Community Outreach Service
The link between the most vulnerable in our community who have issues with drugs and alcohol, being more susceptible to hard-line, detrimental views is strong. We support many people with addiction issues who are being manipulated and taken advantage of by those whose sole aim is too fill their minds with distorted views and opinions. We believe it is vital that those of us who work in schools and the community, with young people and children, are able to recognise the signs and indicators that those in their care may have been exposed to any of the above, especially those who are the most vulnerable and may suffer from mental health issues.
We deliver practitioner support at mosques, other places of worship and a number of community third sector venues, providing outreach support stands.
We set up a table with our ‘drug box’ which contains examples of the most common drugs that are readily available on the streets of all our major cities, and provide literature that explains the effects each one of them has on the user.
By engaging with the public we are able to explain the dangers of drug misuse and how manipulative people prey on users and exploit their vulnerabilities so they in essence become brainwashed and are more likely to believe their distorted views.
We currently conduct these workshops across 16 mosques in Birmingham on a daily basis and provide them in a range of community languages to support clients and family members so that they can better understand drug and/or alcohol addiction, the signs and the symptoms.
Our outreach workshops also cover a range of topics including:
- Drugs and alcohol information
- Vulnerability and addiction
- Effects on individuals and communities
- Illicit substance misuse and the Law
- Signs and symptoms
- Harm minimisation
- Available treatment and support
All KIKIT mentors are trained substance misuse practitioners and ILM qualified. KIKIT has developed an outcomes focus mentoring toolkit, which has produced some fantastic results.
KIKIT has also helped develop and pilot a vulnerability assessment tool-kit for vulnerable people being radicalised into extremism. The vulnerability of individuals is assessed based on push and pull factors which are scored over a period of time with the KIKIT mentoring tool kit.
Mosque Training – A KIKIT qualified team of practioners provides specialist safeguarding training for imams as part of the KIKIT Pathwayz project. This training equips imams and volunteers in the mosques to identify safeguarding concerns and refer vulnerable individuals to KIKIT for support.
Schools Training – The training is delivered by the KIKIT safeguarding lead and team of practitoners and is developed as a bespoke offer based on a school’s needs, such as understanding and confidence in managing the Prevent Duty especially to manage the elements of the Prevent Duty – Risk Assessment (RA), Building Children’s resilience (BCR) and Knowing what to do if you have a concern (KWTD).
0121 448 3883
153 Stratford Road
- Mon: 9am – 5pm
- Tues: 9am – 5pm
- Wed: 9am – 5pm
- Thu: 9am – 5pm
- Fri: 9am – 5pm