Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS) is based in Chelmsford but works across Essex, supporting young people up to their nineteenth birthday, and their families, who are affected by drugs and alcohol, whether it’s their own use or someone else’s. Our support is free and confidential and is there whether you need it once a week or more.
The Children's Society became involved with the project (originally called Drugwatch) in 1986, after it had been operating for a year. The project has now been part of The Children's Society for over 20 years.
If you need our help but can't get to us then we'll get to you. Our workers will arrange the best time and place to meet so that you can feel comfortable and safe. We work to a harm reduction model, with a needs-led approach, in which young people are encouraged to participate in the development and review of their individual recovery plans. With this in mind EYPDAS works alongside clients on the issues and topics that they wish to be supported in.
EYPDAS services include:
- Integrated Recovery Management System
- Structured Interventions Service
- The BRICK Project
- Safe in Essex
- Hidden Harm work
- Community Resolutions
- Drop in (by appointment), helpline, needle and syringe provision
- Training for professionals
- Targeted group work
- CHHAT – Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team