Who we are
Delivering community services around health and social support that meet the needs of local people is at that core of what DASL is about. DASL has always valued the capacities that individuals and communities have to be able to develop resilience and, with appropriate support, be able to find solutions to health and social challenges.
For the past 35 years DASL has developed innovative services to support new and emerging communities. These services are delivered flexibly and with a commitment to ensuring that service users are treated fairly and with respect. DASL is aware that seeking help is not always an easy process for members of the public, especially if they have recently arrived from abroad, have difficulties with literacy/numeracy/ESOL, mental health, physical health and dependency issues such as alcohol, drugs and gambling.
What we do
DASL’s experienced and passionate staff team have delivered services to the following populations around the following health and social challenges:
- Supporting young people around smoking cessation in education and community settings;
- Prevention work with children around alcohol and drug issues in primary and secondary schools and with young people in further education settings;
- Developing and enhancing mental health resilience among children and young people to better cope with the challenges of life, for example, ‘Girls Talk’ is specifically designed to enable and facilitate young Asian women to know their own minds when making choices about their futures;
- Providing advocacy and signposting for Central and Eastern European service users with complex needs, in their mother tongue;
- Helping individuals improve their physical health through exercise, such as DASL’s On Your Bike project;
- Supporting well-being and creativity through DASL’s Urban Garden initiative which also promotes 'grow-your-own' edible gardening and healthy eating;
- Helping individuals with gambling dependencies through counselling and providing signposting to services that assist with financial problems;
- Supporting older people in the community around alcohol issues, including offering guidance to partners and family members;
- Providing drug and alcohol training to professionals in a range of settings to improve their confidence and skills in managing their work with members of the public.
Find out more
To find out what we do, click on ‘Services’ at the top of the page, and you will find details of the various FREE services we provide. If you are a service user at DASL, and want to find out how to be more involved in the planning and delivery of your service, or you would like to give us feedback on your experiences at DASL, click on ‘Support Us’.
To learn more about our work, who our funders are, and to see our annual accounts and a video about what we do, click on the subsections at the side of this page.
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