Roundabout has a specialist Drug and Alcohol Support Worker, Debbie! She works with young people who are housed, supported or advised by Roundabout.
As soon as any difficulties around substances are identified, a referral is made to Debbie. She arranges tailored one-to-one sessions, so the young person can discuss their substance use and make informed decisions.
Additionally, Debbie holds preventative group workshops where young people can talk openly and learn new ways to try and reduce the impact substances are having on their life.
Young people who have accessed this service have shown improved awareness of the affects of misuse. Subsequently, they have reduced their intake and many have cut them out altogether. In turn, this has led to an increase in education and employment.
Through this service, we aim to increase young people’s confidence and engagement in future activities, increase their attendance in education and increase employment levels.
In the last three years, almost 300 young people have accessed this service.
This project is a lifeline and supports young people to prepare for a better future, helping to break the cycle of homelessness.