Mentor is a UK charity which believes that prevention is better than cure and focuses its efforts on promoting the health and wellbeing of children and young people to reduce the damage that drugs can do to lives. Mentor UK thinks that a lot has been learnt about good prevention over recent years. In fact, the organisation sees that reflected back in the local partnerships, but there is still a long way to go to make a significant difference to those young people at risk of drug and alcohol misuse.
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WGCADA is a registered charity and limited company founded in 1979 by, among others, Mr Alan Douglas and Dr Allan Hawkins. It aims to prevent, treat and reduce the harm caused by alcohol and drugs to individuals, their families and the community.
The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy is a public health consortium with members drawn from research, policy and practice. Its aim is to identify opportunities to develop public health interventions that could lead to new policy and programmes to address major health problems in Scotland.
Phoenix Futures is a provider of services for people with drug and alcohol problems, offering services within community, prison and residential settings in England and Scotland. The organisation brings positive change in the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse by supporting service users at every stage of their recovery which includes: engagement on the streets and in communities, harm reduction at drop in centres, structured day programmes, supported resettlement and services within prisons.
DrinkandDrugs.net is a web portal for professionals in the substance misuse sector and wider health, social care and criminal justice settings - and for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol use.
Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA) is a national workforce development organisation aiming to support those working with and affected by drug and alcohol misuse. STRADA strives to improve the competence of staff working in the substance misuse field in order that the interventions available locally aid the recovery of those affected by substance misuse. STRADA is a partnership between the University of Glasgow's School of Education and DrugScope.
Mentor UK's latest seminar will look at practical ways to deliver effective drug education and prevention in primary schools through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and positive behavioural choices. It will examine how an early classroom management programme can have effects into early adulthood, how using theatre in education can effectively engage pupils, how life skills can be developed in primary school aged children, and how parents can be engaged.
- Drug education and prevention – a primary school perspective - Mentor-ADEPIS (Alcohol and Drug Education Prevention Information Service)
London-based drug prevention charity, Mentor UK recently submitted a response to the British Education Select Committee inquiry on Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in British schools. PSHE education aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead healthy and safe lives. In their response, Mentor UK highlighted benefits of effective PSHE education such as improving students’ academic performance, fostering positive behaviour in schools, curbing social inequalities and reducing government spending on public health. Mentor UK called for PSHE education to be a statutory entitlement for all students, for teachers to receive ongoing PSHE education training and for it to be considered a core subject by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted). Mentor UK believes that “improved PSHE teaching will result in many long-term positive impacts; on alcohol or drug use, sexual behaviour, and mental health.”
International Inner Wheel is the administrative body that acts as the umbrella for the organisation worldwide. We are one of the largest women’s service voluntary organisations in the world and are active in more than 103 countries. Personal service is a top priority and members find many ways to carry out projects in their local communities. They provide help in hospitals, hospices, care homes, schools, entertain the elderly and lonely and offer help to needy children and the disabled.
I have had international collaboration in the past but not currently.
My government initiated the collaboration.
CAIS aims to make positive changes in the lives of people affected by drugs and alcohol across North Wales through a range of services and support, in the belief that people can and do change. The organisation works with communities and other agencies to prevent alcohol and drug related harm.
FEAD is an educational resource containing video discussions based on current drug and alcohol issues.
Founded in 1984, Re-Solv works to end volatile substance abuse, particularly among children and young people. The organisation campaigns for:
- Better services and provision for those involved, especially young people and their families;
- Prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse to be placed high on the national and international agenda; and
- Clear educational messages to ensure that products are used for their intended purposes.
Scottish Addiction Studies (SAS) is a collaboration of staff throughout the University of Stirling, with an interest in drug and alcohol misuse. Activities within the group are extensive; from on-line teaching and information services to evaluation of interventions within the criminal justice system.
In partnership with STRADA and NHS Health Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland has developed the Knowledge Network website which aims to pull together all the work being carried out by the drugs and alcohol workforce across Scotland. The site provides resources for staff providing support to people affected by problem drug or alcohol use, along with information for service users, their carers and families.
Following our recent story on e-cigarettes in the workplace, this news item comments on an unusually forthright advertising campaign by tobacco companies in the USA. The highly explicit and aggressive attack on tobacco legislation may signal a return to the industry's old discredited tactics. While science can not yet give definitive answers on questions over the health risks from e-cigarettes, some experts fear that tobacco companies are deliberately targeting young people. Tactics include the usual celebrity endorsements, such at the recent Golden Globe ceremony, cartoons and sex appeal. Also worrying is development of flavours such as 'cherry crush' and 'coca cola'. Vaping is rapidly becoming cool with some young people and in many parts of the world it is legal to sell to under 18's. In a recent study 20% of American school pupils aged around 11-14 years claimed that e-cigarettes were their first experience of 'smoking' and over 60% of e-cigarette users also reported smoking tobacco. The new products may well prove to be the 'gateway' to tobacco.
Notes from the Field: Electronic Cigarette Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2011–2012 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Are you safe from e-cigarette vapour in your workplace? - Prevention Hub
I have never had any kind of international collaboration with researchers, practitioners or institutions.
I initiated the collaboration
The International Police Association (IPA) is a worldwide membership organisation for serving and retired police personnel. It prides itself in being "A Vibrant IPA". All inclusive; Visible; International; Benefits R key; Retain all members, respecting all views; Activities; Networking in friendship; Trust and charity; IPA. In Section UK, membership is open to serving and retired Police Officers, Special Constables and members of Police Staff employed by a Chief Constable or other appropriately designated Chief Officer of the Police Service.
Matthew Scott established TONIC after leading substance misuse policy for Government at the Department for Education - writing sections of the 10 year drug strategy, and heading up development of Youth Alcohol Action Plan, Youth Alcohol Guidance with the Chief Medical Officer. He developed the Drug Use Screening Tool (DUST) and training used across the UK to enable universal agencies to identify young people in need of support with substance misuse issues.
Drug & Alcohol Service for London (DASL) is a registered charity, providing services for people with drug and alcohol problems across four London Boroughs, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Bexley. The organisation aims to prevent drug and alcohol misuse by working within communities to raise awareness of the issues and provide training and education, particularly to children and young people.
Talk About Drugs is a website that aims to provide young people with facts about alcohol, and increase awareness of the effects of drinking alcohol among the under age. The project's objectives are as follows:
Right Start Foundation International is a registered UK charity and is set up as a non-profit making voluntary and community organisation. RSFI's actions focus on five strategic areas:
- 'Anti Drugs and substance misuse programmes in UK and the Middle East;
- Researching and developing solutions in tacking negative trends in families;
- Building bridges between global civilisations;
- Researching and developing programmes to empower women; and
- Building capacity in the youth of the Middle East and North Africa to achieve their social and economic potential'.
The UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies is a partnership of nine university teams conducting research on tobacco control. The Centre's aim is to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of multidisciplinary original research and policy work in national and global tobacco control activity.
The ADP's mission statement is 'to deliver measurable improvements in the quality of life for the people of Aberdeen, particularly their health and well-being in relation to alcohol and drugs.'
Everyone engaged in drug prevention, from commissioners and funders, through to researchers and practitioners, is asked to respond to this online survey for the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards Phase II project. The results will inform the development of support materials for implementing and applying the Quality Standards. It is hoped to identify what is required with respect to content, priority target groups, and preferred formats for materials, such as online, hard copy, etc. The survey can be completed in seven languages: French, Polish, German, Hungarian, Greek, Italian and English. Please complete the survey before February 12, 2014.
Project Update: Online survey launched – Please participate - European Drug Prevention Quality Standards Project