,893 from the Community Substance Misuse Recovery Fund to embark on a programme to address incidences of drug and alcohol abuse identified within the client group. Clients are typically new or recent settlers in the UK, and face exclusion and deprivation which can contribute to developing a dependency on drink and drugs. GYROS staff received Drug and Alcohol Awareness training, to help workers recognise substance misuse and give them the confidence to raise it with clients, offering referrals to mainstream services and maintaining their support to ensure clients engage effectively with support agencies.
The organisation currently sees 2 – 3 people per week with substance misuse issues, and has embedded substance misuse issues into its wider programmes.