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Gateshead Young People Substance Misuse
From November 1st Platform Gateshead, is live, delivering a new young personís substance misuse service across all of Gateshead. The new service provides targeted work to individuals and groups of young people who are on the fringes of substance misuse or who are at risk of potential substance misuse.

Focusing on allowing young people to make informed decisions about lifestyle choices in a confidential and non-judgmental style, the team provide a safe, pro-active and responsive service to young people under 18 and, where appropriate, their families. This includes; 1-1 and group education work, family therapy sessions, psychological intervention work, health and wellbeing checks and brief intervention and prevention work.

Platformís educational workers provide universal provision to schools and colleges, provide training for professionals, support with drug and alcohol policies & procedures, all of which fall into the overall Risk Taking Behaviour agenda. The Platform Team aim to reach as many young people as possible by visiting youth-orientated groups across Gateshead and targeting hard to reach areas through an extensive and pro-active outreach provision.

The service is based at 3 Renwick Court, Victoria Road, Gateshead, NE8 2SY. These premises are close to major bus routes and the Town Centre. Whilst aiming to deliver services in mainly outreach and community based settings by taking the service to the young people and the communities in which they live, we can also provide a secure and confidential environment for young people to come and discuss any issues they may face within our Renwick Court premises. A full holistic assessment will be completed and the young person and family will have a choice in their treatment aims and a range of interventions to reach those aims. Appointments are made on a one to one basis and can be held at a time and location to suit the young person and their family. By putting the individual at the heart of the decision making process, Platform maximizes the chance of a successful outcome.

For more details please ring: 0191 460 1354