The aim of Addaction is to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems.
The programme is designed to not only help the individual recover from their dependency, but also to offer support to those closest to them. Working with families and loved ones forms a major part of Addaction's treatment ethos. The service is:
- delivered in partnership
- provided locally, supported nationally
- family focused
- designed to offer a range of treatment options.
The programme works on three key areas a young person’s development; keeping safe, keeping healthy and enjoyment and achievement.
‘This programme gave me someone to talk to in school and outside as well. The mentor basically helps to smooth the way for you. He gives me little targets which help me stay out of trouble. He sees me weekly now. I got taken off of it a while back but I asked if I could get put back on to the programme because it really works well for me.’ DD
Students are referred to the school nurse by any member of staff due to any medical difficulties that may be affecting their education. This could be due to concentration, nutrition or underlining medical issues.
The clinic, administered in partnership with the House Heads and the school nurse, is designed to help willing participants to quit smoking through practical advice and guidance. While rare, the best results come where the student self refers, as this is a clear sign of intent. Nevertheless, help is offered to all who need it.
Sexual Health Team
The Sexual Health team work closely with the school, both within the framework of lessons and outside to deliver advice and guidance on a range of issues, from STIs to contraception. They have links with subject areas such as Science and PSHE and can help students outside of school through The Junction an entity which exists to advise young on all aspects of sexual health , to reduce risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection and protecting young people from an unintended pregnancy. The Service is provided by the Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Community Health Services, Sexual Health Service.
The school has links with both Littledown and AFC Bournemouth to promote Healthy eating and establish diet at the centre of any fitness regime. At times, the college is able to procure the facilities of these establishments in order to help improve the fitness and aspirations of our young people.
Integrated Youth Service (IYS)
This service is for students that are displaying offensive or anti-social behaviour in the community or in the School environment. Students are assigned a mentor that engages with them in an initial meeting, they devise a personalised timetable and see the student once a week. They take the student out of school (lunch time) and partake in various activities with the student that meet their individual needs or interest.
The IIP service gives the student an opportunity to have a one to one key worker that is an independent person for them away from the family home and school life. The worker can act as an advocate for the student, this works well when social services or other agencies are involved.
‘What I liked about this was that the man that was assigned to help me was from the same background as me. He helped me to know that I wasn’t alone and that I could get through my problems, that there was light at the end of the tunnel. It was better than having someone who didn’t know me trying to give me advice. They work with you to keep you away from violence and drugs and for me it helps me stay clear of it all. I get taken out to play snooker and eat. It helps to ease the pressure I feel.’ LG
Turnaround is for families that house a child with 1 or more under 18-year-old with a proven offence in the last 12 months or the family are threatened with eviction from social housing on anti-social behaviour grounds.
The Agency offers financial support and guidance to alter behaviours from within the family unit. This can be through parenting courses, funding for courses/ activities for the children and positive community awareness.
‘’I get a mentor who comes into school and sees me at home as well. He motivates me to get involved in things because I am quite quiet and I don’t like pushing myself forward for things. They do activities around your interests like I am building a bike at home with my mentor. I am also a lot more confident now because I can try out new things like rock climbing. I feel more involved in school now and I’m a lot happier there as well.’ CE
Routes is a service that is accessed through a referral done by House Heads. Its aim is to provide mentoring for one to one support for disengaging students.
This program is aimed at young people aged 14-18, who are not yet ready or able to enter onto Foundation Learning, apprenticeship programmes, college courses, to get back on track at school or to enter employment directly. It provides support in areas of personal development, employability skills and health issues, in order to build confidence and self-esteem and develop new skills.
‘The Routes people were very helpful. They gave us a mentor who worked with me and another boy at school. We both got a lot out of it.. She helped me with my choices when I leave school, what courses to take and what was the best place to go. She encouraged me a lot. I would recommend anyone to go down that road and get involved if you can.’ SD
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service personnel are looking to help make communities safer by working proactively with young people aged between 13 and 18 years of age. The S.P.A.R.C. project (Safer People and Responsible Communities) will take young people from the following backgrounds:
- Who have offended
- Are at risk of offending
- Who have been excluded from school
- Are at risk of being excluded from school
- Are victims of crime, bullying etc.
The SPARCS Team put them through an intensive one week programme based at a Fire Station.
The project is delivered by specially trained fire fighters and the main aim is to prevent young people from becoming persistent offenders or be permanently excluded from school, by providing this intensive five day work experience within a disciplined and focussed team environment.
‘Going to Sparcs was a great experience for me. We went to the fire station, where it was based and they gave us breakfast-a full fry up! It was an early start though. It went from 6.00-4.00. If you missed a day you were off the programme straight away. They didn’t mess around. They actually treated you like a fireman. They taught us drills, we did ladder work and lots of physical stuff. I know that I came away from it with more discipline because I learned how to take responsibility for my actions. I think before I do anything now and my mum hasn’t had to come into school since!’ DM
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