Motivated by local media reports of young lives being lost to drugs, members of Taunton Rotary have acted quickly to support the North Taunton Partnership ' Drug Bus' initiative aimed at educating young people on the impact of drug abuse.
Organisers of community events in the Priorswood area have arranged for a specially adapted double decker to make a series of visits during the summer months to welcome young people aboard the ‘Drug Bus’ to participate in activities that bring home the reality of experimenting with substances at any level.
The travelling activity centre is provided by Resilience Voyage, a Somerset-based company which designs and runs stimulating and interactive, resilience and prevention workshops and programmes.
A cheque for £350 towards the cost of bringing the ‘Drug Bus’ to the area was presented to Mrs Lesley Thomas, manager of the North Taunton Community Centre by Tony Cox, Taunton Rotary Club President-elect, on behalf of Tom Stobie, himself a former police officer with the Metropolitan Police’s Drugs Squad.
Tom spoke of his own passion to see young people deterred from starting down the road of drug taking and its often-tragic consequences,
‘As a retired Detective Sergeant with many years’ experience in the Met. Police Drugs Squad and at the sharp end of policing, I wholly endorse the ‘prevention before cure’ strategy. The Drug Bus in my opinion will assist in guiding the young away from the drug scene. If other members of the community would like to join with the Rotary Club of Taunton in our ongoing support of this and similar community initiatives please contact Adrian Prior-Sankey.