17 August 2010

A bus filled with interactive games designed to demonstrate the dangers of alcohol and drug misuse is touring the county.

Advisors will be on hand and visitors to the bus can participate in a computer simulation which, with the aid of ‘beer-goggles’, will replicate the effects of driving whilst drunk.

CAN young people services has just won a contract to deliver drug and alcohol treatment to children and young people who live in Northamptonshire.

The main aim of the service will be to ensure that young people choose not to use drugs or alcohol, and to treat those who do in order to help them live healthy and happy lives.

Cllr Joan Kirkbride, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for policy, partnerships and performance, said: “We would like parents and young people to know that if you want advice or help with drug and alcohol related issues, that they can phone and talk to an advisor.

“If the young person is in need of treatment, then they can discuss this with a drug advisor and together they can plan the help needed so that this young person can become free of all addiction.”

This is an open access service which means that CAN accept referrals from specialist agencies, GP, teachers, as well as from young people themselves. It is delivered countywide in a location suitable to each individual young person, such as youth centres.

Following successful visits to Northampton and Kettering, the bus will be parked in:

  • Corporation Street in Corby on Thursday, August 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wellingborough Town Centre on Thursday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CAN Young People Service can be contacted on 08450 556246, or e-mail ypadmin@can.org.uk