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Drug and alcohol support for young people

Friendly advice, practical help

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
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Services for Young People in Kent

WithYou runs young person's drug and alcohol services across Kent, in partnership with Kent County Council.

Support that's right for you

We'll support you at your place of choice, whether that's home, school, work or in the community. No need to come into a service building.

Money

Our services are free

Heart

We'll never judge

People

We're here to listen

The more you know, the safer you'll be

We all want to change how we think or feel occasionally, for all kinds of reasons.

That’s why people ride roller coasters, exercise, build relationships and take risks. Drugs can also change our mood or behaviour, and whether we’re drinking our morning coffee or dancing all weekend at a festival, like it or not, drugs are all around us and we really need to talk about them.

Drugs can be seriously harmful, but like everything in life, the more you know the safer you’ll be.

We can fill in gaps in education, explain why people choose to take drugs and what effects those drugs can have on you, your body and your brain.

If you feel uncertain about the risks involved, or you want to make changes to what you're taking and how often you're taking it, we can help by finding a way that’s right for you.

Everything we talk about is evidence-based. We don’t give you our opinion - we give you facts and options so you can make safer choices for yourself. If you need a safe space to talk, one to one support or in a group, our door is always open.

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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 aged 11-25 living in Kent 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. 

Refer yourself or someone else into our service to get support with drugs and alcohol

Complete a referral form

Book your first appointment

Early Intervention group work and RiskIt programme

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

We offer:

  • Group interventions that are evidence-based and delivered in line with the latest research
  • Tailored substance-specific information and harm reduction
  • Exploration of risk taking behaviour and resilience
  • Acknowledgement of social norms and challenging perceptions
  • Information and advice on staying safe and reducing risks
  • Interventions delivered by staff who are appropriately trained in group dynamics and delivery.

As a young person, they will work together with a small group on a specific issue that they share. Their Young Person's Worker will talk more about group work, to see if this is the right option. 

Get in touch

Get in contact to find out more about group work in your school, youth hub or community setting.

Email yadmin@wearewithyou.org.uk

 

Training WithYou: Your annual refresher

Book onto our new, remote annual training session.

It's regularly updated, offering information around the ever-changing world of drugs and alcohol, to make sure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information for your roles.

Book training

If you would like to book a bespoke delivery for your whole team, email yadmin@wearewithyou.org.uk.

Who is our service for?

We can offer you support if you’re:

  • aged under 18
  • aged 18-25 and are not using opiates or dependent on alcohol
  • living in Kent
  • worried about your drinking or drug use or someone else’s
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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 Kent young person's 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.

Get in touch

We support you in your place of choice, whether that's, home, school, work or in the community, no need to come into a service building.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

(Evening appointments are available if needed)

To find out more about how to access our services, please contact us directly.

Book your first appointment

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.

Referrals into our service

You can refer yourself or someone else into our service to get support with drugs and alcohol

Complete a referral form

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