From John O’Groats to Land’s End – a wheely long way

It’s a long way from John O’Groats to Land’s End – but KCA’s Nick Hickmott (pictured above, left) is getting on his bike to cycle the route for a baby charity. Encouraged by a friend to take up the challenge, the young persons’ substance misuse worker from Ashford will set off from Scotland on July…

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Teenager shows KCA’s support in poems

A 16-year-old girl who came to KCA for support with alcohol use has written two poems to mark the end of her treatment. The alcohol use had been negatively impacting on her relationships and mental health, but since engaging with KCA over a period of months, she now has her alcohol use under control and…

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Young Persons Practitioners’ Forums: November 2014

More than 100 practitioners from across Kent joined KCA’s Young Persons’ Service for the bi-annual Practitioners’ Forums. The nature of the Young Persons’ Services’ work, means partnership working with agencies including councils, health professionals and those within education to name a few, are vital in supporting young people. The forums are held to bring professionals…

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First TV advert for e-cigarettes shown after change in the law

Do you know your e-cigarette from your cigarette, or your smoker from your vapour? This week, rules set by the Advertising Standards Authority changed, allowing the advertising of e-cigarettes on the television. The first advert was shown just after 9pm on Monday November 10th, during the first set of adverts in Grantchester on ITV. We’ve…

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We were a part of the welfare team at the Latitude Festival

Three of our YPS Kent team went to the Latitude festival this year – and it wasn’t to enjoy the music. They were invited by the organisers to be a part of the welfare team, joining a diverse group of practitioners from all over the UK with a joint wealth of knowledge on young people…

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KCA and Addaction to join forces

KCA is pleased to announce that we are joining forces with Addaction. Addaction is a UK-wide provider of substance misuse services for adults, young people and families, whilst KCA provides mental health, drug, alcohol and family services across the South East. Our shared ambition is to be the leader of evidence-based recovery services in both…

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The KCA Annual Report is published – figures reveal a successful year

KCA has helped more than 40,000 people across the south east and London, providing substance misuse services, family support, services for young people and mental health treatment programmes. KCA has treatment centres in Kent, Surrey, Essex, Berkshire and London. Figures released within the organisation’s annual report reveal: Mental health services: 80,000 appointments were offered. Of…

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First educational film on synthetic cannabinoids launched

KCA and The Angelus Foundation, the legal highs awareness charity, today launched the first ever educational film in the UK for young people showing the harms from synthetic cannabis. The film was made in conjunction with KCA Young Persons’ Services and is presented by stand –up comic Jeff Leach. It portrays two young men, Jack…

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Dedicated project for young people’s mind and body

Young people in Canterbury will now benefit from a dedicated pilot project aiming to give support and advice on self-harming behaviours. KCA’s Young Persons’ Service has been awarded funding for the project, The Mind and Body Programme, after GPs in Canterbury highlighted the limited support that is available for young people around this issue. Funded…

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