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Support for young people and families

For young people and families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who are worried about drugs or alcohol

Whether you're looking for advice for yourself, or for someone else, we work with you to make sure you get the right support.

  • 1:1 support
  • Support for families
  • Group work

Support that's right for you

We’ll meet you where you feel most comfortable, such as where you live, at your school, college, youth club or the local Youth Offending Teams.


Our services are free


We'll never judge


We're here to listen

Support for young people

One- to-one support for young people aged 11-18 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who are facing challenges with drugs and alcohol.

Our Young Person's Workers will meet with you regularly to help you work through some of the things you are struggling with.

You can bring a parent or another person you trust, if you feel nervous about coming to see us. 

Group work is helpful because it helps you learn from other people’s experiences and shows you that you are not alone. Many of the young people who work in groups form strong bonds and friendships. 

You'll work together with a small group of young people on a specific issue that you share. Your Young Person's Worker will talk to you about groups, to see if this is the right option for you. 

Support for families

We offer Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) training and parenting support for families that are engaged with our service.

The Triple-P programme helps to equip parents and carers with the skills and knowledge they need to prevent and address the social, emotional and behavioural challenges that many children face.

Being a parent or carer of someone who is using substances can be tough. We hold a carers support group called ‘Picking up the pieces’ alternating between our Bournemouth and Poole sites every Monday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm.

These sessions provide you with a safe space to share your concerns with others in a similar situation and aim to cover topics such as:

  • Why people use drugs or alcohol
  • Signs and symptoms
  • The effects on the family
  • Recovery and treatment
  • Positive communication
  • Setting boundaries
  • Avoiding enabling

For more information or to sign up to attend, call us on 01202 558855 or email us at bcpypandfamilyservice@wearewithyou.org.uk  

We also provide a monthly drop-in where young people or parents and carers can drop in to speak to a recovery worker about any worries or concerns.

These are held at the following locations:

Poole Old Town - second Wednesday of each month 10am-11.30am
Boscombe - first Tuesday of each month - 1-2pm
Turlin Moor - first Wednesday of each month - 10am-11am
Rossmore - last Friday of each month - 10am-12pm
West Howe - first Wednesday of each month - 9.30am-11am
Christchurch (Somerford) - last Friday of each the month - 9.30am-11.30am

Who is our service for?

This service is for you if you’re:

  • under the age of 18
  • living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
  • worried about your own drug or alcohol use or someone else’s

How to access our support services

Refer yourself or someone else for support with alcohol or drugs by following these steps:

If you're a young person wanting to refer yourself, or if you're a parent or carer

Contact us on 01202 558855

One of our staff will ask you some questions to start the process off. A recovery worker will then make contact and arrange a convenient time to meet up.

You can also use our free, online webchat service for advice and support.

If you have a disability, are neurodiverse, or English is not your first language, please let us know when you get in touch. We make our services as accessible as we can, and we'll work out the best way to support you.

If you are a professional

Email ART Brokerage artbrokerage@bcpcouncil.gov.uk to request a DUST referral form.

  • Complete the form (all three tabs within the excel document)
  • Return the fully completed form via email to artbrokerage@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

  • The referral will be sent to WithYou, who will contact the young person directly

Please note, it’s essential for the Privacy Statement to be signed for the referral to be complete.

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What to expect from our young person's services

You’ll find a warm, welcoming space where you can access non-judgmental support and advice from the WithYou in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole team.

You don’t have to pay for any of our services, and we won’t tell anyone about anything you tell us without your permission. The only time this might change is if we have serious concerns about your own or someone else’s safety.

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