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    Think Differently

Think Differently is Kenward Trust's unique and proactive alcohol and drug education to young people across Kent and Medway.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Think Differently service can be run remotely or via social distancing for schools and community groups, to find out more information email us at reception@kenwardtrust.org.uk

We launched Think Differently in 2016 to deliver unique and proactive alcohol and drugs education to young people across Kent and Medway. The aim is for young people to gain a better understanding of the effect substance misuse has on physical and mental health, emotional wellbeing, relationships and future achievements.

Think Differently uses real-life stories and experiences from individuals previously affected by alcohol or drugs, whether this is due to them losing a family member to them, or having a previous addiction. Their stories focus on thoughts, feelings, behaviours, underlying issues and how the choices they make can have an effect in their life, family and community around them and can make some young people more susceptible to substance misuse.

It helps young people to see these issues of crime and addiction and how it affects people, such as the breakdown of relationships with families and friendships, gangs and peer pressure, crime and prison, and emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, despair and selfishness. However, throughout the stories, there are examples of hope, friendship, determination, understanding and change. These positive messages help young people to understand that it is never too late to make a positive change in your life.

Half Day (up to 3hrs) £250

Full Day (up to 6hr) £350

These costs include bespoke alcohol and drug education from our highly skilled and experienced Kenward in the Community Team, all resources and handouts and travel costs.

Think Differently can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your school and/or particular year groups. It can be delivered to the whole group via an assembly, to specific year groups, to a small group of targeted individuals who may be at risk of alcohol and substance misuse. 

Our Film and Learning Resource

We have been developing a film and learning resource for FREE for schools across Kent, through funding from Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, Gibbs Laidler, the Henry Oldfield Trust and Kent Community Foundation.

This film follows the stories of the families of two young boys who unfortunately died after taking drugs in Kent. The families have been working with Think Differently to help raise awareness and educate young people across the county about the risks associated with alcohol and drugs. The aim of the video and resource is to allow young people to be equipped with the facts and education to be able to make an informed choice when encountering substances.

The film will be accompanied by three lesson plans, power points, handouts, and activities designed to start conversations about substances and help young people understand the risks.

To find out more about the film visit our website here.

Cascade Training

Our latest service is our Cascade Training, which aims to give young people the vital knowledge they need in order to understand the effects substances have on both physical and mental health, alongside emotional wellbeing, relationships, and future achievements. 

We use real-life stories from volunteers and sessional workers with previous drug and alcohol addictions plus ex-prisoners to engage with young people and raise awareness of the issues and potential consequences of alcohol misuse.

Our Cascade Project will train pupils from sixth form to become peer mentors to provide guidance to pupils from Years 7 and 8 whilst acting as a positive role model to younger pupils.

All of our sessions can be provided remotely or via social distancing.

What To Do Next

For more information on these services please contact:

Christy Bishop
01622 814187