Nick Rich

Needle and Syringe Program and Outreach Manager

Kirketon Road Centre

“The Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) is designed as a harm reduction measure, managing the harm associated with illicit drug use. We provide a lot more than just a syringe. We provide advice, support and engagement, and a non-judgemental approach to people’s healthcare.

We get out on the streets every day, 7 days a week, rain, hail or shine.

It’s a brave service and it really does place the clients at the centre of everything we do. It’s a magnificent environment. I love working with staff who are committed to a group of marginalised, traumatised people.  It’s not like we’ve fixed it. It’s not like we’re about to fix it. It’s not going to get fixed in some ways.  There’s no beginning or end to this work and I think that being able to maintain your spirits is really fantastic.”