Mentor's efforts to promote holistic approach to education and prevention have been acknowledged by international delegates at the UNODC global conference held in Vienna on 14-22 March 2016. Mentor was invited to take part in an expert panel, presenting our work on protecting young people from New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) use.
Mentor celebrates the expansion of Mentor-ADEPIS' reach over the past three years while recognising the work still to be done, particularly in terms of influencing school practice across the UK. As Mentor continues to develop its research base and services, Mentor-ADEPIS will serve an increasingly important role as a leading source of evidence-based guidance and resources for alcohol and drug prevention and education.
As we wait on the Commons Committee report on Psychoactive Substances Bill, Mentor is hopeful not only about the role that prevention and education will play in the government’s response to NPS, but also about the increasing importance of prevention within the Government’s wider drug strategy.
Mentor is the lead partner in a new kinship care programme run by Big Hearts Community Trust that seeks to use "the power of the club's crest" to support kinship care families in Edinburgh and beyond. The scheme will run a weekly after-school club for children offering football coaching, music tuition and other activities, and a support group for carers providing information, advice and peer support.
We were recently given an exciting opportunity to share examples of good practice from Mentor ADEPIS and contribute to the development of new international guidance at a four-day International Expert Meeting on Substance Use among Children and Young People held in Istanbul by UNESCO, UNODC and WHO.