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'Natural High' tour hailed a success across Chorley and South Ribble

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Students from ten high schools across Chorley and South Ribble have been visited by the ‘Natural High’ tour. 

Officers from our Safer Neighbourhoods teams, along with colleagues from both Chorley and South Ribble Council, have secured funding to provide the sessions which are delivered by singer/songwriter David Graham. 

They use music, competitions and positive healthy lifestyle messages to raise awareness of drug issues, promoting sources of advice and encouraging young people to make the right choices. 

The presentation encourages young people to get a ‘natural high’ from their own individual talents and students also learn about where they can get information and support from should they need it. 

Through funding provided by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) and other partners, the tour has reached over 1800 Year 7 students. 

PC Rob Connor from the Safer Neighbourhood’s Team said: The ‘Natural High’ sessions have been a huge success throughout the schools that we’ve visited, reaching nearly 2000 pupils. There’s been loads of interactive engagement which is something we really want to see from this age group and we look forward to working with David again in the future to reach even more young people.” 

David Graham said: “This show is all about building young people’s confidence in themselves. Their natural talents will give them a high that no chemical can ever do. It’s not cool to take drugs and it’s important for young people to be aware of the associated dangers and of healthy alternatives.” 

Jennifer Mullin, Director of Communities and Leisure at South Ribble Council, said: “It has been fantastic to see the children so engaged with David and the Natural High project, it has laid a good foundation to help steer the young people away from drugs, embrace their own talents and realise their full potential.   

“South Ribble Borough Council is proud to work with our Police colleagues and Chorley Council to help enable projects such as this within our communities.”