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Rush - drugs awareness programme

School group at a learning session at the museum

Image © Pete Carr

The award winning Rush programme is run by the education team at Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered. It was developed in response to concerns from teachers and youth leaders about the growing impact of drugs misuse on young people from Merseyside and their families.

Seized! is uniquely placed to deliver the programme with access to first hand information, thought provoking displays and a close working relationship with the UK Border Force, whose national collection it houses.

Format of the programme

The Rush programme can be delivered in two forms, as a full day of activities and as a stand alone session. The programme begins with a commissioned theatre piece about a girl who faces choices, relating to experimenting with the drug mephedrone (MCat) which has been illegal since 2010. Participants are then given the opportunity to question characters in the play. This opens up discussions around the topic of drug use and its consequences.

Who is it for?

We work with key stage 3 school groups within Merseyside and also young people in the 16-24 year age bracket who are ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’ (NEET). We have strong links to organisations working with hard to engage young people such as Shaw Trust, Princes Trust, Progress Sports and In Training.

Rush currently runs for two weeks in January, with additional dates available for NEET and youth groups. Since its launch 15 years ago more than 20,000 people have participated in the programme with 810 students and 50 NEET participants taking part in 2012 alone.

The benefits

Young people attending the programme benefit socially and culturally from their first visit to a museum, as well as developing an increased sense of self worth. The programme also promotes confidence in their ability to challenge behaviours and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.

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