Kenward in the Community

Kenward in the Community is a preventive, early intervention and outreach-focused substance misuse service.

Kenward in the Community

Kenward in the Community is a preventive, early intervention and outreach-focused substance misuse service.
The project comprises of the following:

KIP (Kenward Intervention Programme)
This programme engages with young people typically in the age range 12-24, raising awareness of the issues and potential consequences of drug and alcohol dependency.

Young people are referred from schools, PRUs, specialist youth support agencies (e.g. those working with NEETs), other drug and alcohol services, Community Wardens, Social Services, Health service providers, GPs, CSUs and FIP workers, etc.

This intervention is particularly relevant for those who are at risk of exclusion from school or of entering the criminal justice system for the first time due to drug or alcohol use and/or those who have dropped out of other (treatment) services or failed to engage.

Working with families
We will engage with families where alcohol and drug dependency has been indicated as an issue; a cause or consequence of negative behaviour, family dysfunction, school exclusion or non-attendance, debt, offending, unemployment, domestic abuse, risks to health and wellbeing, or anti-social behaviour – either within the family or externally in the wider community.

Family intervention is undertaken either as a consequence of our engagement with young people within other work streams or as a result of direct referrals from local authorities, Social Services / Troubled Families programme co-ordinators (& FIP workers), Community Health services and other agencies.

ASB Hot Spot response
A highly flexible and responsive local service, delivering a targeted intervention in the evenings and weekends where required.

Responding to alerts of anti-social behaviour, community safety concerns such as discarded syringes or other drug paraphernalia, vandalism and/or disturbances where drug and alcohol misuse is considered to be a factor.

Outreach workers and Volunteers engage with young people and other groups to provide advice, support and to raise awareness of the risks of substance misuse for the individual, their family and friends.

Support to Business services
We offer a programme of support for employers and employees via Employee Assistance Programs, to address the often hidden problem of alcohol and drug dependency issues within the workplace.

We also provide training in alcohol and drug awareness for managers and employees.

If you are concerned about someone in your organization please get in touch in confidence.  

Community Events
Kenward in the Community visits events across the region to promote the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

Schools / Think Differently
We are able to visit schools and tailor make lessons or full days, to education young people, highlighting substance misuse and anti social behavior.

“Think Differently” was a series of roadshows that the Kenward Trust’s, Kenward in the Community ran with KMFM. The roadshows visited schools across Kent to update young people and answer any questions on the potential consequences of drug, substance and alcohol misuse, dependency and anti-social behaviour. Find out more by here.

We also work in partnership with Councils and Safety Partnerships to support the issues associated with anti social behavior particularly younger people.

Who are the key people who will deliver the project?
The Kenward in the Community team is made up of people from diverse social backgrounds who all have an excellent reputation in delivering youth services. They work together to deliver the Kenward Intervention Programme and community outreach work with hard to reach young people where drugs and alcohol can be causing anti social behaviour.

John Shanley - Kenward Trust Project Manager
John Shanley has a degree in Young and Community and has delivered substance misuse youth work for 14 years for Kenward Trust and before that 5 years of youth work in clubs and street outreach.

Andy Watson - Substance and ASB Outreach Youth Worker.
Andy Watson use to be a client at Kenward in 2003 and he since has gone on to do some amazing stuff with young people and adults helping them to look at their lives in addiction and young people who are starting to abuse drugs and alcohol and causing ASB. Andy delivers outreach youth work and other Educational and intervention work for the Kenward youth services. In the attachment you will see a Picture of him getting an award for his work with young people in the Sevenoaks district who put Andy forward for an award.

Andy also goes to other countries and helps projects who are in need of support and shares his faith. The money Andy earns goes into helping others, he is an amazing man and he is a very big asset to the Kenward youth team.

An example of his work in Sevenoaks. The Sevenoaks district had an issue of young people abusing the train line from Swanley to Otford and were using Cannabis and Alcohol while at the train stations or on the trains Andy started to travel on the trains and worked with groups of young people who were abusing the trains and stations he did this over a few months and helped to reduce the ASB with other community safer partnership members like the police and rail service. Andy also supports our volunteers from HMP ESP and helps them to focus on their recovery while they are supporting young people Andy has Help Ex-offenders not to reoffend and to look at a positive life in front of them when they leave Prison.

We are thrilled that Andy recently won a Community Safety award at the "Making it Happen" Community & Voluntary Awards.

Paula Da Silva - Youth Outreach Worker
Paula has been delivering Youth work and community outreach for 5 years, Paula also has a diverse past around family and drug abuse. Her life story is very impacting of females groups.

For more information on these services please contact Kenward in the Community Project Manager John Shanley - tel 01622 814187 mobile 079884 80736, email: john.shanley@kenwardtrust.org.uk

 

“Think Differently” was a series of roadshows that the Kenward Trust’s, Kenward in the Community ran with KMFM.

