On course to beat scourge of drugs
A PILOT course aimed at training students to help combat drugs and create safer communities is showing encouraging results after only six months.
Some 14 students are attending the one-year course, the first of its kind in Kent, at South Kent College in Folkestone.
They include volunteer workers, people in paid employment and former drug addicts.
The course provides a gateway to qualifying for NVQ Level 3 certificates in the fields of health and social care, enabling students on qualification to obtain employment in the support field of drug and alcohol services.
With six months still to go until course completion, four students have already gained promotion at work as a result of attending, while two former drug addicts have moved into employment.
Sally Duncan, workforce development officer of the Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team, said: “All of them have gained confidence and improved skills as a result, and they are only halfway through the course.”
Ms Duncan, one of the four-strong teaching team, said: “South Kent College has been very supportive in providing us with its facilities. Addiction can hit any one of us.
“The end result is to get our students into the community and assist those suffering from drug or alcohol problems, with the aim of re-integrating them back into mainstream life. It’s a second chance.”
The course’s early success follows on from the National Tackling Drugs Day, a celebration by the Home Office of the positive achievements of drug and alcohol action teams across Britain.
Sally Duncan, workforce development officer, Kent Drug and Alcohol Action Team
Some of the staff and students involved in the course