What schools say about us
The King’s School, Canterbury
The King’s School, Canterbury, has welcomed Steven Mervish of Drugsline Education to the school on several occasions, most recently on 19th May 2016, to speak to our Year 9 pupils about drugs and drug culture. Steven’s knowledge of the subject is evident and he engages well with young people and their enquiring minds. Steven’s dynamic presentation captivated our pupils who said they found his talk to be extremely informative and beneficial. Steven encourages the pupils to participate in discussions about the topic in order to help their learning and understanding. We will definitely invite Steven back to King’s next year.
Davenant Foundation School
We at Davenant Foundation School have been privileged to have STEVEN from Drugsline Education who has been coming here now for a number years. In this time, he has had an enormous impact on the education of young people about drugs. His talks are always powerful, emotional and compelling and students often remember a lot of detailed information he has communicated to them.
Students look forward to his talks as they know from past experience how informative and how engaging they will be.
It is clear that Steven cares deeply about protecting but also informing young people of all the potential risks around drug taking and alcohol. His wealth of experience and anecdotes enable students to engage really actively in the lessons and this is what makes the difference. He doesn’t just say: DON’T DO DRUGS but offers young people opportunities to acquire the knowledge and understanding that they need to make the right decisions and to be risk averse.
I cannot recommend Drugsline Education too highly. Drugsline Education are providing a vital social service which should be made available in all schools.
Margaret Lamb, Head of PSHE, Healthy Schools and Psychology
Duke of Kent School
Year 9 & 10 – We received very positive feedback from the students. They had a lot to say afterwards. The feeling was that your descriptions had more effect than any pictures would have had.
Year 8 -Went very well again. Students felt they had learnt a lot.
Year 6 – Staff said you handled this very chatty and rather young group really well – they can be exhausting at the end of the day! It was a valuable session.
Parents Evening – some e-mails back thanking us for putting on such a helpful session. I certainly feel we can rely on you to support us on these difficult drugs issues in the future so I hope you won’t mind coming back.
Head PHSE, Duke of Kent School
The Drugsline talk was good because the speaker showed an in depth knowledge of the topics and could relate the problems to real life situations and stories that he had experienced. I learnt a lot from what he told us and it will help me to make decisions on what I will do as I get older. It is a talk that I would recommend to others.
Year 11 student Trinity School
Hitchin Boys School
WOW. What an impact. When I booked Drugsline Education I had no idea what to expect. The speaker was passionate, honest and had the students on the edge of their seats. The success of Steven speaking at our Parents Evening has opened dialogue between the school and parents as never seen before.
AD. Head of PSHE, Hitchin Boys School
VOLKSWAGEN Group Learning Services
Having managed various automotive apprenticeship programmes over the past 5 years, and currently with Volkswagen Group, it has been a real pleasure working with Steven/Drugsline Education.
Steven has worked closely with Volkswagen Group to develop a programme specifically aligned to meet the concerns and issues we have around substance misuse with our young people on programme.
Steven’s personality and character are extremely endearing, which results in our young apprentices opening up about their experiences and worries around drugs and alcohol abuse.
Drugsline Education are always available to offer the programme staff, or our learners, advice and guidance on how to deal with arising situations.
In summary, I feel that the Volkswagen Group apprentice programme, including learners and staff alike, benefit from the support and programmes delivered by Steven/Drugsline Education.
Martin Darby, Apprenticeship Key Account Manager
VOLKSWAGEN Group Learning Services