Provider Details

Contact Details

Khat Project
Telephone No

Suitable for ages

Age of Users
All Ages

Address Details

Street Number
13 Whitethorn Street
E3 4DA


Service Description

The Project aim is to raise awareness of problematic Khat use within the Somali community as well as working with people who have Khat misuse problems.

Misuse of Khat can cause serious damaging consequences both to your physical and mental health such as loss of appetite, mouth ulcers, hepatitis, gastric, gum disease, oral cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, paranoia, anxiety, depression, hearing voices, hallucination and Khat induced psychosis. Over use of pesticides as a fertiliser may also lead to physical ill health.

Additional Information

Additional Information

What is Khat?

Khat grows naturally on the high altitudes in East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Khat contains stimulant substances known as cathinone and cathine have similar effects to amphetamine.

Objectives of the project:

To promote access to appropriate support for members of the Somali community with Khat misuse problems who may or may not have suffered mental health issues and are at risk of social exclusions.

• Minimise Khat use in London Borough of Tower Hamlets
• Education and raise awareness of the risks link to Kat to community members and professionals
• Harm reduction programme
• Working in partnership with professionals such as Drugs Services, Early Intervention Teams, CMHT’s and Assertive Outreach Team
• Diversionary activities, sports / gym activities, education programmes and access to employment
• Providing support for mental health professional whose clients also use Khat

Current activities and harm reduction approach:

• One to one assessment, recovery star and personal action plan
• Advise and information on the risk of Khat misuse to the community and professionals
• Engage with the community to raise the awareness of problematic Khat use by visiting Khat Houses (Mafresh). Communites Centres, Mosques and social clubs
• Weekly drop in on Tuesdays between 10am to 16:00pm - this is a group session to discuss mental health promotions, dual diagnosis, hearing voices, medication and community treatment order etc.
• By also empowering Khat users to reduce their Khat intake, as well as providing support with other substance such as alcohol, drug misues by referring them to the appropriate agencies




Opening Times

Opening Times
MondayFrom 09:00To 17:00
TuesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
WednesdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
ThursdayFrom 09:00To 17:00
FridayFrom 09:00To 17:00

Questions & Answers

Are The Premises Accessible For Wheelchair Users?
Can Families Self-Refer To The Service?
Do You Have A Waiting List?
Do You Have Car Parking Spaces?
Do You Have Child Protection Policies And Procedures
Eligibility - Can The Service Be Accessed By Extended Family Members Or Carers
Has A Service Description?
Registered For 2 Year Old Grant

Further Information

Provider Type
Health Services
Delivery Channels
In Person Outreach Services Telephone Office / Premises Home Visit Case Work
How to Contact
In Person Telephone
Eligibility Criteria
Resident Of Tower Hamlets Tier 1: Universal Tier 2/3: Borderline Tier 3: Specialist Child Aged Between 5 To 19
Available Facilities
Disabled Access Kitchen Meeting Rooms Public Toilets
Referral Criteria
Via Children And Adult Mental Health Project None (Self-referral) Via Gp Or Other Health Professional

Details last updated

Last Updated
13 June 2017