Chill Out Sound Support

Contact name: 
Neil Brooks
Position: 
Manager
Organization: 
Chill Out Sound Support
Telephone: 
0115 845 2361
Address: 
Chill Out Sound Support : Floor2, Waverley Health Centre, 105-107 Portland Rd, Radford, Nottingham NG7 4HE, UK
Fax: 
0115 8452360
Summary

Chill Out Sound Support (COSS) is a Nottingham (UK) based project providing appropriate information about drugs and safer clubbing practices, with the aim of eliminating, or minimising, the risks associated with drug use. The information is particularly aimed at mild to problematic recreational and experimental drug users. The project offers a pragmatic approach, providing information that relates to the client groups' own attitudes and lifestyles.

Abstract

Objectives

Providing appropriate information about drugs and safer clubbing practices with the aim of eliminating or minimising, the risks associated with drug use. This information is particularly aimed at mild to problematic recreational and experimental drug users. The project offers a pragmatic approach, providing information that relates to the client groups' own attitudes and lifestyles.

Characteristics
  • Harm reduction advice and information,
  • One to one crisis intervention and ongoing support, based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing,
  • Holistic therapies provided as part of a care plan, including Aromatherapy, Auricular Acupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki, Massage and Hot Stone Therapy,
  • Outreach sessions in night-time venues,
  • Information stalls at relevant events,
  • Safer sex and contraceptive advice,
  • Training on drugs, drug use and Safer Nightlife guidelines,
  • Referral to other specialist services.

Intervention details

Type of intervention
Harm reduction
Problem addressed
Illegal drugs, (Mental) health problems, Poly drug use, Binge drinking, Violence, Aggression, Drink spiking, Dehydration / overheating, Overdosing, Unwanted sexual behaviour, Impaired driving, Legislation
Intervention setting
Bar
Club/disco/afters
Event
Mass media
TV
Radio
Printed media
School
Higher education or university
Primary health care settings
Community
Target population

Primarily aimed at anyone over 18 years old

Substances adressed
All substances
Strategic target group (social agents acting as intermediaries between intervention and target group)

Primarily aimed at anyone over 18 years old

Intervention activities
Providing information
Peer-group approach
Informative talk or lecture
Use of media
Use of Internet and other new technologies
Research
Counselling help and treatment
Actions
Produced leaflets, posters and booklets;Training presentations and workshops;Presentations at conferences;Training club and bar staff;Counselling and Complementary Therapies.
Theory/evidence behind the intervention

We try to get as much harm reduction information to people as possible so they can make informed choices and decisions regarding their drug use.

Number of people needed
It depends on the size of the venue and how many people are expected, but never less than 2 staff.
Specific training required?
They need to have experience of working, or regular attendence, in a night time setting, and we then provide specific training for the job.
Time required to run
It depends on how long the club night is, for example, some nights finish at 2 am and some go on to 6 am. We aim to do between 50 and 80 sessions per year.
Other resource requirements

Lights, backdrops, and leaflets.

Evaluation details

Evaluation type (e.g. process, outcome, cost-effectiveness)
Process evaluation
Activities evaluated

All of them have been monitored and evaluated.

Type of evaluator (e.g. external consultant, internal evaluator)
Internal evaluator
Evaluation results (Process evaluation)

Chill Out Sound Support (COSS) is part of the NHS (National Health Service) and is quarterly and annually assessed by them. The quality of the work is evaluated and there is a service user feedback. The results of these evaluations are not published but the continuation of the project and increased investment shows that reviews continue to be positive.

Evaluation references

The results of these evaluations are not published.

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