Countess of Wessex visit

9 October 2017 Posted by

Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex accompanied by Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and President of substance misuse treatment charity Bosence Farm formally opened the new 8-bed Young People and Families unit on Monday 18th September, before touring the existing services at the Bosence Farm Community.

The new facility is the only one of its kind in the country, with a ground-breaking programme enabling young people to make positive change and realise their dreams and potential.

The Countess unveiled a plaque which mirrored exactly the one unveiled by her husband, the Earl of Wessex when he opened the then new detox and stabilisation centre for adults at Bosence Farm in 2010.  This has significantly contributed to improving treatment services for adults since.

Bosence Farm Community in West Cornwall has successfully operated residential services for individuals with substance misuse issues for 26 years.

Bosence Farm Detoxification (Boswyns) is a 16-bed Detox, Stabilisation and Assessment unit for adults in need of a medically led detoxification or stabilisation from illicit drugs, alcohol or prescribed medications.

Bosence Farm Residential Rehabilitation is a 14-bed longer stay service for adults who wish to address their drug and alcohol misuse utilising a 12 step facilitation model.

The new addition, Bosence Farm Young People provides residential accommodation and a bespoke treatment programme for young people experiencing issues with substance misuse and related needs such as mental health, behavioural issues and family breakdown.  The Bosence Farm Young People’s Residential Programme is designed for young people who are experiencing substance misuse problems but whose complexity requires a more intensive treatment approach that cannot be met in their communities.

Whilst we are doing all that we can to prevent young people drinking alcohol or taking drugs and these problems arising in the first place, we recognised that for some of our more vulnerable young people, who have experienced significant adversity in their lives, we were not always successful.  Most young people who experience alcohol and drug-related problems can be successfully helped in the community, however a small number have much greater challenges to overcome and more complex needs.

Cornwall has a higher than average number of young people being admitted to hospital for alcohol related problems. To be able to adequately help them, and stop this becoming an entrenched problem in adulthood, requires a period of respite or a more intensive approach in a residential setting. Previously young people have been sent as far afield as Sussex and the Midlands to access these services, which makes it almost impossible to manage successfully, and it is for this reason that the Council and the Community Safety Partnership supported the bid from Bosence Farm Community to Public Health England for the capital funding to build this unit in Cornwall.

Cornwall Councillor Sally Hawken Cabinet Member for Children & Wellbeing said: ‘It’s really welcome to have a service specifically for young people here in Cornwall, to receive the treatment they need.’

The opening was attended by Marion Barton from the Drug and Alcohol Action team and Paul Walker, Chair of the Community Safety Partnerships.

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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