The next Mid Kent Practitioner Forum will take place from 12.45pm to 4pm on Wednesday 14 November in the auditorium at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone.
The forum is open to any practitioner who supports young people with substance misuse issues.
The new forum will take place every six months and has been set up to keep partner agencies updated about current trends and local initiatives in the substance misuse sector. Each event will include presentations on the key themes that we are coming across with our service users. We are also hoping that the forums will afford joint-working initiatives across the area.
If you are interested in the forum please contact the Mid Kent office on 01227 456 744
KCA Young Persons’ Services have been out and about at Festivals this summer – giving out advice and information to young festival goers and talking about our services. KCA’s Festival ‘know how’ includes safety tips such as what to pack, arranging meeting points with your friends and avoiding smoking in tents.
Royal Greenwich Young Peoples’ Substance Misuse Service
Our newly appointed family worker Simon Knott has been working hard to promote the service and the work he does with parents and carers. He recently visited Greenwich Women’s Aid to meet with parents to talk about drugs and alcohol and young people.
Although the parents were familiar with the FRANK website they found it useful to be able to talk face to face with an expert who was able to answer their questions. The question “why do people use substances” was the main focus for the group and Simon facilitated the discussion and encouraged the group to talk about why they thought people used drugs, alcohol and even chocolate. The parents talked about stress factors that sometimes make people use substances, and thought about healthier alternatives. Everyone recognised the importance of teaching their children positive and healthier ways of dealing with stress and the challenges of life.
KCA Greenwich look forward to a long-term partnership with Greenwich Women’s Aid and will continue to support the work they do with young people and their parents.