Hope UK

Community-based drug education for young people

Our Big Idea is to provide teams of trained voluntary Drug Educators capable of delivering drug education in schools and with youth groups as well as to other voluntary organisations engaging with 'hard-to-reach' young people to every part of the UK . Parents and youth workers will also benefit.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1044475)

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  • We have noted a marked decline in drug/drink related work problems with our Future Job Fund employees.

    — Derek Gard, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

  • This lesson was very interesting and now I know the dangers of talking drugs & drinking alcohol.

    — Young person, Hitchin Girls' School

Situation

For the last two years, more young people are choosing not to drink alcohol or use drugs, but these improvements are threatened by funding cuts to statutory and voluntary organisations that used to provide prevention education. In addition, drug education is not a compulsory part of the school curriculum. Research carried out by the Drug Education Forum found that over 60% of schools say they only provide drug education once or less per year.

Solution

Hope UK cannot solve the problem, but its trained Drug Educators can increase the chances of children avoiding drug and alcohol-related harm by giving them the information and life skills they need to make healthy choices that will enable them to realise their potential. By training teams of about 6-10 volunteers from a local area together, they are empowered to work in their local communities, which they know well, giving each other mutual support and encouragement.