Drugs workshop comes to town

A WORKSHOP aimed at teaching youngsters about the dangers of drug abuse will be held in Ipswich this Friday.

A WORKSHOP aimed at teaching youngsters about the dangers of drug abuse will be held in Ipswich this Friday.

Dhumisani Muchipisi, one of the founder members of the Ipswich-based Zimbabwe Youth Project, has organised the event at St Nicholas Centre, off Cutler Street, which will provide information about the causes and problems of drug abuse, as well as raise the profile of black and ethnic minority youth in Suffolk.

There will be lots of presentations at the event in the form of drama, poetry and music, which will look at all aspects of drugs, from their street names to advice on how to avoid them.

Drug experts from alcohol and drug charity, NORCAS, will bring in samples to show people what certain substances look like and explain about drug treatment.

Dhumisani, 19, arrived in the UK four years ago and claims the drug problem in this country is far more serious than in his native country of Zimbabwe.

He was introduced to Connexions, an organisation supporting young people, and became involved in voluntary work.

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He said: “ We want young people to know that there is help out there and that there are many safe activities being funded by the government which they can take part in.

“The evening will educate young people on the types of drugs available on the streets and their dangers. There will be drugs agencies giving information about their services, as well as food, music and live performances by Zimbabwe youth groups. All are welcome to attend.”

From 4pm to 7.30pm, there will be dance, drama and presentations on drugs and alcohol, and from 8pm until late there will be a party with music, rap and an open mic session.

It is free entry and food and refreshments will be available.

For more information contact 01473 231566.

Are you concerned about drug abuse in the town? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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