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Students praised for drug battle role

PUBLISHED: 15:02 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 August 2010

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STUDENTS responsible for a ground-breaking programme to help young people tackle substance abuse have received awards at a special presentation. The teenagers from Northfleet Technology College, with the help of funding from Gravesham Borough Council, se

STUDENTS responsible for a ground-breaking programme to help young people tackle substance abuse have received awards at a special presentation.

The teenagers from Northfleet Technology College, with the help of funding from Gravesham Borough Council, set up Cascade peer mentoring, which works with people suffering from alcohol and other substance abuse.

The school, in partnership with Christian charity Kenward Trust's youth service, educated a group of students on the negative effects of alcohol. They then worked as mentors to their peers. Kenward Trust Youth Service team member Allison Summers said: "With the correct information cascading down from those whom younger pupils respect, there is the real chance that experimenting with illegal substances, which could easily lead to full-blown addiction, can be avoided."

A team of six students, Michael French, Alan Fordham, Christopher Paley, Daniel Easter Christopher Edwards and Adam Haines, acted as mentors, though the last two were unable to attend the ceremony with Mayor Bronwen McGarrity and deputy mayor William Lambert at the Civic Centre on March 1.

Mrs McGarrity told the students: "Your voluntary work is a shining example of some of the positive initiatives undertaken by the future citizens of Gravesham.

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