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