Established 2014, REAL is an early intervention, education, advice and information charity for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), often called legal highs, illegal legals or illegal highs.
Set up by experienced dedicated professionals to support young people, parents, schools & colleges, REAL is the only specific education charity for legal highs in Hull and the surrounding area.
Responding to concerns from parents, teachers and other professionals about changing drug culture, widespread use and lack of information about the dangers of NPS, the aim of the charity is to intervene at the earliest opportunity and prevent problems before they happen.
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 challenge is to ensure young people are better equipped to resist temptation. Education provides young people with the tools and knowledge to help them resist temptation and make safer informed choices, avoiding serious consequences and preventing family crises which are much more difficult and costly to solve in the long term, by stopping problems before they happen.
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 help young people resist temptation, prevent problems and avoid crises by increasing knowledge about risk that assists them to make safe informed choices.
What We Offer
Advice - information & signposting
NPS advice & information services provided by expert knowledgeable practitioners enable young people, parents, carers, schools and other professionals to access accurate, up-to-date facts via social media, web & email facilities, telephone and face to face services. Where appropriate, we also offer a signposting service for individuals and families struggling with dependency to NPS.
Early intervention workshops
Educating young people about their dangers, our early intervention workshops in schools and colleges challenge the common misconception NPS are safer than traditional drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. Increased knowledge supports young people to make safer informed choices.
Designed by practitioners and young champions to support workshop delivery, our NPS resource pack(consisting of interactive group activities, worksheets, videos and audio cd's) ensures young people have access to a range of information from different sources. Resources that actively engage all academic abilities and support positive change through the ability to make informed choice, demonstrate our commitment to educating young people. Encouraging participation through peer discussion & debate, workshops challenge young people's perceptions and assist them to consider different points of view.
Intervening early and preventing crises in the future reduces the likelihood of poor long term outcomes for young people and families.
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* Challenge attitudes & change perceptions * Deter use * Stop problems prevent harm & avoid crises *
* Encourage healthy choices & promote well being * Build resilience * Improve life chances *
Building resilience to resist temptation assists young people to make safer choices
Registered Charity Number: 1167170