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Youth and Diverse Communities

A range of services aimed at young people facing challenges with substance misuse or wellbeing, and training to help deliver practitioners deliver culturally informed services.

Young People’s Afternoons

This is a service delivered from our NewLink Wales office in Bridgend.

We provide a specialist service on Monday afternoons for young people under the age of 18. It’s a space for young people to come and discuss their worries or concerns about their own or someone else’s substance misuse. We also provide education sessions on drugs, alcohol and sexual health.

If they’re is in need of further interventions, referrals can be made for structured play therapy, or counselling services.

To find out more about Young People’s Afternoons, contact our NewLink Wales office in Bridgend

The YES Project

The YES (Youth Empowerment Service) is delivered in Bridgend. YES aims to raise awareness, provide information, and give support to people aged 6-16 who are affected by someone else’s use of drugs or alcohol.

YES aims to reduced second-generation substance misuse, engage young people in activities within their communities and schools, and to help them improve their ability to deal with their emotions.

The service is confidential – this is to alleviate the isolation that young people can fear they will suffer if they share their difficulties, a fear which can prevent them from opening up, even to other people in similar situations.

The YES service is funded by Children in Need.

To find out more about the YES project, contact our NewLink Wales office in Bridgend

Out of Hours Service

Accessible outside school hours, and available at a number of locations, our Bridgend-based Out of Hours Service aims to help young people to reduce or stop substance misuse, to increase their understanding of the dangers and risks that surround it, and to offer support and advice on a range of other issues that may be affecting their lives. Our hope is that through doing this, we can help young people see positive benefits across their home, school and social life.

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Switched On


Switched On is an information, education and advice service for anyone under the age of 25. Whether they’re worried about their own experiences with substance misuse, concerned about a friend or relative, or just simply want to get their facts straight, Switched On can help young people stay informed.

The Switched On team also work extensively with those who educate young people, such as teachers, parents and carers, to help prevent young people from developing problematic substance or alcohol usage. Their work is backed up by an innovative new Peer Education programme that sees young people learning from each other, too.

A service commissioned by the Cardiff and Vale APB, Switched On works closely with the Platfform Young People’s team.

T: 029 218 321 47

E: PublicHealthWales.SwitchedOn@wales.nhs.uk

Axis Toolkit and Training

Some people face cultural barriers. Axis All Areas helps you break through these barriers to deliver culturally appropriate substance misuse support.

Developed by the NewLink Wales team, the toolkit takes you through each step of preparing to work with a client, making sure you get to grips with their cultural needs, and giving you a structured way of tailoring the support you offer to your clients.

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