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The Drug and Alcohol Support Service (DASS) works with young people under 25 in Portsmouth who are using substances. The service is free and confidential.

You can refer a young person to the service online.

What we offer

Face-to-face meetings for young people

A worker from DASS can meet a young person in a variety of places such as their home, school, family hubyouth club or even a coffee shop.

Drop-in sessions for parents

The service also offers confidential, supportive drop-in sessions for Portsmouth parents who have concerns or questions. This can be around their child’s substance use, or potential use of drugs or alcohol. These run from DASS building every 3rd Monday of the month between 1pm-3pm.

Training for professionals and schools

DASS provides training to organisations and staff who work with young people to offer substance misuse support. If you are part of a team and would like to arrange for one of our trainers to deliver at your place of work, please reach out for more information: DASS@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

We also offer Drug and Alcohol Awareness training twice a year. You can book on this through learning support team – if you don’t have access to this you can contact us directly at DASS@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

You can learn more about our support for professionals here.

A confidential service

The service is confidential in line with safeguarding policies. This means the worker would only discuss the young person with others if there was a risk of serious harm, and they would normally discuss this with the young person first if possible.

DASS encourages parent involvement, but only where a young person is comfortable with this – it’s not a requirement to access support.

Drop-ins and events

  • Young Person – open access Monday and Tuesday evenings, 5.30-8pm
  • Parent/Carer Support – Every third Monday of the month, 1-3pm

The drop-in sessions take place at the DASS building (55 Kingston Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, PO2 7DP).

Testimonials from young people

Here are some of the ways we’ve helped young people in Portsmouth.

“Finn has been so helpful in the short time we have worked together, I feel like I can fully trust him and be honest with him about how I feel with no judgement. He has made me feel more comfortable with myself and ultimately has done his job with supporting me to stop misusing substances. I appreciate the effort he put in to our sessions”

Get involved

If you’re interested in helping to support DASS, there are volunteering opportunities along with placements for university students.

Please contact DASS for more information at DASS@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Contact us

A young person can contact DASS directly if they want support, or an adult like a teacher or youth worker can contact the service on behalf of the young person if they have their permission. Please see our Self-referral/Professionals to complete a referral now.

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