Helpline for boozy teens
PUBLISHED: 15:23 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:21 23 August 2010
BOOZING youngsters who end up in casualty will have more than a hangover to deal with the next day. The Young Persons team at KCA, the drugs and alcohol service, have created credit card-style information cards featuring their helpline number. All A&E
BOOZING youngsters who end up in casualty will have more than a hangover to deal with the next day.
The Young Persons' team at KCA, the drugs and alcohol service, have created credit card-style information cards featuring their helpline number.
All A&E departments, minor injuries units, paramedics and ambulance crews, will give the eye-catching holographic cards to youngsters they treat.
Claire Goulding, KCA's director of Young Persons' Services, said: "It can be difficult to give support to a young person during an emergency. Acute services staff can start discussing concerns about drinking and these cards are a resource for them to give to young people.
"Young people can use the cards later to call us for phone advice or referral to our specialist treatment service or another service if that's appropriate."
Funded by the Kent and Medway Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, the cards are being distributed through the New Year holidays and previously leading up to Christmas.
The KCA campaign comes as the government's Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, issued new guidelines. Children under the age of 15 should not drink any alcohol and those between 15 and 17 should be supervised by their parents.
If you are concerned about your own or anyone else's use of legal drugs (including alcohol) or illicit drugs call KCA Young Persons' Service in West Kent on 01634 338640.
Meet the police
RESIDENTS have the chance to discuss policing issues at a series of surgeries and PACT meetings planned for the New Year.
For Meopham south a surgery is due to be held on Tuesday, January 5 from 3pm to 4pm in Vigo village hall. A PACT meeting will follow at
7.30 to 8.30pm.
In Meopham north a PACT meeting is planned on Thursday, January 7 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Wrotham Road.
A surgery will be held on Friday, January 8 from 2pm to 3.30pm outside Westcourt School.
In Northfleet south it will be held the next day from 4pm to 4.30pm at Cygnets Leisure Centre, Hall Road, Northfleet. Others are planned for Riverside ward at the Riverside Centre, Gravesend on Saturday, January 9 from 2pm to 3pm and in Chalk Parish Hall from 3pm to 4pm. If you cannot make the meetings, you can contact the Gravesham neighbourhood policing team on 01474 366368 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org