Stay ‘Street Aware’ with Sevenco

One of the biggest factors facing young people today is the misuse of drugs, with so many young lives being impacted. A recent ongoing project – beginning in September 2015 – that Crimebeat has been involved in is with Sevenco, who are a training and consultancy firm who have invested in a project called ‘Street Awareness’. Young people are particularly vulnerable to the experimentation of substances, often with devastating consequences. Therefore Sevenco’s aim is to deliver evidence based drugs, alcohol and resilience education to schools across Nuneaton and Bedworth. The main aim of this project is to help to reduce drug related crime in the area.

The programme takes a look at the misuse of drugs as well as the dangers of so called ‘legal highs’ and how they can have detrimental consequences. According to research carried out through a pilot project by Sevenco – targeted towards under 16’s – 20% of young people have experimented with illegal substances and a further 50% would consider using them in the future. This is extremely worrying, which is why the Street Awareness project has our full support!

The project involves a team of young people with the aim of creating youth ambassadors following a 6 week induction programme. After this, the youth ambassadors will work in school alongside the younger pupils to help deliver the knowledge and dangers of drug abuse. In addition to this, the youth ambassadors will also work out of school hours to deliver help and support within their communities.

Crimebeat value this project very highly as their aim is to help reduce crime and vandalism whilst keeping young people safe. By providing education through the use of student ambassadors it is more likely engage young people. This education will then highlight the dangers and consequences of drug use and help steer people away from a dangerous path.

Read more about the Street Aware drug initiative in the Nuneaton News by Clicking Here or find out more about Sevenco and what they do by Clicking Here