Support



If you are under 18 and you want to talk to someone about your drinking, or are concerned about how much a family member or friend drinks please call 01384 241440 or text on 07500 015 293 (reply within office hours).

SWITCH is a free and confidential service for young people with drug or alcohol issues. They aim to provide the support and information to help you make your own choices.

The main Switch hub will be based just round the corner from Dudley Bus Station at: 1 Castle Street Dudley West Midlands DY1 1LA

Self Referral: As a young person you can refer yourself via telephone, text, email or in person by dropping in to Switch. You can see someone at the main hub, but also in the community. Visits can take place in places like schools, training providers, college, hostels, cafés, care homes and the family home.

Friends and family: If you are worried about a young person you know, or would like support as a parent, friend or family member then you can call, text or email switch for a chat with a worker.

Tel: 01384 241 440
Text: 07500 015 293
Fax: 01384 254 728
Email: switchdudley@cranstoun.org.uk
Web: www.cranstoun.org

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Talk to Frank – friendly free confidential advice. You can call them on 0800 77 66 00, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Or you can go on the website at http://www.talktofrank.com/contact-frank and find out about other ways to get support.

If you are worried or scared about the way you or someone you know is being treated you can get support at: http://www.dudleysafeguarding.org.uk/

Switch Video

Drug and Alcohol support Adult

Drug and Alcohol support, Atlantic Recovery Centre

There are a number of local services available to support people aged 18 years and over with their drinking. To gain access to the correct service for you call the local rate number below. You can also be referred to this service by your GP or any other support service.

Tel: 01384 426120

Your GP

You can also get further support from your GP or local walk in clinic. To find out who your local GP is visit: http://www.nhs.uk

Your local pharmacy

You can get information about alcohol and support and advice from your local Pharmacy, check out Derek at: http://www.thinkpharmacy.info/

Further support:

Below are a number of different services providing information and support on healthy lifestyles. Click on the links under the area you are interested in, to take you to their website.

The What? Centre, 23 Coventry Street, Stourbridge, DY8 1EP – Drop in counselling and advice service for young people.
Website: http://www.thewhatcentre.com/
Email: thewhatcentre@aol.com
Tel: 01384 379992


Young Minds – www.youngminds.org.uk
Information on emotional well-being for children and young people

Living life to the full  – http://www.llttf.com/
User friendly information and online training in life skills

Physical Activity:
If you want to exercise & keep fit and find out what is available in the Dudley borough visit www.lets-get.com

Healthy Eating:
Dudley Public Health Nutrition Team – www.lets-get.com
Find out more about Get Cooking sessions which help people to learn how to improve their diet and cook tasty meals on a budget; recipe ideas, and a healthy eating directory giving information on where to get healthier food options around the borough.
For information on losing weight and keeping a healthy weight visit www.dudley.gov.uk/health/office-of-public-health/healthier-lifestyle/healthy-weight

Love Food Hate Waste – www.lovefoodhatewaste.com
Tips on food storage, recipe ideas for using leftovers and tools to help you reduce food waste.

Money advice:
The Money Advice Service – www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Free unbiased advice on how to manage your money. The website includes a section on young people and money as well as lots of other useful information. Telephone: 0300 500 5000

Sexual Health
Dudley Public Health Department – www.deardudley.co.uk
Information on a range of sexual health issues and services such as the C-card Scheme which provides free access to sexual health advice, condoms, pregnancy testing and Chlamydia testing.

NHS Choices Live Well – www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealthtopics
Information on sexual health.

Generic Health Information
Youth Health Talk – www.youthhealthtalk.org/
A website about young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. This is not just a website about the medical facts; this is about real people and real lives. Watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences, and feel free to join in the forums.

Need a healthy living pharmacy then visit  www.dudley.gov.uk/health/office-of-public-health/support-in-your-community/healthy-living-pharmacy