New under18 Norfolk drugs service launched
2009: An innovative new young people’s drug and alcohol service is being launched across Norfolk
today (October 1) when The Matthew Project’s Under18 Service
comes into being.
The new service has been developed with the help of young people who have told the Christian-based Matthew Project what kind of help they need in relation to drugs and alcohol.
The Under18 Service will have three teams in King’s Lynn, Norwich and Great Yarmouth with workers also based in the north and south of the county.
Workers from The Matthew Project, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust Alcohol and Drug Service and Norfolk Children’s Services will form the teams made up of young people’s substance misuse workers, counsellors, nurses, a social worker and a consultant psychiatrist.
The new service will deliver a wide range of services for young people, their parents/carers and adults working with young people. This will include drug and alcohol focused assemblies and lessons in schools, informal education and targeted outreach using the Voicebox caravan, advice and information, one-to-one support including counselling, interventions for the family and treatment including prescribing and blood borne virus testing.
The service will also provide support for young people affected by someone else’s substance misuse and support for parents and carers including drug and alcohol awareness sessions.
Graeme Stewart, Service Manager for Under18, said: “We look forward to developing a range of quality services for young people and their families across Norfolk. Our priorities will continue to be focused around meeting young people’s needs and working in a more integrated way with our colleagues from Children’s Services and other young people’s services.”
Julian Bryant, Director of The Matthew Project, said: “Our mission is to enable young people to make healthy choices about their lives. By listening to young people, we have developed a new and innovative way of helping them and their families understand the risks of substance use, and also to help them if they get into trouble. Without the voices of young people we could not have developed this service. This is such a valuable addition to our other youth interventions.”
The main launch of the Under18 service is planned for half term later in October at the OPEN Youth Venue in Bank Plain, Norwich. Under18 is funded through the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Action Team.