The BBC 3 documentary had some alarming statistics, including:
- "Every 18 hours someone in the North East of England dies from an alcohol related illness and it is increasing amongst the young - in England alcohol related deaths amongst 15-34 year olds rose by 75% between 1991 and 2011."
- "At the last count 320 16 year old or younger in treatment for alcohol dependency in North East of England"
- "The North East is currently witnessing a 300% increase in alcohol related liver disease in 30-34 year olds - 20 years ago disease typically found in 50-60 year old's"
Seeing many of the issues and dangers alcohol can cause within the UK’s clubbing scene, founder of Street Angels - Christian Nightlife Initiatives, Paul Blakey MBE, had an idea to design an ‘Alcohol and Safety Education Resource’ that could be used within schools, youth groups, uniformed groups and by parents. Speaking to the local schools worker, Tony Buck from Christian Initiative in Calderdale Schools, the idea soon became a reality.
Using experiences from life on the streets with Street Angels, the pack seeks to help teachers or youth leaders gain an understanding of what young people already understand about alcohol and a ‘good night out’. The activities and resources available in this educational resource help students to engage in this important topic in a fun and interactive way. Young people are able to learn, reinforce and apply facts about alcohol safety to their own lives and the lives of their friends. We recently piloted the resource in a local secondary school and delivered the sessions in partnership with regular Street Angel Volunteers from the local area. We found this joined up approach enabled the students to relate fully with the material as many of the stories they heard had happened in places that they are familiar with. This brought home the reality of some of the problems commonly associated with alcohol misuse as some case studies had happened in the students’ local community.
- “A refreshing lesson that reaches parts other resources can’t reach!” Mr M Stephenson, Head of RE, Rastrick High School.
- “I was astounded to find out how much the young people knew about alcohol and the young people were flabbergasted to discover the effect that alcohol could have in such a short period of time - very much an education.” Michele Sutcliffe,Youth Leader, King’s Church, Halifax
- “It was entertaining to watch people trying to catch a ball wearing beer goggles, and really interactive. It was also really interesting to learn about how quickly alcohol can affect you and what it can do. I think everyone in the group was engaged, and it will make me think carefully about drinking too much alcohol myself and with my friends.” Becky, young person
The pack is available as a PDF download and is suitable for Teachers, Youth Workers, Schools Workers, Health Care Professionals and parents wishing to communicate to young people a clear and comprehensive advice around alcohol safety for them and their friends.
You can purchase from www.angelresources.org.uk for a suggested £10 donation. The existing resource is suitable for all secondary aged students (11-18) and we a currently working on a new edition that will be suitable for primary school students (8-11).