The Forest of Dean District Council Street Wardens team will visit primary schools and work with young people and youth groups in the area to raise awareness of drug use issues.
Deputy Head of Council and Cabinet Member for Communities Paul Hiett said: “It is extremely important to us that young people in the region know the dangers and implications of drug use and are able to go out and visit them. in schools and youth groups allows the team to interact and speak directly with young people.
“The Street Warden team here at the Council is doing a fantastic job working with people in the community to keep people safe and reduce the fear of crime across the district and I know the students in the schools involved will benefit greatly of this initiative.
“I want to personally thank all of the officers involved in bringing this project to fruition and look forward to more events like this in the future.”
Funding for the drug awareness program comes from the Forest Community Safety Partnership, which received funding from the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner to focus on this topic. The Forest Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency group which includes Forest of Dean District Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and local charities and housing.
The goal of the partnership is to improve the quality of life for local residents by working directly with the community to reduce crime, anti-social behavior and fear of crime in the Forest of Dean.
Council Street Wardens will initially work with Offasmead and Bream Primary Schools, as well as local youth clubs and scout groups. The tour will include a presentation with children and adults about healthy choices and a sensitive discussion with young people about drug awareness and safety.
Schools, youth clubs or local groups wishing to bring a team member should email Street.Wardens@fdean.gov.uk for assistance.