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Support for young people and families

For young people and families in Darlington worried about drugs or alcohol

We can help you stop or cut down on what you’re using, and with other problems you may be having.

  • 1:1 support
  • Group work
  • Support for families
  • Reduction advice and support
  • Professional awareness training
Call us on 01325 809 810

WithYou in Darlington at STRIDE

Free and confidential drug and alcohol support for young people across Darlington.

Support that's right for you

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


Our services are free


We'll never judge


We're here to listen

How we can help

When it comes to recovery, we know that everyone’s goals are different, whether that’s making small changes, stopping completely, or finding new ways to stay safe and healthy. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, we’ll support you to get there - and we’ll be WithYou every step of the way.

We offer one-to-one support for young people in Darlington who are facing challenges with drugs and alcohol.

One of 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 our 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.

If you are a parent, carer or family member, worried about a young person's drug or alcohol use, it can be difficult to know where to turn or what to do. 

We’re not just here to support young people, we’re also here to support you.

By supporting you, we can together ensure that young people stay safe, get the right information and make better choices.

Call us on 01325 809 810 to talk and find out how we can support you. 

Find out more about how WithYou supports families and carers

We carry out educational sessions on substances and highlight the risks for schools, colleges and professionals.

Our clients also have access to employment advice and support from our Individual Placement and Support service (IPS). Learn more about WithYou's IPS service

The guys down at WithYou have been brilliant. Very understanding and do everything they can to help. It makes coming out of a dark place more of a smoother process and I know they're there if I need them again. - Young Persons service client

Who is our service for?

We can offer you support if you are:

  • Aged 18 and under (please contact us for more information)
  • Living in Darlington
  • Experiencing challenges with drugs or alcohol

How to access our services

To access our services, you can contact us directly using the number provided below:

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. 

You don’t have to pay for any of our services.

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.

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What to expect

You’ll find a warm welcome and free, non-judgmental support and advice from the WithYou in Darlington at STRIDE young person's team.

We want you to feel safe and comfortable when seeking support, and your privacy is really important to us. Everything you tell us, whether in person or online, is confidential. The only time this might change is if we have serious concerns about your own or someone else’s safety.