Merton Young Person’s Risk and Resilience Service (C22 DiSC)

Specialist service integrating substance misuse treatment, detached youth work and sexual health provision.

Young people aged 11 to 24-years-old | London Borough of Merton

Merton Risk and Resilience DiSC LogoThis specialist service aims to increase young people’s engagement in diversionary activities that support reductions in the use of substances, and promote sexual health and positive health choices. Early intervention, prevention and resilience building activities are offered along with the direct provision of specialist substance misuse treatment for young people aged up to 24-years-old.

Support for young people

Sexual health

C-Card LogoSupport includes:

  • registration for C-Card
  • access to free condoms
  • access to sexual health information and advice
  • sexual Health/C-Card training for Merton professionals.

Detached youth work

DA Edge Bus MertonSupport includes:

  • information and advice stalls via the ‘DA EDGE’ mobile bus across Merton
  • brief sexual health and drug and alcohol interventions
  • diversionary activities and projects as part of the risk and resilience building programme.

Substance misuse

Support includes:

  • comprehensive assessment and specialist care with planned one-to-one support and treatment interventions
  • alcohol, drugs and sex and relationships education (SRE) workshops for young people
  • consultancy and training for professionals working with young people using and/or at risk of using substances, either in-house or on a multi-delegate basis.

Approach

Using a single point of access, individual needs are assessed and a support plan developed that includes shared goals to improve family life and supports building resilience. Young people are then supported according to their individual needs, such as through one-to-one work, drop-in sessions, peer support and awareness-raising training.

The team builds relationships with young people that seek to increase their engagement in diversionary activities, such as health based activities , DJ workshops, photography, urban dance and football, that support the reduction in the use of substances, promote sexual health and positive healthy choices.

Support for parents and carers

Recognising the important role of the family and carers in a young person’s journey, Catch22 in Merton also offer advice and support to parents and carers in a number of different forms, such as through training, awareness raising, peer support, group work and one-to-one sessions.

Support for professionals

In addition, the experienced team offers training and support to professionals working with young people across Merton. Through a commitment to partnership working across the borough, staff seek to achieve a seamless delivery for the young people using the service and their families.

Service user involvement

Young people are offered the opportunity to be actively involved in the delivery of the service, enabling them to participate in meaningful ways, such as through recruitment and volunteering.

The name C22 DiSC (DA EDGE, information, Substance Misuse, C-Card) was chosen by young people in Merton.

Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Referrals can be made by completing the referral form and emailing it to

Referrals are accepted directly from young people, from parents/carers and from other people who are concerned about a young person. Staff work proactively with partner organisations across Merton to ensure there are clear referral pathways.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service

Volunteers play an important role in the service. Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.