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Offering health-related services, support and information to young people aged 12-21 in the Leith and north east Edinburgh area. Sam Anderson Project Manager and Founder. Leith. An area of high density housing and economic disadvantage, where there is also a fear of crime

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Offering health-related services, support and information to young people aged 12-21 in the Leith and north east Edinburgh area.

Sam Anderson

Project Manager and Founder

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Leith

An area of high density housing and economic disadvantage, where there is also a fear of crime

Situated in the bottom 15% Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation data zones.

Leith has a particularly poor health record with

• drug related deaths (69% above Scottish average)

• alcohol related/attributable hospital admissions (122% above Scottish average)

• suicide/self-harm hospital admissions (103% above Scottish average)

• teenage pregnancies (228% above Scottish average)

• psychiatric-first hospital admissions (51% above Scottish average).

Health Scotland 2004

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Drop In

Casual – no planning

required

Familiar – part of the community

Group work and Education Programmes

Respond to community issues

Style and approach

Informed by young people

Counselling

agency referral

Self referral

Adult-led

and peer-led

Prevention

and health promotion

1:1 and close support

Learning, engagement, relationships, role models

Trusted

– word gets around

Discreet –

use for any reason

Community-based, accessible information and advice

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The Junction 2010

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Layered approach to meeting young people’s needs

Layers enhance accessibility and flexibility of support

Creates safety for young people, enhancing their agency and choice

Reduces “referral breakdown” and enables gradual exit

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The Junction 2010

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Service statistics 2010 *

  • Received 1327 visits to drop-ins, including the busiest ever month with 170 visits in July 2010
  • Delivered 435 c:card consultations, of which 106 were first-time users
  • Received 82 referrals for the counselling and alcohol support services, and 18 for one-to-one support
  • Offered 661 counselling sessions
  • Delivered 31 workshops to 620 young people on alcohol awareness, stress, mental health and sexual health
  • Published 7 infozines

* All figures cover the 12 month period 1st Dec 2009 – 30th Nov 2010 inclusive

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Things get really complicated, Jen always thought counselling was really heavy but trusts the Junction and self refers

Life hits a rough patch, Jen doesn’t know where to turn

Junction staff offer some 1:1 to help her sort her feelings out

Things feel better, Jen joins in some groups

Jen much more confident to deal with things – knows the Junction is there when she needs it

Jen, enjoying life, curious about a few things so goes to Junction to see what it’s about and get some info

Jen likes the place, drops in every so often

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The Junction 2010

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John feels much better but wonders how he’ll cope alone

John referred directly into counselling

John gets involved in community stuff – pops into the Junction from time to time

The Junction can offer 1:1 to strengthen John’s social skills

John feels confident enough to join some groups

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The Junction 2010

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Worked with Evaluation Support Scotland to develop a robust range of methods:

  • Bi-annual Voice Your Choice
  • Hurrah Book
  • Survey Monkey
  • Rickter Scale
  • Third Party Testimonials
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Examples of our evaluative work:

  • Our twice yearly focus days ‘Voice Your Choice’ show that 77% of young people who use our open access services are more likely to make safer sex choices
  • Group outreach session evaluations demonstrate young people’s increased knowledge and understanding of specific health issues
  • Through pre- and post-counselling intervention assessments young people have reported developing healthier coping strategies and increased self-belief. Evaluations demonstrated an increased understanding of stress and anger management techniques
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Qualitative evidence from young people and third parties:

“They made me feel welcome”

“I learned the art of compromise”

“I feel more confident in how I can help a friend who is sad”

“My experience has been great. The Junction was so nice to me and they really helped me a lot”

“I can discuss my feelings with someone I trust”

“My clients have always found the counselling to be incredibly helpful and always utterly safe, caring, respectful and responsive to their needs”