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Which is where Richard Boxer
With nearly 20 years of experience working in the field of drugs and drug education, Richard
is your secret weapon when it comes to tackling this issue head on in a way that is positive, productive and effective.
Richardâ€™s career in this area began quite accidentally after having dropped out of university.
found himself volunteering at a local drug treatment project in DrugCare(1994) and was soon in at the deep end, working with drug-dependent clients to help them manage their recovery.
went on to specialise as a young people's worker, becoming a mentor, sexual health trainer and eventually Peer Education Manager.
But picking up the pieces and helping put them back together again was a frustrating process compared with helping young people avoid that route in the first place.
With that in mind, Richard
focus from treatment to prevention, first as the county Drug Education Worker for Hertfordshire
worked on raising awareness in youth clubs and on the streets with gangs & hard-to-reach young people, and later as the county schoolsâ€™ Drug Education Consultant working effectively across 550 schools.
His commitment to the cause also saw him take up the Chair of the Herts Drug Education Forum and he is currently Vice-Chair of the national Drug Education Practitioner's Forum. (He is, for the record, also PTLLS and NVQ qualified and has been trained in Ofsted Section 8 and Protective Behaviours.)
'All young people have an entitlement to drug educationâ€™, is Richardâ€™s view and, as you would expect from Independent Thinking
makes sure this education is as engaging, entertaining and memorable as possible. â€˜We cannot â€œdrug proofâ€ our children or young people, but we can give them the skills, knowledge and attitudes to enable them to make healthy choices and take responsibility for their own actionsâ€™ is how he
describes what motivates him to the great work he
If you are looking for a trainer that ticks all the boxes then I would highly recommend using Richard
training is pitch perfect
The staff commented that it was the best INSET they had attended and they were grateful for the practical teaching advice and the wealth of resources made available to them
Every teacher is a teacher of young people, no matter what their subject discipline, and as such they have a duty to help those young people in whichever way they can to make the sorts of choices that will help them be happy, healthy and successful.
Drugs is an issue that you can help young people get right.
is the person you need to help you get it right.
To find out more about how Richard
can help you and your school simply call us on 0844 589 0490 or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Video clips with Richard Boxer:
Interview with Richard Boxer