Students in Grantham have been taking part in workshops designed to make them aware of the dangers of drugs and alcohol and to help them with confidence and self- esteem.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme has been working with about 200 students, aged 14 and 15 at the school. It is a drugs and alcohol awareness and preventionprogramme in association with Addaction.
This week Jayne Harrison, of Addaction, was at the Academy to talk to pupils with the help of volunteers who are recovering from addiction problems.
Jayne said the students had shown a great deal of interest in the programme. She said: “We have had a good reaction from them. We have had some kids stay behind and have a chat and then you know the message is getting across.”
Students told the Journal that the programme had been useful to them.
Tricia Ruiz, 14, said: “It was interesting and very helpful. It got us to open up and talk about self-esteem, drugs and alcohol. I enjoyed it.”
Henry O’shea, 13, said: “It was interesting to talk about how to overcome peer pressure and how it’s ok to say no.”
Jenny Bordelo, 13, said: “It helped you to open up and helped you with your confidence.”
Lewis Shaw, 13, said he now knew what to do if there were issues affecting him or his family and friends.
More information on the programme can be found at amywinehousefoundation.org