Southwark-based Drug Educators charity making a national impact
Hope UK works with communities throughout the UK to prevent drug and alcohol-related harm to children and young people. This national charity is based in Southwark and it needs your help.
Last year the charity’s work was recognised at the highest level: it was given a Big Society Award by the Government and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering.
A small staff team recruits and trains a small army of volunteers (212 at last count) to become credible Drug Educators in their own communities. The training course requires considerable commitment, taking 120 hours to complete and including three practical training weekends.
Once trained the Educators work in schools and youth groups, delivering interactive sessions that give young people the knowledge and social skills they need to resist peer pressure and make choices that will enable them to achieve their potential. They also give parents the confidence to talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol, and recognise the signs that a child might be using them.
Like many other charities, Hope UK now has to manage without Government funding at a time when cuts to statutory services have made its work more necessary. Can you help them by making a donation? Find out more from their website, www.hopeuk.org or telephone Susan on 020 7928 0848. You can also help by recycling any jewellery, foreign coins or mobile phones. Call and ask for a FREEPOST envelope.
“The Hope UK session I attended was really good. It gave me lots of useful information about drugs, which I have been able to share with my friends. It inspired me to think about becoming a youth worker so that I can help others avoid drugs and make the most of their lives.”
This comment from Stephon, a young man in London, about a drug education session led by one of Hope UK’s voluntary Drug Educators, encapsulates exactly what Hope UK tries to achieve. They not only encourage children and young people to make drug-free choices, but also hope that they will influence their friends and families – those who aren’t reached directly – to do likewise.
Telephone 020 7928 0848 and ask for Susan enquiries [at] hopeuk.org