‘SORTED’ providing excellent support for young people and community
A centre which provides support and advice about drug and alcohol issues for young people in Flintshire plays an important role in the community, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething has said.
SORTED has benefited from Welsh Government funding to refurbish and extend the lease on its centre in Buckley. The centre, which was designed with the help of young people, is used for group work, projects and as venue for an evening drop in centre for young people.
SORTED aims to reduce the impact of drug, alcohol and substance-related harm on young people, their families and the community by education, care and on-going support. Prevention remains at the heart of helping young people lead healthy and crime-free lives.
The service includes raising awareness about drug and alcohol misuse in schools and youth clubs. It provides targeted information for young people at increased risk of becoming involved in substance misuse. For those young people with an identified substance misuse problem it provides one-to-one treatment.
On a recent visit to the centre in Buckley, the Deputy Minister toured the facility and met members of staff. Mr Gething said:
“Drug and alcohol abuse among young people not only has a devastating effect on those involved, but also has an impact on their families and communities. We are committed to tackling this.
“I was pleased to see the results of investment in SORTED, which is particularly effective at reaching out to young people in Flintshire. Based in the heart of Buckley, it provides an open door for young people who may need advice or help or just need to someone to talk to.”
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