On Wednesday 4th March we hosted a parent’s information evening titled Tackling Drugs Together. We were pleased to welcome parents and carers to peruse a wonderful display of work created by pupils during PSHE lessons, shared information about drugs and their effects, plus a little networking with some refreshments. Our guest speaker, Nick Tergerdine representing apas (addiction problem advisory service), talked about addiction and how this can impact on individuals and their family. Here is a little info from Nick about apas:
Addictions impact on individuals, families, and communities. Individuals, families and communities are characterised in a negative way when addiction problems are suspected. To deal with the problem in a way that does not further stigmatise those affected is the challenge, and nothing changes until something changes. The unique perspective of apas is borne from the fiercely independent stance of the organisation. All services are provided without the benefit of statutory funds; therefore, the problem can be addressed rather than a target defined from afar. Whether at an individual, family or community level (and the latter includes issues within the workplace) then apas can intervene and provide what will make a difference, rather than a ‘prescribed’ remedy.
Our work includes alcohol, drugs whether illicit or prescribed, and the fast emerging issue of gambling addiction.
Add initiatives designed to prevent problems arising, and a robust policy of challenging the received wisdom of the statutory authorities, and apas can and does make a difference.
Telephone: 0115 8240 550
Other organisations are listed in our signposting directory for parents and carers which can be found on our school website, www.wbs.eu.com. We will highlight some of these in the West Bridgford Post.