In Febuary 2011, a Local Project Worker, Jo Pickford, was appointed for seven hours per week to recruit a team of voluntary Drug Educators to work in their own communities in North East Scotland.
Jo writes, “Alcohol is the big problem in Morayshire – more of a problem than drugs. Alcohol dependence is more than twice the national average so I knew I had to do something. I became a voluntary Drug Educator for Hope UK a couple of years ago and jumped at the chance to represent Hope UK as a Local Project Worker.
Four promising volunteers were recruited in 2011 and a fifth signed up in 2012 so it was decided to go ahead with training. The last of the three compulsory training weekends was held in November so all the Drug Educators are now available to take drug and alcohol awareness sessions and are encouraged to take an average of 12 activities a year.