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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Community Outreach team are continuing to provide support within the local community. Our Think Differently Service will be running digitally or via social distancing for schools and community groups, to find out more information email reception@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

Kenward in the Community

Kenward in the Community is a preventive, early intervention and outreach-focused substance misuse service.
The Kenward in the Community team has a valuable reputation in delivering alcohol and substance youth services. They work together to deliver early intervention programmes, community outreach and Think Differently; our alcohol and substance education programme for schools in Kent and Medway.  

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 employers and employees support via our Employee Assistance Programs. Throughout the programme, we address the hidden problems of alcohol and drug dependency issues within the workplace. In addition, we provide essential training in alcohol and drug awareness for both managers and employees. If you are concerned about someone in your organisation, it is important to address it. Please get in touch to find out how we can help.

Community Events
Kenward in the Community visits events across the region to promote the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. Through our Community Events, we can educate and raise awareness to an audience.

Think Differently
Think Differently is our project which visits schools and tailor makes days to educate young people, highlighting substance misuse and anti-social behaviour. The programme focuses on real life stories and experiences from individuals with previous substance addictions, ex-prisons and current prison volunteers. Through our Think Differently programme, we can raise awareness of the issues and potential consequences of drug and alcohol dependency to young people. The stories shared in sessions focus on thoughts, feelings, behaviours and underlying issues, and reveal how the choices they make can have an effect in their life, family and community.

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

Are you a teacher or youth group leader looking to educate young people about the consequences of substance abuse? Please get in touch to find out more, or visit the Think Differently visit their website here.

Who are the key people who will deliver the project?
The Kenward in the Community team is comprised 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 since 2003 for Kenward Trust. Before his time at Kenward Trust, John had been working in youth clubs and street outreach for 5 years..

Andy Watson - Substance and ASB Outreach Youth Worker.

Andy Watson was a previous client at Kenward Trust in 2003. Since then, Andy has done some amazing work with young people and adults that are faced with addiction. He has also offered his assistance to young people that are starting to abuse drugs and alcohol, causing ASB. Andy also delivers outreach youth work and other educational work for the Kenward youth services.

In addition to his exceptional youth work, Andy visits other countries and helps projects that are in need of support. The money Andy earns goes into helping others and is an asset to the Kenward youth team.

Andy has demonstrated how valuable his work is in several circumstances, especially in Sevenoaks. Faced with an issue of cannabis and alcohol abuse on the train line, Andy started to travel on affected trains with the young people that were abusing them. Over the period of a few weeks, Andy worked with these people and helped to reduce the ASB, alongside the community safer partnership members such as the police and rail service.

In addition, Andy supports our volunteers from HMP ESP and helps them to focus on their recovery. He has helped ex-prisoners not to re offend, and to look at a positive life in front of them when they leave prison. These volunteers have made a big impact on the young people during their Think Differently sessions.

Paula Da Silva - Youth Outreach Worker
Paula has been delivering Youth work and community outreach for more than 6 years, Paula also has a diverse past around family and drug abuse, and sharing her life story has a big impact of females groups.

What To Do Next
For more information on these services please contact:

Kenward in the Community Project Manager- John Shanley
01622 814187/ 079884 80736
john.shanley@kenwardtrust.org.uk 

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