MP for Basingstoke Maria Miller visited Catch22's Hampshire 24/7 service that helps to steer young people away from drug and alcohol misuse and support the families of those who have been touched by this experience.
The service works with local young people, up to the age of 19, whose regular drug use is having a destructive effect on their lives. The service offers young people a variety of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Family Systemic Practice.
The local MP met with members of the Catch22 team and some of the young people that have been helped by the service. She also saw a presentation on how Hampshire 24/7 supports parents and families, the nature of the specialist treatments available and future development of the service.
Catch22 Hampshire 24/7 works in partnership with local agencies throughout Hampshire and has office bases in the north and south of the county.
Cherry Sullivan, Project Manager at the Catch22 Hampshire 24/7 service said:
'Having, our local MP visit our service is a really positive step for the service and we are grateful to Maria for her time. We know from research that preventing young people from becoming dependent on drugs or alcohol as adults saves the nation millions. In the last 19 months we’ve helped steer in excess of 450 young people away from substance misuse and criminal involvement. Today, Maria will have seen the positive impact this service has on the health and social interaction of young people in the local community.'
Find out more about the Catch22 Hampshire 24/7 service.