Current funded projects

HEART - supported by BBC Children in Need

Delivered by Young Addaction Central Lancashire, HEART works with young people aged 12-18 who are at risk of or who have experienced abuse or violence in intimate relationships. With groups recruited from across Central Lancashire taking in referrals from schools, GPs, young people’s centres, Community Safety Partnerships and Youth probation teams, the project will help educate young people about developing healthy relationships that are free from exploitation and violence, and promote equality.

In group and 1:1 sessions, participants will be given the space to open up in a safe and confidential environment, giving them a crucial support network and allowing them to develop self-respect.  

The project started delivery in January 2016. It’s funded for thee years and set to reach over a hundred teenagers in Lancashire.

Right Turn-supported by Forces in Mind Trust

Right Turn is Addaction’s programme of support for veterans who are misusing drugs and alcohol while trying to make the transition from the armed forces back into civilian life. It began in direct response to the growing number of veterans who were accessing Addaction’s community services. Through awareness-raising, education, treatment and peer support, Right Turn delivers a specialist service that acknowledges the common experiences of veterans, addresses the particular issues they face and tackles their misusing behaviour.  Launched in Sheffield, Right Turn now works across the North of England (hyperlink to services in the NE).

In 2014, the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) awarded Addaction a two year grant to launch and develop a parallel service in the South West (hyperlink to services in the SW). The grant will also fund a detailed evaluation of the national Right Turn project carried out by a team of researchers from Sheffield Hallam University. By capturing the true scale of the problem and identifying successful treatment methods, the project aims to influence policy makers and improve the way services are delivered to veterans in the future.

WorkReady - Young Addaction Halton NEET Programme-supported by Kawneer UK and the Alcoa Foundation

Provided by Young Addaction Halton, WorkReady engages 80 young people aged 14-18 in the borough of Halton who are categorised as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), or at high risk of becoming NEET. Some of them will have dropped out of mainstream education and in addition to substance misuse are likely to have experienced multiple areas of deprivation including poverty, truancy, low achievement at school and family breakdown. The programme develops personal skills, raises life aspirations and improves work-readiness. Each young person is helped to create a tailored package of support from a menu of options, including college taster days, links with local businesses, CV/portfolio building, Skills4Change weekly workshops looking at young people’s knowledge and understanding of drug and alcohol misuse, volunteer training and placements and access to Halton’s Mayor Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and to the National Citizen Service.

The project began in September 2015.


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