Orkney Alcohol Counselling & Advisory Service ("OACAS"), formerly Drinkwise Orkney, has been offering substance misuse Counselling and support to the people of Orkney since 1975. Alcohol and drugs problems are our specialism, but seldom come on their own, so our Counsellors may also explore linked problems such as anger, low mood/depression, grief/loss, relationship (partner, family, work colleagues etc) problems.
At present we deliver:
One-to- one Adult Counselling ages 25+
One-to-one Young People's Counselling ages 11 -25
Offender's Rehabilitation course
Seven of our Counsellors are Alcohol Focus Scotland trained and accredited. OACAS is a COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) Recognised Counselling & Counselling Skills Organisation.
We take referrals from GPs and other medical workers, Social Services and Criminal Justice, Education, Employers - and from clients direct, indeed from almost any source.
Contact us at:
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. The Service is for those aged 18 years and over self referral are accepted but GP referral is preferable with the Clients consent.
Support for those with Dual Diagnosis, Alcohol and Drug Problems.
The Team comprises of Community Mental Health Nurses and Social Care Workers. We also have direct access to Psychiatrity and Psychology Services. We are supported by Social Workers and an Occupational Therapist.
The Service offers a range of evidence based interventions to address the needs of individuals with Substance misuse issues. These include: comprehensive assessments; client centred care planning; alcohol or drug detoxification; harm reduction strategies; access to Rehabilitation programmes; Recovery based treatments; Acupuncture, Psychological Therapies; signposting to appropriate Services and Agencies; Psychoeducation and specialist advice regarding substances and Psychosocial Interventions.
We also offer Training and advice to other Agencies around substances.
The needle exchange service operates from Skerryvore Practice, Health Centre, New Scapa Road in Kirkwall. This is a free service for users of intravenous (IV) drugs and performance enhancing drugs (e.g. steroids).
The service aims to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B) and to offer information and advice to reduce the harms associated with injecting drug use. No appointment is necessary and you can drop in Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm
Requests for Home Fire Safety Visits are received in a variety of different ways. For example, through self referral, by calling the freephone number 0800 0731 999 and by working in partnership with key organisations and agencies who share aims and objectives similar to that of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
A specific URL to CSET has been set up for referrals from Partner Agencies and, via ICT section this link can be embedded within, for example, a partner's Intranet, if requested.
This document highlights the process that must be adopted when a new referral pathway is set up within an Area.
On the front page of the Scottish Fire and Rescue website, scroll to the bottom where you will see an advert to request a free HFSV.
Clicking the computer screen icon leads to 2 options:
A link for someone to refer themselves or a family member/friend for a HFSV (no partner details are required when using this link)
A link for a partner agency to refer a service user for a HFSV (partner details must be completed when using this link)
The partner agency link requires the user to register with a user name and password. This ensures a secure connection between the user and SFRS. If the same computer is used partners shouldn't have to log on every time a referral is made. However, if they use a different computer the system will require them to "log on" to confirm identity.
When the user completes the referral and hits the "submit" button, within 3 to 10 seconds the HFSV request will be added to the appropriate station "pending list" in accordance with the address of the property.
When dealing with agencies in relation to a partnership referral please advise those who will be referring about the undernoted REQUIRED information.
How Did You Hear About Us?
In most instances where partners are referring they should choose "partnership working"
Should be the name of the referrer organisation or agency. If this is not already listed, please advise Allison Gibb who will take the necessary steps to have the name added to the existing list.
Any enquiries should be directed to:
Ypeople Orkney, in partnership with Turning Point Scotland and funded by Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (OADP) has commenced two new local services, in addition to its Young Persons' Supported Accommodation Service (YPSAS).
FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE
The Ypeople Orkney Family Support Service aims to provide holistic and practical support to families to help them to minimise the effects of substance misuse upon their children. The service will use evidence-based interventions and will routinely screen for alcohol use using the FAST tool. The family support worker will help the family, and individuals, to engage with other local services, in order to ensure joined up treatment and care which meets the individual needs of service users. This is a free, professional and confidential service that welcomes referrals from all individuals and agencies.
Y-Talk is a youth counselling service for children and young people living in Orkney, aged 12-25 affected by substance misuse, either directly or indirectly. They might also be experiencing additional problems with stress, depression, anxiety, feeling down, self-harm, not coping, feeling alone or bullying.
Y-Talk provides online and telephone counselling, as well as group and one-to-one counselling services at a range of youth venues, as well as at the office at 43 Junction Road. This is a free, professional and confidential service that welcomes referrals from all individuals and agencies.
The Ypeople Orkney office is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am - 5.00pm. We offer flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends, for both the Family Support Service and Y-Talk counselling sessions. Please contact us for further details.