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Tier 2 – Drug and Alcohol Brief Interventions

What does Tier 2 brief drug and alcohol interventions cover?

  • Using the drug/alcohol screening or assessment tools to identify what is going on and what can help
  • Advice and information on drugs and alcohol
  • Brief interventions to support and help young people identify and make changes in their use of drugs/alcohol and find alternatives
  • Harm reduction advice
  • Referral to more specialist services to help a young person with their drug or alcohol use and support them to access and engage with that service
  • Relapse prevention work to support a young person maintain the changes they make

Who delivers it?

A wide range of agencies and voluntary youth groups deliver Tier 2 brief drug and alcohol interventions. These tend to be young people focused with some drug and alcohol experience and specialist knowledge of working with young people. This includes for example youth workers, counsellors, student support in schools and colleges, school nurses and supported housing workers. There is also some specific options for young people such as Targeted Youth Support Service and the Further Education Colleges in Somerset.


Targeted Youth Support Service (TYSS)

TYSS works with young people aged 13 -19 years old, where drug and alcohol problems are beginning to impact on young people’s lives (e.g. poor school attendance, lack of motivation linked to alcohol or drug use, increasingly risky behaviours). 

TYS are a county wide service working from various local area bases.  There is a central phone number and email address if you and/or a young person wants to contact them for help and support to address alcohol or drug use.

Phone: 01458 440 820 - when the phone is answered they will say 'Young People Somerset'.

Email: TYSEnquiries@somerset.gov.uk

The details for the four area TYS teams are:

Further Education Colleges across Somerset

All  the Colleges have staff trained to work to tier 2 level and can support their students with drug and alcohol problems. The contact point in each college is:

Somerset College:

  • Keira Pound on 01823 366 402 or
  • Helen Carpenter on 01823 366 520

Yeovil College :

  • 01935 423 921 and ask to speak to someone in the Student Support Services Team

Strode College:

  • Student Support Centre on 01458 844 545

Bridgwater College:

  • Health Promotions Team on 01278 844 545

Richard Huish College:

  • Clare Pinney on 01823 320 800
Advice and information on drugs and alcohol to support young people make positive changes

Office Address:
Somerset Drug & Alcohol Partnership
Somerset County Council
County Hall (PP B3S 2)
Taunton TA1 4DY
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