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Blog: Alcohol Awareness Week - Evaluation on our One 2 Many Programme

Secondary > November 8th, 2018


What people have to say about One 2 Many

With Alcohol awareness week fast approaching, we wanted to let you know what some of our contacts had to say about our drugs and alcohol programme: One 2 Many.

“I think it’s important that young people are aware of alcohol and drugs in a way that informs them and educates them rather than makes it seem like something positive.” 
Lyn Stepanian, the Drug And Alcohol Team Coordinator for Telford & Wrekin Council.

One 2 Many has been touring schools since 2011 using drama and workshops to raise awareness about alcohol.

Recent evaluation reports into the programme have shown the impact on students and staff.

  • Before taking part in the One 2 Many programme, 19% of students could correctly identify what constitutes as one unit of alcohol. After taking part this rose to 92%
  • 63% said that they would behave differently as a result of taking part in the One 2 Many programme
  • 100% would recommend the programme for other students.

The reaction from teaching staff has been extremely positive. Here are a couple of examples.

“The ‘One 2 Many’ programme we have had in college has been great; very slick, varied, funny, moving...and exactly right for our students. The programme delivers really important messages in a memorable way; factual information reinforced effectively throughout the session. The Loudmouth presenters were great with our students; very enabling and encouraging.”
Carol Groves, Tutor, King Edward VI Sixth Form College, Stourbridge

“The initial performance to the whole of the year was superb. Packed with all the relevant information for the pupils but also with very powerful messages throughout to reinforce the key messages. Follow up workshops reinforced messages in a way that had the pupils taking responsibility which is exactly wat was needed. Thoroughly recommended.” 
Malcolm Evans, Head of PSHE/Citizenship, Arden Academy

As with all of our programmes, One 2 Many is constantly updated and reviewed to keep it up to date and relevant. 2016 the programme was redeveloped to include work on drugs especially so called ‘legal highs’. Lyn Stepanian, the Drug And Alcohol Team Coordinator for Telford & Wrekin Council was key to this change. We have worked with Lyn for over ten years and were pleased to work with Lyn and her team on the redevelopment. Lyn explains her reason for using Loudmouth. “I’ve always found Loudmouth very reliable, very supportive, and very understanding of the work that we do in Telford and Wrekin. Teaching about alcohol and drugs can be a very dry subject if it’s delivered within lessons. What theatre in education gives young people is a chance to do is look at something in a humorous yet educational way.”

The revamp partly came about after a young man lost his life in Telford after taking a ‘legal high’. There was a lot of confusion about whether such substances were legal which the programme addressed with those who mistakenly thought that legal highs were legal dropping from 75% to 0% as a result of the programme.

One 2 Many continues to tour nationally and so we will leave you with a few final quotes from professionals who have viewed the programme.

“The message delivered was spot on and totally accurate and designed for the right age group. I would recommend Loudmouth to any school or college.” 
Sara Young, Substance Misuse Service Manager, Dudley Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust

“Every young person should have this. Carole Collins, Adolescent Sexual Health Nurse”
Sandwell PCT

“Very enjoyable, the 2 hours flew by. Impressed by a number of different things including the structure and flow of the session, knowledge of the trainers and particularly the engagement and involvement of the young people.” 
Austin Rodriguez, Birmingham South Safer Places Officer, Birmingham City Council

If you want to know more about One 2 Many to find out more about the impact or to book a session or tour then fill in a simple form here or call Caroline on 0121 446 4880.

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Brilliant acting and interaction with the children. The play itself covered puberty in an open, realistic and humorous way which forms a terrific basis for future discussion with the teacher and each other. So much depends on the enthusiasm of the actors and I feel that we were very lucky to have such a talented pair, not only to perform, but to lead the discussions afterwards. They were able to relate to the children without any embarrassment. SUPERB!!

Governor/Teacher

Compared to other companies we have had covering the same content, the actors were more flexible and accommodating to the children’s individual needs. Through their answers and questions, the children were demonstrating a higher level of understanding, empathy and personal safety.

Safeguarding Lead