Substance abuse charity opens new facility for teenagers

AN organisation which supports individuals and families struggling with substance abuse has opened a new residential facility for teenagers.

Silkworth Lodge’s Therapeutic Residental programme – called Hope House – will allow young people to stay on site in St Clement for a period of time in line with their needs. They will have access to services to help with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol or substance abuse.

Jason Wyse, chief executive at Silkworth Charity Group, said: ‘We have been told by young people, families and services who turn to us for help, that somewhere like what we are offering will be a place of fresh starts and hope. The participation of young people in the programme will provide them with the firm foundation for those fresh starts with the range of therapeutic services that will be available, which the Silkworth Charity Group have invested heavily into as we know this is a service that is much needed for young people.’

As part of their individual care plan, young people taking part in the programme will have access to a structured daily routine, comprising:

  • A dedicated counsellor with one-to-one time, five days a week.

  • A range of therapeutic activities, including art and music therapy, to explore feelings and gain an understanding of emotions.

  • Focus groups to explore physical and emotional needs and personal resources they can use to meet their needs.

  • Tutor and study time to encourage continued education.

  • Introduction to new hobbies, interests and sports activities.

  • Services such as yoga and meditation.

  • Support for those young people who may be continuing their education journey outside the Island at university.

Young people who may be eligible for the service must be considering making positives changes, experience a level of emotional distress and or poor choices to manage emotions and consent to fully engaging in the programme.

For further information, and to organise a visit to the new young person’s facility, contact Mr Wyse on 729060 or email

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