What is AfterCare?
AfterCare services offer support for people who have experienced problems with drugs and/or alcohol and are ready to reintegrate into the community. The aim is to help individuals sustain their recovery and move on in their lives. To achieve this, AfterCare practitioners work with clients to develop their skills, prepare them for education & training and build up their social and family support networks.
At WDP, we recognise that drug users are a diverse group of individuals who are at different stages in their employment and learning routes. To accommodate this diversity, all WDP clients accessing our AfterCare services receive a comprehensive assessment covering substance misuse, Education Training Employment (ETE), family, relationships and social problems including housing and benefits. Following these assessments, an agreed care plan is formulated and clients are allocated to the relevant interventions available.
The types of services available at WDP’s AfterCare programmes include:
- One-to-one and group sessions, to provide advice and support, and create a safe space for discussion
- Counseling and psychology: offering clients opportunities to discuss and address any underlying issues affecting their emotional well being and the risk of relapse
- Relapse Prevention Programme: these sessions offer individuals opportunities to develop coping strategies to enable them to maintain their stability
- Education, Training & Employment (ETE) workshops covering a range of subjects including how to write a CV and fill in an application form, interview techniques, barriers to employment, confidence building, goal setting and disclosure of criminal records when applying for a job. These ETE services also include sessions aimed at supporting clients with finding employment, voluntary opportunities or college placements.
- Skills for Life tutoring which is an opportunity for clients to gain nationally recognised qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and IT (computers)
- Advice and information on benefits and housing
- Coordinated social activities and social networking