Home Office Review: Angelus has campaigned hard for a public health programme and stopping supply of these substances through the high street headshops. On 30 October, the Home Office published its review on legal highs which included commitment to both objectives. Angelus will be working with officials and MPs from all parties to ensure the report’s recommendation are delivered on.
The former Drugs Minister, Norman Baker MP said in a Parliamentary debate,” I thank Maryon Stewart and her organisation for the superb work they have done over the years to push the agenda and highlight the importance of prevention and education.”
Films: Angelus has produced the first ever education film about risks and harms from synthetic cannabis. It was made in partnership with KCA (Kent Youth Services) and was featured on BBC News.
A new comedy film, starring stand-up comic Jeff Leach, called Lab Rats was launched via social media on 12 December.
Schools Programme: Angelus continues to take its films into schools and encourage young people to complete a questionnaire, capturing both the knowledge and attitudes before and after viewing an Angelus film. After viewing the film 96% of the students state that it has put them off trying legal highs or taking them again.
Ambassadors: Television presenters Eamonn Holmes and Dr Hilary Jones have agreed to become Angelus Ambassadors and have been engaging on a new film project for parents ready to be launched in Spring 2015.
Festivals: We have worked closely with the Association of Independent Festivals and persuaded dozens of festivals (including Glastonbury) to blackout their websites on 3 May with safety information. We have also formed a close partnership with Brownstock Festival in Essex to assist with audience safety around new substances.
Yourvine: Angelus has launched an innovative learning programme with marketing experts Yourvine. The Real Deal game exposes the reckless and haphazard nature of the supply of these substances and includes key health and safety messages. Results show the game is very successful in challenging views on these substances and encouraging a more enlightened outlook to their risks. Analytics produced by Yourvine show: 81% understood legal highs were dangerous, 89% felt they had learnt something and 71% would definitely recommend it to a friend.
Angelus successfully achieved the removal of all ‘legal highs’ from Amazon UK and international websites.
Ketamine film: Angelus met with the Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Professor Les Iversen, who was about to publish a report on harms of ketamine. Angelus was invited to produce and show a film about the dangers of ketamine at the press launch. The film attracted coverage by BBC TV News at One as well as the Daily Mail.
Our young people’s website has an updated version of ‘Not What it Says on the Tin’ to reflect legal changes. Our site had over 50,000 hits in 2013 with an average visit time of over eight minutes.
Home Affairs Committee: Maryon Stewart and Jeremy Sare gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee in November 2013 – the subsequent report paid tribute to the work of Angelus and encouraged the Government to engage with The Angelus Foundation to initiate an improved schools programme on legal highs.
University students: Angelus set up stalls on NPS awareness at Sussex University, Canterbury and King’s College London . Students were surveyed about their knowledge and experience of NPS, were shown films and were engaged with personally.
In August 2013, Angelus published a handbook for parents in conjunction with Adfam and the Club Drug Clinic. It contains basic information on legal highs and club drugs, including advice on how to hold a conversation with young people about the additional risks of these substances.
The international communications agency Leagas Delaney created a national media campaign to support Findout in 2012. On October 2012, Angelus launched the first comprehensive online resource for young people in the world dedicated to legal highs and club drugs at http://www.whynotfindout.org.
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