Depending on each individual volunteer’s skills and confidence, our Drug Educators work with children and young people in primary and secondary schools, colleges, pupil referral units, hostels for the homeless, and youth groups, both uniformed (eg, Scouts and Guides) and informal (eg, church youth groups).
Drug Educators are also trained to work with parents’ groups, giving them the drug knowledge, confidence and general good parenting skills to help their children and young people avoid drug-related harm.
Selected Educators receive additional training to deliver our 8-week course for youth groups, ‘Drugs, Sex and You‘. A few are also trained to help train other voluntary Drug Educators.
Drug Educators choosing to specialise in ‘detached’ work (ie, not associated with any particular organisation) are trained to work from stands on the street and at events like college freshers fairs where one-to-one drug education is appropriate, using a variety of games and activities using ‘beer goggles’.
Generation Hope volunteers help to develop opportunities for local young people to get involved with Generation Hope – this might involve helping at or running a club, setting up detached work for young people to be involved with, helping run residential weekends, etc.
Church Speakers are volunteers who represent Hope UK at local churches, speaking at services, midweek meetings, home groups, etc, talking about our work and encouraging people to support us.