Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (DISC)
Branching Out is a confidential alcohol, drug and tobacco service provided by DISC. It is for all young people under 21 in Calderdale. We work with young people who are using alcohol, drugs, tobacco or solvents at any level, and those at risk of using substances, including standalone stop smoking services for under 18’s.
Branching Out offers a flexible service for young people with a wide range of services on offer. We provide honest, accurate advice and information, and support young people to achieve their goals. This includes one to one support, positive activities, clinical treatment, advocacy, C-card, Chlamydia screening, and signposting.
We have a worker based in each locality across Calderdale and can see young people anywhere.
We work closely with other health providers such as Sexual Health, and workers are available in the CASH (Contraception and Sexual Health) clinics at Broad Street Plaza Health Centre.
We provide free GP and one to one support to young people who may require substitute prescribing/detoxification, or have health concerns related to their use of substances and access to Hepatitis A&B vaccinations.
The service has a dedicated concerned other worker providing support to anyone who is concerned about a young person close to them, we can provide support on a one-to-one basis or even just over the phone. Our concerned other worker can provide awareness and training, either as a peer group of friends or as part of a group of parents who might have the same questions and / or fears.
Whatever the requirements we can tailor training packages from one hour to a day at any venue (including home). During sessions, parents, carers and family members will be provided with information and facts about drugs to better equip them and increase their confidence to talk to their young people.
The service also employs an Education, Training and Development worker who delivers:
- alcohol, drug and tobacco basic training, enhanced training, and current trends / legal highs training packages. These are offered to young people and any professionals working with young people and / or their families in Calderdale. This is offered through schools, youth centres, multi-agency in-house training days, or delivered to staff teams (minimum of 8 attendees) by email request;
- tailored written packages addressing concerns raised by specific staff teams.
All training packages are free of charge and certificates of attendance are issued. Sessions can range from one to six hours, and can be delivered at a time to suit you.