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Young people

What we do

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Drugs and alcohol often play a significant role in the lives of young people, whether that be curiosity, experimentation, recreational or problematic use and very infrequently, dependent use.

CGL offers a range of services nationally for young people and young adults up to the age of 25. These include services which provide support around substance misuse treatment, prevention and early intervention, emotional wellbeing, child sexual exploitation, offending, advocacy and parental drug or alcohol use.

We know that if we can support young people now, it may stop them making decisions they may later regret. That’s why our youth services focus on providing friendly, non-judgemental advice and support so that young people can make better informed lifestyle choices.

Accessible support

We place real importance on reducing barriers to accessing support. That’s why we always offer a flexible range of venue options, as well as home visits and online support. We like to get out and be visible in communities so you will often see us out engaging with young people in local youth centres, schools, colleges and universities as well as in health centres and hospitals. Don’t be shy, come and say hello to one of our friendly staff members.

Click here to read our interview With Mandie – Young People’s Substance Misuse Practitioner / PIPS Worker

Engaging services

Our intervention tools have been developed in consultation with young people with a focus on making them interactive, evidence based and crucially…fun. We know that the more young people enjoy working with the service, the more likely they are to continue engaging.

“I felt completely comfortable and able to open up without being embarrassed or afraid of being judged. It was a fun way to learn more about drugs and how to stay safe.”

Personalised support

We view all young people as individuals, and recognise they have their own strengths, aims and ambitions. The support we offer is therefore centred on the different needs of each young person, taking account of interests, culture, faith and beliefs. Ultimately we focus on your needs, not our expectations.

"Thanks for caring, taking the time to listen and understand me. You’ve helped me with my confidence and enjoy a life without drugs"

Holistic care

We want young people to lead lives which are happy, healthy and safe. In addition to drug and alcohol support services, we provide holistic packages of care which support the improvement of physical health, mental health and offer help with practical issues such as a place to live, access to education or employment or access to positive activities.

Safeguarding

We work closely with a range of local, regional and national partners to ensure we keep children, young people and vulnerable adults safe from harm. Working collaboratively with partner agencies ensures co-ordinated care that meets the full range of needs.

Support for parents and families

We understand the important role parents and families play in supporting the wellbeing of young people. It’s often challenging when a loved one is affected by drugs, alcohol or mental health. We therefore provide a range of support services for family members, including advice, guidance, peer support and access to short courses.

“Not only have you been there for Sophie but you’ve been there for me too…you’ve been my rock. Thank you more than you’ll ever know.”

Click here to read our advice for parents and carers.

Support for professionals

As well as providing specialist services to young people and families, we also offer a specialist consultancy service for professionals with open access to advice, guidance and a range of professional training programmes. This includes training on various substances, emerging trends, as well as identification and brief advice.

"Excellent training that has increased my confidence in supporting young people who are using substances"

Peer Mentoring and Volunteering

CGL’s youth support services provide a range of opportunities for volunteers to gain valuable experience of working within the sector. Our volunteers are often student placements but can also be those who have used our services previously or members of the general public interested in giving up their time to support young people and improve career prospects.

Our volunteers are offered real hands-on experience together with comprehensive induction, supervision and training. CGL also offer a fully accredited young person’s peer mentoring programme to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and experience to support other young people facing challenges in their lives. The coaching and mentoring they provide plays a key role in our programmes, providing encouragement and motivation, particularly for young people who are at risk of getting involved with gangs or crime.

Please get in touch with your local service to find out more about volunteering opportunities.

Referrals

We accept self-referrals as well as those from local agencies or family members.

The referral process is very straightforward and ensures you get a service as soon as possible. Please see the referral page for more information on making a referral.

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