Originally established as a CIC in 2014, REAL (CIO) was set up by dedicated experienced professionals to support young people, parents, carers & schools. It is the only early intervention education charity specifically for New Psychoactive Substances - NPS (often referred to as legal highs) in Hull & East Riding.
NPS pose a significant risk to the health and well-being of young people. With hospital admissions, Police incidents, and deaths on the increase, the charity's aim is to intervene at the earliest opportunity and stop problems before they happen. Reducing the likelihood of poor long term outcomes for young people and families by preventing crises which are much more difficult and costly to solve in the long term.
In response to concerns from parents, teachers and other professionals about changing drug culture, widespread use and lack of information about the dangers of NPS, we are helping ensure young people are better equipped to resist temptation, by educating them about risk we are providing young people with the tools and knowledge to make better informed choices and avoid serious consequences.
Legal highs - As Dangerous as class A drugs
Products sold as legal highs have provided young people with subconscious permission to use drugs, unaware of their dangers.
To educate young people, help them resist temptation and support them to make safe informed choices, stopping problems and preventing family crises by increasing knowledge about the dangers of NPS.
What We Offer
Advice - information & signposting
NPS services provided by expert knowledgeable practitioners enable young people, parents, carers, schools and other professionals to access accurate, up-to-date advice & information via social media, web, email, telephone and face to face. Where appropriate, we also offer a signposting service for individuals and families struggling with dependency to NPS.
Early intervention workshops
Our early intervention workshops in schools are helping young people resist the temptation to try NPS. By educating young people about their dangers we are challenging the misconception NPS are safer than traditional drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. Increasing knowledge about risk assists young people to consider different points of view, supporting change through the ability to make informed choice.
Our NPS resource pack designed by practitioners & young champions to support service delivery demonstrates our commitment to educating young people. Consisting of interactive group activities, videos, audio CD's and activity worksheets, it ensures young people have access to consistent information from a range of independent sources. Workshops encourage the active participation of young people through peer discussion & debate, helping engage all academic abilities.
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* Challenge attitudes & change perceptions * Deter use * Stop problems reduce harm & prevent crises *
* Promote & encourage healthy choice & well being * Build resilience * Improve long term life chances *
Building resilience to help young people resist temptation assists them to make safer choices
Registered Charity Number: 1167170