Scheme faces alcohol issues

Jo Brewster, young person's alcohol worker, with the Horsham Young Person's Alcohol Intervention Initiative.

Jo Brewster, young person's alcohol worker, with the Horsham Young Person's Alcohol Intervention Initiative.

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A SCHEME to help tackle alcohol related issues amongst children and young people is being tested by Sussex Central YMCA, Horsham District Council and Horsham Matters.

The aim of the initiative is to reduce young people’s alcohol consumption when needed, as well as reducing alcohol related hospital admissions and anti-social behaviour and crime. In the long term, the project seeks to improve the lives of young people in the district and help also improve health and cohesion within local communities

Young people under the age of 19 can get support and information about alcohol as well as the issues and risks associated with its use from this new project.

The new scheme will be linking into secondary schools to deliver engaging and interactive sessions with students.

Young people can also receive free advice on a one to one basis or in a group setting.

Support on an individual basis can be accessed by young people and families self-referring. Referrals can also be made by organisations that work with young people.

Greg Charman, community safety manager with the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are pleased to have been able to get this project up and running and believe it will contribute towards making a difference to the lives of young people in the Horsham district with alcohol issues.”

More information is available from Jo Brewster, young person’s alcohol worker, The Y Centre, Albion Way, Horsham, 01403 213400 or email jo.brewster@sussexcentralymca.org.uk