Switched On is an information, education and advice service for anyone under the age of 25. Whether they’re worried about their own experiences with substance misuse, concerned about a friend or relative, or just simply want to get their facts straight, Switched On can help young people stay informed.

The Switched On team also work extensively with those who educate young people, such as teachers, parents and carers, to help prevent young people from developing problematic substance or alcohol usage. Their work is backed up by an innovative new Peer Education programme that sees young people learning from each other, too.

A service delivered by the Cardiff and Vale APB, Switched On is housed in Meridian Court Business Centre, and works closely with NewLink Wales.

Red Button / Bowtm Coch

Red Button is the Switched On team’s education and advice site – a ‘first point of contact’ for young people looking for the facts about substance misuse.

With an extensive A-Z glossary of common substance and their effects, and a down-to-earth approach to explaining how substances affect your day-to-day life, Red Button is a fantastic place for young people to start learning how to handle the substance misuse situations they might encounter.

Young People and Diverse Communities Worker

Chris, our Young People and Diverse Communities Worker, works across the Switched On and NewLink Wales teams to make sure the work we do reaches as many people as possible.

He helps us deliver culturally relevant information to any young people that might be sidelined by mainstream substance misuse information, and builds connections within communities that can sometimes be hard to reach.

Why should we be teaching young people about substance misuse?

To put it simply – because the more they know, the more able they are to make informed choices.

There’s no cast-iron way to prevent all young people from ever encountering the dangers of substance misuse, but by arming them with the facts – and making sure those facts are from a reliable source – we can make sure they understand what’s out there, what they’re likely to be faced with, and how they can stand the best possible chance of preventing themselves and others from coming to harm.

Get in touch

Need to talk to the Switched On team? You'll find their contact details on the Red Button website

Red-Button.org/switched

You can also connect with Switched On Facebook and Twitter:

facebook.com/redbuttondrugs
@red_button.org