Schools Work


Since August 2012, Teen Challenge Strathclyde’s schools work has become full time. The schools work aims to increase drugs and alcohol awareness amongst young people through presentations for larger groups such as assemblies and also through creative and visual lessons for smaller class-sized groups.

Our schools worker teaches young people about the realities of drugs and alcohol using quizzes, fast facts and hard hitting images. She also brings along someone who was once in addiction to share their story; this often provokes many questions. So far, 113 schools have been contacted including 40 primary schools throughout Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Ayrshire.

Teen Challenge Strathclyde believes in equipping young people with the necessary skills and information they need to navigate through the potentially negative influences and consequences of drugs and alcohol.

Future plans

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The future developments of the project includes:

  • Continue to develop working relationships with existing school contacts.
  • Make links with new secondary schools increasing the catchment area throughout the Strathclyde region.
  • Within the new contacts establish the importance, allowing young people to gain enough knowledge about substance misuse to make informed choices.
  • To develop links with primary education to start the prevention/awareness work with the children before they are faced with the problem. This allows necessary prevention work to start of at a younger age as the trend for the age in which young people are aware of the substance abuse issues is getting younger.
  • Establishing connection with Universities to speak with teacher training students giving awareness of issues around the subject of substance abuse and who to deal with young people misusing substance and issues surrounding families faced with substance misuse.
  • To develop substance misuse awareness session for parents to help them stay better informed.