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Project 28

The project’s team seek to provide holistic packages of care to young people in the BANES area with problematic substance misuse support needs. The overall ethos behind the project is to provide a physical space in which young people want to spend time and can then access a range of services.

Young people are offered support and assessment around their drug/ alcohol use, employment and training needs and other 'soft' skills including:

• Counselling
• Diversionary Activities; Music, Residential, Fishing, Football, Gym
• Individual Sessions
• Groups
• Open Access
• Healthy Eating
• Outreach
• Schools & Colleges
• Workshops
• Training
• Family Work
• Voluntary Work Opportunities
• Service User Forum; Project 28 have a health service user forum.  This enables young people to shape the service to their requirements

Sustaining service engagement means the staff team’s approach has to be flexible, non-judgemental and young person centred. Not only does this sustain engagement, but it allows staff to support young people in accessing other services required.

To support this, the Project 28 team have created a strong working ethos and value system which underpins their work. The staff values include:

• A range of positive activities always on offer to young people
• A good understanding of adolescent development, which provides a robust theoretical framework for service  development
• Empowering the young people to have a voice
• Staff continually working on their professional and personal development.
• Creating a warm, welcoming and trusting atmosphere for the young people

The continuing success of Project 28 is evidenced by the high number of referrals from partnership agencies alongside self referrals from young people who have heard about the project by word of mouth and recommendation.

Project 28 works with young people up to the age of 18 who are resident within Bath and North East Somerset.