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 (also known 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 increasing, 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 and avoid serious consequences. By increasing knowledge and educating them about risk we are supporting young people to make better informed choices.
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, stop problems before they happen and prevent family crises by increasing knowledge and supporting young people to make safe informed choices.
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 signposting to treatment services for individuals and families struggling with dependency to NPS.
Early intervention workshops
Our early intervention education workshops in schools help young people resist the temptation to try NPS. Challenging the misconception NPS are safe by increasing knowledge about risk assists young people to make safer informed choices and consider different points of view.
Our NPS resource pack designed by practitioners & young champions to support service delivery ensures young people have access to consistent information from a range of independent sources. Consisting of interactive group activities, videos, audio CD's and activity worksheets, it demonstrates our commitment to helping educate young people. Workshops encourage active participation through peer discussion & debate, helping engage young people of all academic ability.
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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