Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.

Service Overview

Just telling teenagers about the dangers of drugs doesn’t work, nor does trying to scare them with horrendous imagery or the telling of horror stories. Risk is inevitable and teens will engage in risk taking behaviour regardless. They are built for it, experimenting and risk taking is all part of their growth.

Targeted Lifeskills Service offers an age appropriate lifeskills and harm reduction programme for groups of young people age 11-21 that are at risk of alcohol or drug use. ASCERT provide this service in the Western Trust area and in a partnership with Start360 in the Northern Trust area. It is available to organisations or services working with existing groups of young people that they consider are have a higher risk of alcohol or drug use problems than young people generally. They may be at risk because of their behaviours, their personal circumstances, where they live, or there may be evidence that they are already experimenting with substances.

The Targeted LIfeskills Service engages the young people in a structured programme tailored to the needs of the group and delivered over a number of sessions. These sessions will focus on lifeskills that strengthen the young person’s skills in managing the choices they make and risks they take, such as communication, dealing with emotions or decision making. These can be supplemented with harm reduction sessions focusing on particular types of substances that may be a particular risk or relevance for that group.


Information for group referrers

The Targeted Life Skills Service is for young people aged 11-21 years, who are deemed at risk of misusing drugs and/or alcohol. We can deliver to young people in a variety of statutory or community settings. We don’t normally deliver in schools unless there are identified groups about which there is a specific concern. The programme is normally 4 – 8 sessions, which are interactive and designed to cater the needs of the young people, taking into account their age and learning ability. The programme will normally be delivered in your venue.

If you are working with a group of young people you think would benefit from a programme, you can complete the online referral form below or give us a call to discuss it.

For further information contact us:

T: 0800 2545123

Delivered in partnership between ASCERT and Start360 


Make an online referral to Targeted Lifeskills

  • Preferred Program

    Targeted Life skills is delivered in either the Northern Health & Social Care Trust or Western Health & Social Care Trust area.
  • Organisation Contact Details

    Please provide details of the organisation requesting to access this service and who we should liaise with regarding the referral request.
  • The Participants

    Do not tick any of the boxes if you do not wish to be contacted.