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Children and young people are at the heart of Hope UK’s mission.

Our Drug Educators work with children and young people in schools and youth groups, providing interactive, age-appropriate educational sessions about alcohol, tobacco and drugs.   Our experience of working with young people shows that many still do not realise how damaging regular excessive drinking, for example, can be.  Lifeskills that enhance peer resistance and build confidence are woven into sessions designed to encourage healthy choices and enable children and young people to realise their potential.

“Habits adopted in the teenage years can form behaviour for a lifetime.  For example, adolescent binge drinkers are twice as likely as their peers to be dependent on alcohol or taking illicit drugs by the time they reach 30 years, while someone who starts to smoke aged 15 is three times more likely to die of smoking-related cancer than someone who starts smoking in their 20s.”  Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer

Find out more about:

Alcohol and drug awareness sessions for children, young people, parents and other adults who have responsibility for them

• Accredited training for children’s, youth and family workers

Hope UK Voluntary Drug Educators undertake a 120 hour course accredited by the Open College Network consisting of distance learning and three practical training weekends.   Volunteers are thoroughly vetted before being accepted onto the Programme and are assessed and observed before they begin to lead sessions.  On-going support and training is provided as well as a yearly updating conference.  Our work complies with research-based best practice standards as established by the former Drug Education Forum (of which Hope UK was a member) and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Case studies and comments from groups we have worked with help demonstrate the effectiveness of our Educators.

Hope UK is a charity with a Christian foundation, which was formed in 1855 as the UK Band of Hope Union.  Our Drug Educators work with people from all backgrounds and groups of other faiths and none.

A Hope UK newsletter is published three times a year and is available by post and e-mail.  Request it by e-mailing m.watson@hopeuk.org or completing the order form and returning it to Hope UK.

Hope UK is a registered charity (England & Wales registration no: 1044475; Scotland registration no: SC040550) and a company limited by guarantee (No: 3022470).




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