Who we are and what we do

The Guernsey Alcohol Advisory Service (G.A.A.S.) is a voluntary charity administered by an Executive Committee drawn from Council membership. This meets monthly to decide policy and approve expenditure. The paid staff consists of a Director, Admin/support Worker, Criminal Justice Alcohol Worker together with Sessional Counsellors.

The agency is funded from several sources - We are contracted by the States of Guernsey to provide an alcohol service within the Bailiwick- all other expenditure is met from rental income from Brockside or by fundraising/donations.

The services provided by GAAS at present consist of:-

Individual counselling

Couples Counselling

Family support and counselling

Dry House Facilities

Weekly Group Support Meeting

Aftercare Support for returning patients of UK Treatment Centres

Input and involvement in community events

Training with schools, youth groups, and professionals who may encounter people with alcohol/substance problems in the course of their work

All counselling/group services are provided free of charge.

GAAS owns two adjoining houses, one of which is run as a Dry House with 5 beds for residents coming to terms with their drinking/substance use.

Our client base is extremely varied reflecting all the strata of our society. At the top end we work with professionals who still have all the trappings of success but are afraid they will lose them unless they moderate their behaviour, this contrasts with the bottom range where we work with people who have lost everything and are seen by some as unemployable because of their behaviour. Throughout the range people can, and do, rebuild their lives successfully.