Schoolchildren in Bushey heard a hard-hitting message about the dangers of knife and drug crime during the latest workshops coordinated by Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership.
Purcell School was visited by Paul Hannaford, who spoke to pupils.
He has previously held workshops at schools across the area and spoke about how he went from being a promising footballer in Year 9, who occasionally smoked cannabis with friends, to heroin and crack cocaine addiction and prison by his mid-20s.
During his visit to Purcell School, he spoke to all the children from year 7 to year 12.
Paul said: “Having the opportunity to speak to young children and help steer them away from danger is very important and fulfilling.
“If I can use my experience of knife and drug crime to educate children then that is a considerable positive to come out of a difficult experience.”
Loran Kingston, Community Safety Intervention Officer, said: “Paul’s talks are not intended to scare young people, but to provide an honest account of the perils of drug taking and to warn about how drug taking can spiral out of control and lead to dependency.”
You can find out more about Paul’s story by visiting his website http://www.paulhannaford.com/life-story
For more information and to arrange a workshop at your school, contact Loran Kingston on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8207 2277.