Young Person's Alcohol Intervention Mediation Service (AIMS)

The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £217,183 of National Lottery funding to Coventry Cyrenians.

The grant will fund an Alcohol Intervention & Mediation Service for four years and, supporting young people (aged 13 to 18) and their families/carers where alcohol has presented a significant challenge for the young person and/or a close relative. This will be achieved by providing advice, counselling, advocacy and a range of related support. The project is supported using National Lottery funding awarded by the Big Lottery fund. The service, which has already been successfully piloted, has a proven track record, with 88% of young people who went through this service reporting a positive outcome from their engagement with the charity.

The project aims to reduce the risk of substance misuse among young people and improves their condition by promoting health choices. It offers a counselling service which provides guidance, and works to reduce risky and anti-social behaviour, whilst trying to improve well-being and therefore quality of life. The funding received will build upon the pilot which developed the service with local partners and is targeted at well-defined needs.

Mike Fowler, Chief Executive at Coventry Cyrenians, said “The service exceeded expectations during the development phase just in terms of the number of young people it has benefited throughout Coventry.

 “Historically, through our work with street homelessness and young people, we have been well aware that alcohol misuse can be a major contributory factor for young people coming to us in crisis. We were acutely aware that no equivalent local project was geared up to meet this challenge and we wanted to help prevent young people ending up at said crisis point by helping them and their families to address the challenge at a preventative stage.

“We are hugely grateful that the Big Lottery Fund has decided to fund this project for four years, as we are hugely passionate about the service and the benefits it provides to the local community. It is only possible due to National Lottery players.”

AIMS have added another year’s worth of feedback to the website reflecting our second successful year.  It would be worth noting that the feedback form had been developed and includes such changes as a section called ‘What is one memory that you will take away with you?’.  It might be worth taking a look at that part as it contains some unique comments, not the least of which relates to me having a pay rise!  Many thanks to all involved in this - staff and young people and family members.  Best wishes to all.


A summary of feedback forms now AIMS has been funded for a year by the Big Lottery and are completed by young people at the last time of seeing them to aid service development and best practice:



Support offered by our Young Person's Alcohol Intervention Mediation Service:


Referrals can be accepted from the following:

We accept self-referrals, referrals from family or friends, from local agencies and services, schools and colleges, or from any statutory or voluntary agency.


Other Information:

People may also suffer from a negative social image (be disliked and looked down on by others) and may face hostility from the general population. The Mediation service has continually sought feedback and input from professionals and parents and the young people they have supported, and this is a summary of comments which have helped us in our continual review of the service, in order to make it user led and tailored to the needs of the young people of Coventry.  We hope to add details from other consultations soon, such as the Survey Monkey, and the on-going consultations taking place this month, alongside case studies.  Please use our Twitter and Facebook accounts to contact us if you would like to have your say.  Phil Smith (Mediation Coordinator).

Alcohol Quiz:

 Alcohol Quiz

Young Persons Alcohol Intervention Mediation Exit Questionnaire:


  Service User Exit Questionnaire

 Service User Exit Questionnaire Results

Comments Received

Parental Comments


AIMS Counselling Leaflet


AIMS Service Leaflet


 Referral Form     

       Referral Form for YP Alcohol & Mediation (Microsoft Word Format)


Complaints & Compliments Form


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Alternatively please email and request a word version.