Hope UK is developing its drug awareness and training work in Cornwall while continuing to support ten trained Drug Educators elsewhere in the South West. Clare Vincent, already a trained voluntary Hope UK Drug Educator, began work in July 2007 with the remit of not only carrying out drug and alcohol awareness sessions, but recruiting, helping to train, and supporting new Voluntary Drug Educators in the county.
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Our vision is to have a team of Drug Educators in Cornwall to provide the mix of skills and experience required to provide community-based drug education, especially for churches and other voluntary groups in evenings and weekends – when statutory services cannot provide workers. We are hoping to have some who will be able to visit schools and other groups meeting during ‘working hours’. Eventually, we would like similar teams in the other counties as well.
We would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Seedbed Cornwall – for funding Clare’s salary.
The Echo Centre in Liskeard for use of premises for training weekends.
Clare was a Voluntary Educator before she became a part-time Project Worker and says, “I became an Educator because I wanted to do something positive to address the problems of alcohol and drug misuse in my community.” She enjoyed meeting other Educators on the training weekends she attended and says, “The care and on-going support from the Training Co-ordinators is excellent.” She also uses the training she received from Hope UK in her community in the context of the Drug Proof Your Kids® Parents’ course.
Clare loves being able to work with adults and children through Hope UK. The interactive drug awareness sessions raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs and enable young people to make drug free choices as well as helping those with responsibility for them do their own drug prevention work.
Married, with two children, Clare, a former Secondary school teacher, leads a busy life and enjoys cooking, crafts, walking and boating in the summer. Her family is involved in the local Torch Trust for the Blind Fellowship Group and she and her husband are House Communitygroup leaders.
Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Action Team (information about statutory and other treatment and counselling services etc)