Jason Wallace & Steff Kerr

Jason Wallace

SDF Senior Development Officer

Jason is a Senior Development Officer who leads and manages the Volunteer/Engagement and Peer Research Programme at Scottish Drugs Forum. Previously he was the National Naloxone Training and Support Officer based at Scottish Drugs Forum, whose remit involved leading on the National Naloxone Peer Education Initiative.

Jason is currently a co-investigator and Chair of Public Patient Information Committee on ground breaking NIHR research (May2018- April 2020) Taking place across 3 test sites (Edinburgh, Bradford and Liverpool) the aim of the research is: Testing the feasibility and acceptability of a peer delivered Relational intervention for people with problem substance use who are homeless to improve health outcomes, quality of life and social functioning and reduce harms.

Jason chaired the National Volunteer Forum on Drug-Related Deaths; He is also a member of the Glasgow Drug Harms Sub-Group. He began working with SDF as a volunteer Peer Researcher in 2006 and was involved in the take home naloxone pilot in Glasgow the following year. He has a SVQ 2 in Health and Social Care and also a SVQ 4 in Learning and Development. He was recently made an Honorary Research Fellow of Stirling University

Steff Kerr

Recovery Coordinator

Steff Kerr has held various posts within Homelessness and Addiction services over the past fifteen years. He is currently employed by the NHS as a Recovery Coordinator in Glasgow’s North East Alcohol Drug and Recovery Service and has held this position for the past five years. He provides support and supervision to North East Recovery Community volunteers, who deliver six therapeutic recovery cafés throughout the North East sector of Glasgow.

He has been instrumental in helping to develop the first naloxone peer supply model in the UK. He has responsibility for coordinating the North East sectors Naloxone peer educators and has been assigned a lead role in the Glasgow Citywide Naloxone Peer Supply Model.

Topic

Naloxone-Power to the Peers. Peer supply of naloxone is an effective model to increase provision and reduce drug related death in the community. Peer education in naloxone is about “Reaching and Teaching” people at risk of overdose or those likely to witness an overdose in a time and place that suits them and not us.

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