Young Person's Alcohol Intervention Mediation Service (AIMS)


AIMS has continued to support as best as possible through Covid-19 the young people and families who were looking for help and has been signposting to services and their new ways of providing resources. AIMS has been giving emotional support through having contact and discussing these times and by helping in purchasing art resources and providing counselling. Practical help has been delivered through working out ways to provide bedroom furniture for example, and thanks must go to my manager and the finance department at Cyrenians in making this happen, along with parents and young people finding the time to communicate how this is done, despite the obstacles to this. I have admired how people have joined in working with AIMS and Cyrenians in looking past these difficult daily problems and in being so responsive to contact from AIMS. Thanks should also go to school professionals in their help and regular contact in helping keep people safe and well. Keep on keeping on everyone. All the best, Phil.


AIMS have completed the second year of the Big Lottery funded project to support young people and their families in order to help them move forward and overcome difficulties in terms of school life, emotional well-being, home life and those issues which affect our young people.  This is a collation of the feedback at the end of the second year of the project that we have received at  the end stage of each young person’s period of support and includes a comment from a parent also.  AIMS would like to thank all those professionals who have been involved in joint working these cases, all of which concluded with positive progression and an improved quality of life for the young person and their families.  We wish them all the best for the future. 




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.