Youngsters get the anti-drugs message

YOUNG people gathered in Ipswich to learn about the dangers of drug abuse at a workshop.

YOUNG people gathered in Ipswich to learn about the dangers of drug abuse at a workshop.

A crowd of about 55 youngsters from all over East Anglia attended the event at the St Nicholas Centre, off Cutler Street, which was organised by Dhumisani Muchipisi, a member of the Ipswich-based Zimbabwe Youth Project.

There were presentations given by young people, which explored the causes and problems of taking drugs, and it was also a chance to raise the profile of black and ethnic minority youth in Suffolk.

Drug experts from alcohol and drug charity, NORCAS, brought in samples to show people what certain substances look like and explained 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, which is why he was encouraged to organise the event.

He said: “It was a great success. There were presentations by young people and then they got into discussion groups.

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“There were some people from Peterborough and Cambridge there too and everyone shared their experiences. A lot of positive things came out of it. Most of them felt they needed more support from agencies that support young people.

“We hope to hold events like these six times a year because it is such a big issue.”

The group, which was set up 18 months ago, also needs financial support to help run it.

If you can help, pop into the office at 19 Tower Street, call 01473 231566, or e-mail zimyproject@yahoo.co.uk

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