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    Think Differently Project

Think Differently is the name of our drug and alcohol education, information and intervention sessions that we provide to young people in schools across Kent and Medway.

Think Differently is the name of our drug and alcohol education, information and intervention sessions that we provide to young people in schools across Kent and Medway.

Research from the NHS from 2018 showed that 73% of 15-year-olds had drunk alcohol. They also found that 9% of pupils had been drunk in the last 4 weeks, including 7% of pupils who had been drunk once or twice, and 2% more often. The proportion of pupils who reported having been drunk in the last four weeks was found to have increased with age with 23% of 15-year-olds having been drunk in the last four weeks. Therefore the aim of our Think Differently sessions is to ensure that young people have been equipped with the correct knowledge to be able to make an informed choice about drinking alcohol and also be aware of alcohol dependency.

Using real-life stories and experiences from individuals with previous drug and alcohol addictions, ex-prisoners and current prison volunteers, Think Differently engages with young people raising awareness of the issues and potential consequences of alcohol and drug dependency. It helps people to see these issues of crime and addiction and how it affects people, along with outlining the negative consequences of the path they are on. Therefore, Think Differently helps young people to make an informed choice about alcohol and drugs through the conversation from those that have been affected by addiction.

If you would like to find out more information about Think Differently and what it provides contact John Shanley by email john.shanley@kenwardtrust.org.uk or by phone 01622 814187. Alternatively to visit their website click here.

Over the summer we were made aware of the deaths of four young people in Kent, one of these young people being Owen Kinghorn. Owen’s family kindly decided to start a Just Giving page to help raise money for Think Differently so we can help to make sure young people are equipped with the right knowledge to stop this from happening again. If you would like to donate to the page please click here.

This week from 11th- 17th November is Alcohol Awareness Week, a week to help people thinking about alcohol and how it affects everyone as a whole. This year’s theme is ‘Alcohol and Me’ with the aim of raising awareness on how alcohol can affect you. To find out more visit the Alcohol Change website here.

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