The team from Fearless, Crimestoppers’ youth brand, recently attended the annual National Crimebeat Awards and had the honour of presenting 3rd prize to the Dig-it Team from West Sussex.
Dig-it is a project which started in 2009 and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. The project addresses young people’s needs for drug and alcohol information, advice and support, teaching them to form responsible choices about drugs. The volunteers have all been specially trained to help make their roles as effective as possible.
The project aims to reduce the risk of 11-24 year olds becoming victims or offenders of drug crime and also reduce the harm caused to communities when faced with drug and alcohol misuse. The project does this by hosting its own website providing information and support to those who need it. It also provides workshops to schools, colleges and youth clubs around the consequences of drug and alcohol misuse.
Over 1500 young people have benefited from or are participating in the workshops, including vulnerable young adults with learning difficulties. The scheme is supported by West Sussex Drug & Alcohol Team as well as reformed drug users who advise and share valuable experiences with participants, and Outset – a youth volunteering charity – which is helping find young volunteers to help deliver the project across West Sussex.
A well-deserved award for a very worthwhile project!