Drugs service for teens wins award

Top honour: Branching Out has been given the You're Welcome award from young people. From left: Joanna Heyes, Paul Watson, Danielle Rippon, 14, team leader Kate Hetherington and Zoe Bright, 19
Top honour: Branching Out has been given the You're Welcome award from young people. From left: Joanna Heyes, Paul Watson, Danielle Rippon, 14, team leader Kate Hetherington and Zoe Bright, 19
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A DRUG and alcohol service in Calderdale has been given a top award for making young people feel at ease.

Branching Out, at Ward’s End in Halifax, received the government’s You’re Welcome status after a rigorous assessment by young people aged 14 to 19.

The service offers confidential support and advice on alcohol and drugs for people aged 10-21, through group work, one-to-none, treatment and other activities.

The You’re Welcome status is awarded to high quality services that make young people feel comfortable.

One of the young inspectors, Danielle Rippon, 14, of Halifax, said: “Branching Out is a helpful service for young people who have problems with drugs and alcohol in their life.

“The staff were all nice and welcoming which makes it easy for young people to go to and get the support they need. The inspection recommended Branching Out deserved a You’re Welcome award”

Dr Graham Wardman, director for public health in Calderdale, said: “The award is proof that the service not only provides high quality care but that it takes into account the needs of young people.

“You’re Welcome is a way of transforming health services in Calderdale by improving acceptability, quality and choice for young people.”