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Confidential drug and alcohol service launched in Havering for young people

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 April 2017

A new free drug and alcohol service has been launched for young people. Picture PA

A new free drug and alcohol service has been launched for young people. Picture PA

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A confidential drug and alcohol service for children and their families has launched in Havering.

Wize Up, headed by a team of experienced substance misuse specialists, runs an outreach facility and meets participants at school, at college or in a “comfortable” space.

The charity Change Grow Live, in Diban Avenue, Hornchurch, created the free service which is targeted at young people aged between 10 and 18.

The team will never judge an individual but will listen and support them to help them make positive changes in their lives.

Young people can refer themselves to the service which provides tailor made support such as information, advice and guidance sessions, comprehensive assessments, psychosocial and pharmacological interventions, as well as aftercare support.

Cllr Alex Donald, member champion for young people, welcomes the initiative and thinks it is great that young people are encouraged to invest in their own wellbeing.

“Excessive misuse of drugs and alcohol have blighted many people’s lives,” he said.

“It’s essential young people are empowered to take care of their health and wellbeing. The launch of Wize Up is a positive and valuable service for all young people in Havering.”

Wize Up invites young people and their families to get in touch if they want to ask questions or they would like to make a referral.

Young people also have the option of bring a friend or family member with them on their first visit.

A sister service, Families Anonymous, can also be attended in Gants Hill, Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9pm.

For information visit changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-wize-up-havering or call 01708 451110.

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