Project ADDER

Young ADDER

Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement, Recovery) is a three-year pilot funded by the Home Office and managed by Public Health Blackpool.

Young ADDER is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) that supports young people aged 16-25 who are actively involved in substance misuse and/or at risk of entering the criminal justice system. The Young ADDER team is made up of key workers from BFCCT, Streetlife, NHS and Blackpool Council who provide one-to-one support to young people. The programme is also supported by designated staff that work within services such as Probation, Housing, DWP and Police to ensure young people are fully supported and have access to the different types of support they may need.

Each young person is assigned a key worker that they are suited to and feel they will engage best with. This worker will support individuals to address their specific needs, making the most of the ‘wrap around’ support available from the wider MDT and explore positive pathways for individuals to access. In addition to this, staff encourage young people to take part in meaningful activities such as boxercise, walk and talk, table tennis, golf, swimming which provide ways for individuals to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their physical and mental health, whilst also supporting their recovery from substance misuse.

By supporting individuals to attend meaningful community activities, it is hoped they will feel empowered and confident, enabling them to sustain their involvement in community activity long term, without any support.

Referrals are taken to the Young ADDER MDT to be discussed. Referral forms can be requested from and sent to: andy.walker@wearestreetlife.org           

For any further information regarding the role of BFCCT in Project ADDER, please contact brett.whitehead@bfcct.co.uk