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We offer accessible, confidential support and advice to young people in Medway who need help with drug or alcohol problems.

We work with young people up to the age of 18, or up to the age of 21 for young people who are in care.

What do we do?

We work with people aged 10 to 18 and 10 to 21 for people in Looked After Care, who are using drugs and/or alcohol.

We will give you honest information about how they work, what the risks are, and how you can reduce those risks. You do not have to want to stop using.

We can also help if you are worried about a friend or family member and their drink or drug use.

We have helped lots of people and we can help you too.

What can we do for you?

Our services help young people in Medway and surrounding areas who are worried about their use of alcohol or drugs, or concerned about how substance abuse is affecting another young person.

A young person has a choice on:

  • Where they are seen
  • Being seen on their own or with some one you trust
  • Choice of a male or female worker

The service we provide is strictly confidential. We will only talk with other agencies if we are worried about your safety. If we do this, we will always tell you why.

Download referral form

Information and advice over the phone or at an appropriate location of your choice

Drop-in sessions where no appointment is needed

Information and advice over the phone

Group work with other young people with similar experiences

Sexual health advice

Links with other services that can help

Where we work

We support young people across the Medway area. This map shows the area we work in.

Start your journey today

Open Road Medway

55 Green Street
Gillingham
Kent

ME7 1AE

We are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Phone: 01634 566285
Email: info@openroad.org.uk

Follow @openroad_medway on Twitter

Directions

Buses 133 and 136 go straight through our service on new road Chatham

Chatham station is the closest railway link

For complaints, please follow our Complaints Policy and Procedure

“The support has helped me, I have really enjoyed the work”
“I wanted to reduce my cannabis use. I have done it and got to be where I wanted to be.”
“The support has worked, as I have been able to reduce my use”

Can you help make a difference?

We are always looking for people to come and help us make a difference in young peoples lives, if you want to be that person we have training sessions to give you the skills you need to help young people take their first step towards recovery.

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Drug & Alcohol Use Screening Tool (DUST) training

The DUST screening tool has been specifically designed for use by professionals who work with young people and have concerns about substance misuse. Our training session will give you an understanding of when and how to use the screening tool with a young person, and how to refer to specialist services.

Substance awareness training

In this half-day training session, you will work with our specialist drug and alcohol support workers to develop your understanding of substance misuse issues. The session will explore:

  • Categories and types of drugs, including new psychoactive substances (legal highs)
  • Substance misuse and the law
  • Vulnerable groups for substance misuse
  • Factors that can lead to an increased risk of substance misuse in young people