Young Addaction - YZUP

Services we provide

Friends and family
Mental health
Young persons


How to find us

Information for Professionals - The YZUP office is based at the address above, in the pay and display car park at the rear of Marks and Spencer car park. We do not see young people at this office, we assess and deliver interventions to young people at a venue of their choosing in their locality e.g. school, young persons' centre and/or home.

What we offer

The YZUP Addaction service provides a targeted and specialist outcome focused, recovery oriented, community alcohol and drug treatment system for young people on behalf of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team (CIOSDAAT) partnership. We provide high quality, effective and safe community based specialist substance misuse treatment services to children and young people primarily aged between 11 and 18 years of age and resident in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, who are experiencing substance related harm, and support that enables universal and targeted services for children and young people to respond to substance misuse issues.

The service model delivers:

  • Targeted harm reduction sessions in secondary education and colleges across Cornwall.
  • Consultancy and support to secondary schools about young people at risk of exclusion for drug and alcohol related activity and schools management. Includes development of schools drug policies, best practice development.
  • Specialist one-to-one comprehensive assessment, care planning with defined treatment goals and  structured interventions for young people aged between 11 and 18 yrs of age who are experiencing substance related harm.

We provide a range of evidence-based interventions supporting children and young people to stop their substance misuse or to reduce the harm related to substance misuse that they are experiencing. The interventions provided include the following:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Managed drinking
  • Relapse prevention
  • Parent/carer interventions/support
  • Externalised youth programme
  • Internalised youth programme
  • Mental health first aid
  • Joint work with prescribers to ensure access to pharmacological intervention
  • A&E liaison service
  • Speak Out groups for young people affected by familial substance misuse.
  • SUST (Substance Use Screening Tool) training to all professionals working within the wider 11+ workforce to include statutory and voluntary youth sector. To equip professionals with the skills to screen young people around their substance use and to deliver targeted harm reduction interventions, or to refer on to YZUP for tier 3 specialised treatment.
  • Service user group: we work to ensure the co-production on appropriate aspects of the service. We ensure that the service user group can contribute effectively to the annual needs assessment and treatment planning processes
  • All interventions are provided by staff that are assessed by the service as being appropriately trained, skilled and competent to provide them, in line with the drug and alcohol national occupational standards (DANOS). In addition all staff receive level 3 multi-agency safeguarding training. All staff receive monthly management and clinical supervision and there is a strong focus on continuing professional development.
  • The service will see youn people after 5pm if required. The service also delivers group work programmes that are delivered after 5pm.


Our Addaction Cornwall volunteer project is a very popular scheme. As part of our commitment to supporting rural Cornish communities, we’re looking for motivated individuals across the county who want to help others improve their lives. Currently we have 73 volunteers working with service users and in our three locality offices. YZUP welcomes requests from volunteers, and have developed a traineeship role, which offers the chance for a person who has experience of being involved with a young persons' service, to train alongside the service for one year.

Volunteers in Cornwall are a much-valued part of the team and participate within most levels of our service provision. We are interested in whatever skills you can bring, and we especially encourage those who’ve had personal experience or have been affected by someone else's drug or alcohol problems to apply.

Volunteers in Cornwall are a much-valued part of the team and participate within most levels of our service provision. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can complete the online application or download the application pack and we will make contact with you. Click here to see our volunteer opportunities. 

Tracy Smith,  Community Engagement Coordinator and Trainer, Truro Western House, Tabernacle Street, Truro, TR1 2EJ.   01872 263001



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"YZUP is a highly qualified, motivated and enthusiastic team of worker’s, all of which have extensive experience in youth work / social work and criminal justice. We are passionate about meeting the needs of young people and delivering a wide range of interventions to inform and support young people to reach their goals and aspirations. We work closely with other agencies to aid this process and around 85% of our service users complete their treatment journey having reached their care planned goals. We feel honoured to be able to have a part to play in the journeys of these young people."


"I thought YZUP would be judgemental and tell not to do drugs, they didn’t, they really listened and helped me plan to cut down, which was good."

Service user