Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) – Young People’s Prevention and Recovery Service

This project provides prevention education and awareness raising sessions to young people throughout the Copeland District and targets those most at risk or affected by problematic substance misuse. We offer both 1:1 and group therapeutic support to minimise harm and support long term change.

The project aims to focus on improving the health and emotional wellbeing of young people and their families (including parents and/or carers) in Copeland who have problematic alcohol and substance use issues.

It also provides support through providing information, advice and guidance plus training to professionals in Copeland who work with young people and families such as social workers, foster carers, teachers and youth workers.

Leigh Williams, Chief Executive of Cadas said, “We have been really pleased with the interest other services have shown in our service. This year has enabled us to develop some great relationships with schools, youth clubs and family support organisations who deal with substance related issues on a weekly basis. Not only have we been able to help build the capacity of those organisations but we have started to create sound referral pathways to our specialist support for those most vulnerable. This has enabled us to make a real difference in the lives of some young people and their family members as they received an intensive package of support”.

Feedback from a Copeland client who has attended a group in Hensingham this year “I can go in feeling so negative and down and come out feeling I know what I have to do to change things. [Cadas] are always there to help and listen. They have been a life saver for me.”

Other funding was provided by Lloyds TSB Foundation, Cumbria County Council – Copeland Local Committee, Cumbria County Council – Parent Carer Family Support and Cadas’ own funds.


  • 1.13 FTE Jobs safeguarded
  • 0.25 FTE Jobs created
  • 30 (adults) 40 (young people) assisted in their skills development
  • 40 Young people attending more than 10 sessions in a year


  • Young people will understand the harm that can be associated with drug and alcohol use and experience an increased ability to make informed choices about their own drug and alcohol use.
  • Young people will experience increased self awareness and emotional resilience, thereby identifying their own assets, resources and skills which will support their recovery and foster meaningful change.
  • Young people will improve their existing relationships with family and friends and begin to repair the harm caused to those relationships by their drug and alcohol use.