The Base is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for young people up to the age of 21 in Kirklees.
We provide friendly support around drugs, NPS (previously known as 'legal highs') and/or alcohol. The service also offers a provision for parents, carers and professionals who support young people in Kirklees.
The service is flexible and accessible. We offer appointments across Kirklees to ensure that accessing any of our services is made as easy as possible.
How to contact us
We always welcome new clients, so please get in touch if you are interested in getting help from the service or you’d just like to ask some questions. Feel free to bring someone with you on your first visit.
We are based at Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Hall, Old Wakefiled Road, Dewsbury. You can call us on 01484 541589 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can receive referrals from anyone wanting to refer a young person to The Base for support, including young people themselves. It is important that the young person is aware of the referral as our experience suggests that engagement is improved this way. If you would like a member of the team to support initial discussions with a young person regarding a referral please do let us know and we will be happy to assist.
Download the referral form
Email us your completed form
- One-to-one young person centred interventions which promote positive change. These can include advice and information on drugs/alcohol, harm reduction support and structured psychosocial interventions.
- Group work sessions for young people. We offer a range of free, innovative and bespoke interventions for young people around a variety of different substances and related issues. These include group work programmes, targeted outreach and drop-in provision. If you are a professional and would like to enquire about our group work programmes, please click the button below and fill in your details.
Contact us about group work
- Outreach. You may see members of our team at various different venues and events across Kirklees promoting positive messages about drugs and alcohol. These also ensure that getting informal advice and support around drugs/alcohol is made as accessible as possible for all young people across Kirklees. Keep an eye out for us or contact us if you would like to request this service.
- A daily telephone service Monday to Friday where young people, parents and professionals can talk to someone immediately without the need to make an appointment.
- Specialist training programmes for professionals. We offer a range of free bespoke training programmes available to any professionals that work with young people in Kirklees. The aim of this training is to develop professional awareness of the risks facing young people and to increase confidence and competence in supporting and responding to drug and alcohol related issues. If you would like to discuss further any training available to you then please click the button below and fill in your details.
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- Support for parents and families who are concerned about the drug and/or alcohol use of a young person. We understand the important supportive role that families can play and offer tailored support to help them better understand and support their loved ones. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you feel you would benefit from this support.
- Support for young people who are affected by a family members’ substance use. We understand the difficulties in seeing the life of a loved one being affected by drugs and/or alcohol. We offer a service to ensure that the needs of the child or young person are also being met
- Volunteering. We offer volunteering opportunities to those who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people in Kirklees. We offer our volunteers a comprehensive training programme as well as regular, quality supervision. If you are interested in volunteering for the Base, please contact us for more information.
- Peer Mentoring Programme for 16-21 year olds that are passionate about supporting other young adults going through difficult times. This programme is free of charge to young people in Kirklees and carries a nationally recognised qualification. Contact us for more information.
Can’t attend your appointment?
If you’re a young person and are unable to attend your appointment, and you already have an allocated worker, please contact the worker directly to inform them.
If you don’t have an allocated worker then please contact The Base on 01484 541589 or email email@example.com to let the team know.
Where can I go for further support?