If you live in or near London, we would like to invite you to come to our HQ for an Open Day on the 15th September between 10:30 am and 4 pm. Voluntary Drug Educators will be available to demonstrate our interactive drug education (the kind we do from stands in town centres and exhibitions). If that isn’t enough of a draw, there will be refreshments as well as an opportunity to meet our lovely staff.
I would also like to remind you about the Hope UK/Generation Hope Special Weekend (7-9th October). We would love it if you could get involved, either by doing something – anything at all – to raise awareness of Hope UK’s important drug prevention work in your Christian community, and maybe some money as well. We can help by sending you resources that will help make your event a success and minimise the amount of effort you have to put in. There are lots of ideas on the website under the ‘How to help’ tab. Please ring the office (020 7928 0848) and speak to Debbie or Marolin if you want to talk about this with someone.
Generation Hope’s involvement in the Keswick Convention was a huge success, despite the young people having to put up with some challenging conditions (like strong winds, rain – you get the picture!). One tent was damaged, another blew away completely and had to be retrieved from a nearby field, bedding got wet – but the GH young people came away buzzing with excitement about the conversations they had had from their stand and the way bonds of friendships were strengthened. See the front page of the newsletter for photos and reports.
More of our Educators are getting the vision for street work and opportunities are multiplying. It’s such a simple and effective way to get drug education to the people who need it and, for new Educators, it is a gentle introduction to interactive education which allows them to consolidate what they have learned during their training.
Do get in touch if you would like to visit us on 15th September or help us celebrate our special weekend in October. We would love to hear from you.
Sarah Brighton, CEO