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Vote for Hope UK

Hope UK is one of a number of charities hoping for a donation of £2,000 from the Big Break initiative.  The charity that gets the most votes by the end of the month gets the top prize of £2,000 but £1,000 is available for the runner-up and smaller amounts for charities with fewer votes.  It’s easy to vote for us – just click on the link below:

Young people talk about alcohol

The BBC website is currently carrying a programme where 4 young people tell about the experience they each had with alcohol that changed their attitudes towards drinking.  Find it at

Drinks Industry set to oppose minimum pricing

According to a press release from the Alcohol Health Alliance, the Wine, Spirit and Trade Association is about to launch a campaign against minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol – ‘Why should we pay more?’.

Should legal drugs stay legal?

Senior police officers have recommended to a House of Lords all-party parliamentary group on drug policy reform that legal highs, at least those whose use is deemed low-risk, should be regulated rather than added to the growing list of illicit substances.  They argue that new synthetic drugs are appearing in the UK at a rate exceeding one per week and the law cannot keep up; therefore it is better to make sure that they are available from ‘safe’ sources.

Hope UK receives Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering

2012 has been a great year for Hope UK.  We added another four teams to our growing number of voluntary Drug Drug Educators and developed a new 8-week course for young people in youth groups.  Our work has been recognised by Government (the Big Society Award) and by the Queen as we were one of 60 charities to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering.

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