Addiction Education for Young People.
We have educated well over fifty thousand young people and the feedback (as can be seen on this website) has always been fantastic. Here we will give you a flavour of what we do. It goes without saying we are flexible and will tailor your needs to our programmes. The number of students is not really an issue as we have catered for groups as small as six to 200. Following is an outline of some of the presentations.
ROLE PLAY OF A DRUG DEALER
One of our first presentations is the very impactive role play of a drug dealer.
We have much experience of working with drug dealers and we believe to fully understand the drugs industry you must understand the psyche and make-up of the hierarchical structure of drug dealing.
In these sessions we shock our audience with the true nature of the average drug dealer in our community.
This has a massive impact as the people attending these sessions have never before been confronted in such a frank way before by an actual ex dealer.
The programme opens with an introduction by either Tony or Steve. Five minutes or so into the presentation, a volunteer at the back of the hall inappropriately shouts that if he doesn’t get on now, he’s getting off, the member of staff asks him to wait a minute, but he’s adamant and goes straight into his talk.
THE ROLE PLAY BEGINS
He has an attitude and starts to talk in a very enthusiastic manner about drug dealing. He states “what I sell people will literally, literally rob off their grandmother for!”
He talks about “lay-on’s” and bashing drugs. He states “I like to ‘bash’ my drugs with mannitol” and then asks “does anyone know what happens when some one injects heroin with my mannitol mixed with it?” When they reply “no” he states “and neither do I, and I don’t care either I’m here to make money” One of the members then rings the “drug dealer” and he then becomes very animated and says “what do you mean he hasn’t got the money, take the kids play station and take her Monday book just get me my money”.
All the information and stories are true, and it is a very realistic representation of how drug dealers operate in our communities.
“When he (the drug dealer) interrupted and started talking about drug dealing, the atmosphere was electric”
Dave Roberts Director of Independence
Initiative.Together We’re Better Conference: Rhyl.
After about ten minutes he comes out of the role and states “that is what I used to do, today I am a volunteer on this project and I realise the harm drug dealing does”.
We then go through a thirty five minute power point presentation on drug dealing put together by inmates serving between ten and fifteen years for selling drugs. This highlights how almost all of society is affected by drug dealing and how young people are unknowingly recruited into the drugs trade. It also demonstrates the attitude of drug dealers in regard to the victims of their trade.
EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH DRAMA
The “Choose Life” play originated in HMP Liverpool when a group of inmates wrote a script based on their introduction to alcohol and drugs.
An introduction that resonates still with many young people. And a situation that many young people can relate to.
The play opens with a group of young people outside an off licence. The older brother is bullying the younger ones into smoking and taking alcohol and drugs.
Later we see the consequences of taking drugs as we follow the main character Billy Murphy, and how his life descends into addiction, crime and jail along with the impact on his partner and son.
“100% of pupils stated that they had a far greater/or greater understanding of the effects of drug abuse.”
“We appreciate your willingness to share your experiences in an honest and open manner”
“We believe it is the best example of drug awareness education that we have come across in over 20 years of teaching.”
Fiona Shand: PSE Co-ordinator: Ysgol Glan Clwyd
Walk in Billy Murphy’s shoes as he moves through his drug addiction.
See how he succumbs to the pressures of his brother and friends, and where his choices lead him.
Witness the impact Billy’s lifestyle has on his relationships with his partner and son.
Understand the difficulty of staying drug free even when using drugs has stopped.
Without doubt the most effective part of Choose Life is our volunteer’s life stories.
The young people our entranced by the volunteers stories as they are transported to a world of addiction that they never realised existed.
One Teacher in Manchester said to the Project Manager “I wish I had brought the pin”. When I asked what she meant she stated that she always says you can hear a pin drop when the volunteers are talking.
02 December 2010
Teacher All Saints Lancashire.
Many of our pupils have just experienced your day. They want to say many things. First of all we would like to say thanks it was truly interesting
Next comes their comments, amazing, interesting, mind boggling, great, made us think twice, scared, entertaining. The best bit was the real life story. Many thanks from all the staff
Submitted by: Claire Carsley
DRUG DEALING IN OUR COMMUNITIES
The perils for young people of getting caught up in it.
For young people in our community as well as getting caught up with using drugs, there are real risks of getting involved with unscrupulous older drug dealers who will seduce them with clever methods to sell drugs for them.
Our volunteers will go through a power point presentation on drug dealing and explain to young people the tactics used to influence young people to sell their drugs.
05 April 2010
An absolute brilliant day. Thank you so much for coming and talking to us, I thought Carl and Paul were brilliant.
This session helped me understand a lot more and will help me in my career in the future.
Nothing better having an input from people themselves. Thanks again and Good luck !!
Submitted by: Megan Adcock
Finally we give the young people a chance to ask their own questions
Q/A, DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR VOLUNTEERS
At the end of our sessions we normally break out into smaller groups.
We have one of our volunteers in each group and after 15 minutes the volunteers switch round so they can hear both the male and female perspective.
While it starts off questions and answers we like it to develop into an intelligent discussion on drugs.