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CAN YP Team Oxfordshire - Brief introduction

CAN Young People Team is the newly commissioned specialist Drug & Alcohol service for young people in Oxfordshire. The new service started on 1st October 2014 and has taken over from Addaction. CAN have been commissioned for 3 years to deliver the specialist service.

CAN is a charity and has over 40 years experience working in the Drug & Alcohol field. They currently have Specialist Drug & Alcohol services for young people in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire & Oxfordshire. CAN is part of Richmond Fellowship a mental health charity.

CAN Young People's Team is a free, confidential drug and alcohol service for young people under the age of 19 and their families/carers in Oxfordshire. CAN Young People's Team aim to provide information, education, advice and treatment to young people in relation to drug and alcohol use.

The role of the Specialist Drug & Alcohol worker is to support young people to address their drug and alcohol misuse, reduce the harm caused by it and prevent it from becoming a greater problem as they get older.


Who can access CAN Young People's team?

  • A young person who is concerned about someone else's drug or alcohol use including parents, carers, siblings or friends
  • A young person who is misusing drugs or alcohol
  • A young person who would like some advice & information regarding drugs and/or alcohol.

What do CAN offer?

  • Confidential information, education and harm reduction advice around drug and alcohol use.
  • Structured 1:1 work. Structured psychosocial interventions for young people who are misusing drugs and or alcohol. Intensive 1 to 1 work that aims to reduce risks and bring about behaviour change
  • Hidden Harm work. Structured psychosocial interventions for children and young people whose parents, carers or other members of the family are misusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Brief Advice & information. One off brief advice & information sessions aimed at reducing risk.
  • Outreach work. Targeting vulnerable groups such as Looked After Children, young people living in supported housing and young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training. Raising awareness of the service we can offer, giving advice & information, with the aim to reduce risk and encourage referrals into the service.
  • Group information, education and harm reduction sessions for targeted groups. Provided on request at various outreach venues throughout Oxfordshire including: Schools; Pupil Referral Units; Complimentary Education Centers; Supported Housing Projects; Children's Homes.
  • Advice for professionals concerned about a young person and appropriateness of referral.
  • Professionals training sessions. Providing information regarding drugs and alcohol. Information regarding current trends, how to engage young people and referral routes.
  • Awareness campaigns. CAN YP team will develop and deliver campaigns throughout the county that look to raise awareness of risk and ensure information is circulated to all young people. These campaigns will be developed with young people accessing our service or part of our youth steering group.

CAN YP Team Oxfordshire

CAN YP Team are a specialist service that is offered countywide. We have a dedicated worker for each area based at the Early Intervention Hubs. We also have two dedicated outreach workers, one based at a North and one a South hub.

Area based working throughout Oxfordshire and Referral System

There is a specialist Drug & Alcohol worker based at each Early Intervention Hub.

Whilst the workers are part of the hub team and have an office base there CAN also see young people out in the community in suitable youth venues wherever our young people feel safe. CAN usually see young people in schools, youth counseling offices as well as on occasions in their own homes. CAN offer a county wide service.

There is a single request-for-service system. Before referring a young person it is imperative that their consent is obtained.

Please contact the nearest hub to request a referral form for one to one interventions.

Young people in Oxfordshire are entitled to a confidential service and as such a referral can be made without the consent of parents. With consent from the young person information will be shared with the hub team to ensure that holistic support can be provided.

Please call the hub nearest you and ask to speak to the CAN worker for further information if you would like to request outreach or group work or would like to discuss a referral.

CAN can also be contacted via web site or alternatively email [email protected]

All CAN staff have undergone enhanced DBS checks.

Hub contact details:

  • Abingdon Hub: The Net, Stratton Way, Abingdon, OX14 3RG, [email protected], 0845 6029279 / 01865 328400
  • Banbury Hub: Banbury Youth Centre, Hilton Road, Banbury, OX16 0EJ, [email protected], 0845 6029288 / 01865 328440
  • Bicester Hub: The Courtyard Youth Arts Centre, Launton Road, Bicester, OX26 6DJ, [email protected], 0845 6029298 / 01865 328470
  • Didcot Hub: The Vibe Youth Centre, Park Road, Didcot, OX11 8QX, [email protected], 0845 6029299 / 01865 328480
  • East Oxford Hub: Union Street Centre for Young People, East Oxford, OX4 1JP, [email protected], 0845 6029315 / 01865 328490
  • Littlemore Hub: Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 6JY, [email protected], 0845 6416424 / 01865 816202
  • Witney Hub: Witney Youth Centre, Witan Way, Witney, OX28 4YA [email protected], 0845 6029284 / 01865 328730





Leigh Rusling

Service Manager


07817 881277


Gemma Lyon

Outreach Worker

North of County

07702 712591


Paul Wolstenhulme

Outreach Worker

South of County

07817 825514


Sue Kovacs

Specialist D&A Worker

Abingdon Hub Area

0845 6029279

07789 942620

Chris Papadopoulos

Specialist D&A Worker

Banbury Hub Area

0845 6029288

07825 932661

Hannah Roche

Specialist D&A Worker

Bicester Hub Area

0845 6029298

07917 627488

Fran Flatman

Specialist D&A Worker

Didcot Hub Area

0845 6029299

07827 233246

Laura Winter-Kirkham

Specialist D&A Worker

East Oxford Hub Area

0845 6029315

07824 599747

Hannah Kemp

Specialist D&A Worker

Littlemore Hub Area

0845 6416424

07917 627485

Laura Bishop

Specialist D&A Worker

Witney Hub Area

0845 6029284

07789 982252

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact CAN. If they are not available at the hub or are busy when you call please leave your contact details and they will get back to you as soon as possible. CAN are always happy to help and support you.

Website: - www.can.org.uk


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