Kenward in the Community is a preventive, early intervention and outreach-focused substance misuse service.  The roadshows visited schools across Kent to update young people,and answer any questions on the potential consequences of drug, substance and alcohol misuse, dependency and anti-social behaviour.

Using real life stories and experiences from individuals with previous drug and alcohol addictions, ex-offenders and current prison volunteers, the Kenward Intervention Programme (KIP) engages with young people, typically in the age range 12-24, raising awareness of the issues and potential consequences of drug and alcohol dependency. All the young people that participate have had an issue or have been affected by drugs and alcohol in some way. Some have been involved in anti social behaviour and have been arrested, cautioned or warned by the police. They may be living in supported housing, excluded from an educational establishment or have trouble finding work. A large percentage of the young people reported having family relationship problems with parents. Young people are referred from schools, PRUs, specialist youth support agencies (e.g. those working with NEETs), other drug and alcohol services, Community Wardens, Social Services, Health service providers, GPs, CSUs and FIP workers, etc.

We deliver an average of 21 KIP's each year with young people from across West, Mid and North Kent. In 2015, 188 young people attended a KIP at the main Kenward site at Yalding. We also offer follow up and 1-2-1 sessions for young people who may benefit from further individual support. These are funded in part by grants received from four council areas; Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Malling and Sevenoaks.

KIP helps young people to make an informed choice due to contact and conversation with people who have been caught up in crime and addiction, because their lives have been affected by substance misuse. The programme helps young people to see these issues of crime and addiction and how it affects people. It outlines starkly that if they continue to follow the path they are on, then there will be multiple, negative consequences.

We will launch the new classroom programme, called Think Differently, in partnership with the KM Group  and will involve a roadshow style event working with KMFM, at 5 schools across Kent and Medway before working with Kent County Council and Medway City Council to promote the programme to schools across the county.

Who are the key people who will deliver the project?
The Kenward in the Community team is made up of people from diverse social backgrounds who all have an excellent reputation in delivering youth services. They work together to deliver the Kenward Intervention Programme and community outreach work with hard to reach young people where drugs and alcohol can be causing anti social behaviour.

John Shanley - Kenward Trust Project Manager
John Shanley has a degree in Young and Community and has delivered substance misuse youth work for 14 years for Kenward Trust and before that 5 years of youth work in clubs and street outreach.

Andy Watson - Substance and ASB Outreach Youth Worker.
Andy Watson use to be a client at Kenward in 2003 and he since has gone on to do some amazing stuff with young people and adults helping them to look at their lives in addiction and young people who are starting to abuse drugs and alcohol and causing ASB. Andy delivers outreach youth work and other Educational and intervention work for the Kenward youth services. In the attachment you will see a Picture of him getting an award for his work with young people in the Sevenoaks district who put Andy forward for an award.

Andy also goes to other countries and helps projects who are in need of support and shares his faith. The money Andy earns goes into helping others, he is an amazing man and he is a very big asset to the Kenward youth team.

An example of his work in Sevenoaks. The Sevenoaks district had an issue of young people abusing the train line from Swanley to Otford and were using Cannabis and Alcohol while at the train stations or on the trains Andy started to travel on the trains and worked with groups of young people who were abusing the trains and stations he did this over a few months and helped to reduce the ASB with other community safer partnership members like the police and rail service. Andy also supports our volunteers from HMP ESP and helps them to focus on their recovery while they are supporting young people Andy has Help Ex-offenders not to reoffend and to look at a positive life in front of them when they leave Prison.

We are thrilled that Andy recently won a Community Safety award at the "Making it Happen" Community & Voluntary Awards.

Paula Da Silva - Youth Outreach Worker
Paula has been delivering Youth work and community outreach for 5 years, Paula also has a diverse past around family and drug abuse. Her life story is very impacting of females groups.

Please click here to find out more information about Kenward in the Community or contact John Shanley, on 01622 814187 or email john.sahnley@kenwardtrust.org.uk

Please click here to visit the Think Differently website and here to listen to Andy speaking on KMFM.

Feedback from Knole Academy:

"Thank you so much for sending Andy Watson to present to our students today.
There are few words that would do him justice, but the Principal of the school described him as phenomenal. He was a real inspiration to the young people and his personal journey held them transfixed. His message was clear and will long be remembered. We would love to have him back next year or on a daily basis. Please pass on our thanks to him for his time, and his sharing of his journey."

Feedback from a recent school:

"Thank you so much for sending your excellent speakers to our PACE day. Andy and Paula were fantastic and I have had a lot of feedback from teachers saying that the students were hanging on their every word!
I would love to have them in again next year as although we teach about drugs and alcohol in both PSHE and science lessons it is invaluable for them to have a real insight into the damage that is done to real lives and how quickly it can all spiral."

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