Lisa Lione, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire and a member of Mentor's Expert Advisory Panel, published this article in the British Pharmacological Society journal Pharmacology Matters in November 2016. It is shared here with permission.
On 17 November Lord Benjamin Mancroft invited friends and supporters of the two leading drug prevention charities, Mentor UK and Angelus, to an event at the House of Lords to celebrate their merger.
The Scottish Government are carrying out a consultation on how education is run: who should make decisions about the education of children and young people and how can funding of education be made fairer. They want to hear views from every part of Scotland, and have asked Mentor to share this review with parents and carers, and children and young people, especially those in kinship care.
London: Two of the UK's leading drugs education charities have announced they are to merge.
Having supported kinship carers for a number of years, we can clearly see that while they have been through the mill and face continuous struggles they are an inspiration. They have many hidden talents and their experiences and learning is in abundance. That is why we feel that they are the best people to support other kinship carers within their community.
We at Mentor are looking to form an advisory group of kinship carers from across Scotland to help feed into developments of kinship care work going forward, locally and nationally. We feel it is important that we listen to the needs and experiences of kinship carers and support them to have a voice within the community and with the Scottish Government.
A team of cyclists from CBRE GWS recently completed a charity bike ride from London to Brussels.
Ian Macdonald, a PSHE specialist and a consultant for Mentor-ADEPIS, recently delivered alcohol and drug education sessions to groups of young people visiting the UK from Egypt. Here, Ian reflects on the experience and what he learned about the common factors that impact education and prevention across different cultural settings.