Overview

Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service provides preventative, targeted and treatment interventions to young people in South Gloucestershire. It is based within the Drugs, Alcohol & Sexual Health programme which is part of the Public Health and Wellbeing Division at South Gloucestershire Council. 

In this exciting new role, you will have the opportunity to engage with those young people who would benefit from drug and alcohol support but are, for many reasons, less likely to approach services.

By delivering an outreach service across the authority and working in partnership with youth providers, you will make a difference by improving young people’s wellbeing and work with them towards reducing high-risk behaviours and mental health concerns. 

You will work closely with our Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Specialists, delivering brief and targeted interventions, including drug and alcohol harm reduction. You will work in a trauma responsive way to holistically support young people, and so make a positive impact to their wellbeing and future.
 
This is for a limited term contract until 31 March 2026.
 

What will you be doing? 

  • You will regularly visit youth centres and other settings to talk to young people and other professionals to promote the message of reducing drug and alcohol harm.
  • The role requires you to identify and engage young people who would benefit from drug and alcohol support but are, for many reasons, less likely to engage.
  • Jointly with other professionals within South Gloucestershire, you will be conducting outreach sessions in areas that young people spend time in, such as recreational areas.
  • You will work across South Gloucestershire visiting youth venues, parks, schools and homes for harm reduction and brief intervention work.
  • In this role, you will deliver brief intervention packages on a one-to-one basis with children, young people and families, some of whom will have a range of problems and challenges.
  • It will be your responsibility to ensure that records and reports are maintained in accordance with service guidelines.
  • Daily, you will support young people to access ongoing 1:1 support with a Young People’s Drug & Alcohol Specialist when appropriate.
  • You will deliver presentations/groups sessions to young people and groups of professionals.

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