Learners get a fresh start

Collecting their Multi-Skills Programme certificates are (L-R): Gareth Wainwright, project co-ordinator Sam Parkin, Mark Russell, Kyle Bratby and Mark Midgley.
Collecting their Multi-Skills Programme certificates are (L-R): Gareth Wainwright, project co-ordinator Sam Parkin, Mark Russell, Kyle Bratby and Mark Midgley.
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ADULTS who have had experience of substance misuse have been awarded after graduating a course.

The team of eight earned qualifications in numeracy, literacy and sports leadership after taking part in classroom sessions and volunteering.

The programme, set-up by Doncaster Rovers Community Sports and Education Foundation alongside the NHS Primary Care Trust, ran over 12 weeks and offers new skills and help to people who may have issues whether it is alcohol or drug misuse.

Sam Parkin, project co-ordinator for Doncaster Rovers, said: “The attitude the learners had was fantastic and it was great that we were able to bring out so much from them. Their confidence and self-esteem have improved dramatically and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Despite being a pilot scheme, the ‘multi-skills programme’ has been praised by the NHS and South Yorkshire Police and could be rolled out again.

South Yorkshire Police Supt Peter Norman, said: “Policing is not just about arresting people and South Yorkshire Police recognises that we need partnerships such as this one to combat alcohol, drug, domestic violence and mental health problems in the community.

“This has been a very valuable programme and it is one that we are keen to see replicated.”

Andrew Collins, a substance misuse community development worker for NHS Doncaster Drug Strategy, said: “This course has shown how we can use a great asset like Doncaster Rovers to really make a difference in the town and help people who have misused substances take positive steps.

“The adult learners have been inspired by the Multi-Skills Programme and everyone involved is rightly very proud.”

A graduation ceremony was held at the Keepmoat Stadium.

For more information visit www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk or to learn more about the NHS Doncaster Drug Strategy, log on to www.drughub.co.uk