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GRS has a dedicated Early Intervention Team in relation to Alcohol and Substance Misuse prevention.

Early intervention is high on the national agenda as a key principle to achieve better outcomes.

Early intervention is an approach to prevent a problem which is likely to escalate. It is often targeted and intensive, and may be a model of support or a prescriptive programme. There is a clear, interlinked relationship with prevention, which is seen as a broader continuum of more universally applied support systems to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors. There is an embryonic and emerging evidence base for early intervention nationally.

Statutory services have been focused upon managing the later stages of substance misuse and dependency. It is only in more recent times that intervening in Alcohol and Substance Misuse issues either at a very early stage or in prevention work has been facilitated in the UK more effectively. Early Interventions and prevention can be highly effective both for the individual, their family members or loved-ones and also to wider society.

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It is not a one-off fix, but a sophisticated process and a way of thinking that could be applied and tested across most services and systems. Establishing what works best for the individual.

Early Interventions and prevention can be highly effective both for the individual, their family members or loved-ones and also to wider society.

Consequently, GRS has established a range of engaging Early Interventions Substance Misuse specific modules using an educational approach and based upon tried and tested evidence based knowledge and techniques.

  • GRS Substance Misuse Early Interventions Modules

    GRS has developed a unique modular based training package which tackles the identified Substance Misuse Early Interventions need. The modules foundation is harm-reduction with a focus on educating clients around the wider issues of using substances including physical effects, psychological effects, Criminal Justice issues, emotional growth, career issues, brain development, relational issues and overall awareness of side-effects and risks in relation to the identified substance. These will be delivered to individual clients or within a family context within a Brief Intervention strategy and engagement process.

  • Individual Early Interventions Training

    Node-Link maps can be matched to a particular need or issue using Brief Intervention strategies. If required the family members/individual may be referred to other group interventions details below. The brief interventions apart from Substance Misuse modules include:-

    • Motivation to Change
    • Reducing Anger
    • Improving Communication Skills
    • Thinking Skills
    • Building Social Networks
    • BBV prevention and improving Sexual Health

    In addition to the above more than sixty-five individualised mapping interventions are available to the Programme Educator.

    Ongoing action planning could comprise elements of the outlined training below and identify TAF and external supports.

    A five-session Group-based Early Interventions Substance Misuse Education package utilising GRS modules around specific substances including:-

    • Alcohol
    • Cannabis

    General Substance Misuse awareness:-

    • NPS's
    • Stimulants
    • Depressants
    • Nitrous Oxide
    • Substance Misuse & Mental Health
    • Steroids, Body enhancing and Doping
  • GRS Substance Misuse Early Interventions Modules

    GRS has developed a unique modular based training package which tackles the identified Substance Misuse Early Interventions need. The modules foundation is harm-reduction with a focus on educating clients around the wider issues of using substances including physical effects, psychological effects, Criminal Justice issues, emotional growth, career issues, brain development, relational issues and overall awareness of side-effects and risks in relation to the identified substance. These will be delivered to individual clients or within a family context within a Brief Intervention strategy and engagement process.

  • Parenting Course

    An eight-session Parents/Carers intervention which both support and educate around Substance Misuse issues complementary to an Early Interventions and Prevention approaches. This programme uses Node-Link Mapping strategies and has a validated evidence-base. The programme is very user-friendly with the potential to be delivered and implemented by identified client-peers..

  • Communications Skills Training

    GRS has a tried and tested client-friendly programme of confidence-enhancing models of communication incorporating Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural models. With widely recognised evidence based elements. Improved communication skills is a must in terms of improving clients self-confidence, awareness and development and will support the Families First objectives of supporting clients into further training and work opportunities. Three sessions delivered as a group (ideal) or individually.

  • Community Concepts Training

    GRS has a unique skill-set including community concepts developed from established Therapeutic Community precepts. These concepts are fundamental to ensuring community cohesion and development. An example would be 'understanding the relationship between belonging to a community and individuality'. Can be delivered individually or as a three-session programme.

  • Pro-active Community Engagement

    To engage with the communities of South Wales by identification of open non-private social/peer/sport groups to reinforce key Early Interventions Substance Misuse messages to the wider community. This will be delivered by the Community Engagement Coordinator. Free Substance Misuse training to the community. This can be done in fun and creative ways using GRS modules. Focus will be on key demographic areas affected by Substance Misuse issues via parents/carers groups, social clubs and sports groups, youth or youth activity groups (including often neglected groups which have a key role in engaging disaffected youth such as Cadet, sport and social groups). By seeking to broaden the range of engaged groups, key Substance Misuse educational key messages are transmitted peer-to-peer.

    The message of Substance Misuse education is far less threatening. Improving local Early Interventions via improving Primary Schools Early Interventions Awareness. The earlier that appropriate Early Interventions and prevention work can be undertaken, the better. GRS would seek to ensure that local primary school education around Substance Misuse risks and alternatives

    Positive strategies are articulated by teachers and other related professions. This will be implemented by the Community Engagement Coordinator. Primary schools will be encouraged to develop a recognised 'Early Intervention Champion'. This can be achieved by the nationally recognised Mentor-Adepis guidance and educational resources alongside training teachers and professionals around reducing Early Interventions myths and improving Substance Misuse awareness.

  • Peer-development and upskilling

    Should GRS be successful in gaining a further extension to the initial seven month project, a goal would be to develop programme elements above to involve peer-support. Elements of programme delivery above, such (e.g. Communication Skills) can be trained and delivered by identified client peers. Developing peer-support takes time to implement, identify and train appropriate persons whilst understanding of core concepts and values. .

  • Health and pregnancy

    Issues (pre and post-natal) can be supported uniquely as part of the TAF group objectives utilising the specialist support services available both as part of the GRS team and via specialist midwife Substance Misuse support available at Singleton Maternity Unit.

  • Housing, finance, benefits, debt and budgeting

    GRS benefits from employing a former Local Authority 'Finance and Benefits Officer' that assists in delivering financial support in a seamless manner. GRS will seek to address the basic needs of clients in the above areas firstly individually and where possible utilising Node-link Mapping based individual work. Where further support is required GRS will utilise specialist community based supports. Specialist Floating Support agencies will be in the best interest of clients with developed needs and vulnerabilities.

  • Community Activities

    Dedicated monthly activities for Early Interventions clients will provide the rewards, incentives and social-growth for engaging with clients and families giving new experiences and a framework to continue developing new skills and awareness. Such activities are essential in family development and positive parenting. Activities will be organised in a collaborative manner with clients by the Programme Educator.

  • Programme Support

    Where further interventions are required this can be delivered individually. Action Plans will identify the relevant education tools namely Educational Modules or Node-Link Maps.

  • Summary

    GRS proposal represents a unique marriage of skills and programme delivery. This combines specialised dedicated Early Interventions Substance Misuse prevention backed by programme delivery expertise and community and healthcare expertise will ensure a safe, supportive and creative Substance Misuse programme which will help improve the lives of families in South Wales.

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