Interactive drama project will teach teenagers about dangers of drugs

HUNDREDS of teenagers will learn about the impact of drugs on the wider community as part of an interactive drama project due to take place in Limerick.

Safety Street is Ireland’s first interactive centre.

Following the success of an inaugural event in 2010, this year’s project will focus on the impact of drugs on the individual, the family and the wider community.

Teenagers from various youth groups in Limerick City will work their way through the interactive centre, where they will get to experience realistic scenarios in a safe environment.

Geraldine Tuite, a team leader with Limerick Community Co-ordinators, said: “We hope to encourage young people to look at their behaviour and the impact of this behaviour on themselves, their families and their community. We have consulted with partner agencies when developing the scenarios and held focus groups with local teenagers not only to get their feedback but also to perform in the scenarios.

“This event will once again provide an excellent opportunity to see the constructive and practical actions taken by partner agencies to tackle the issue of drugs but also related anti-social behaviour and personal safety.”

From next Tuesday to Thursday, more than 200 teenagers will engage in drama workshops facilitated by individuals from local community groups at Limerick Institute of Technology.

Safety Street 2011 will be an interactive drama experience, in which teenagers will interact with volunteer actors in order to learn about the effects of using drugs.

Teenagers will also be encouraged to make suggestions for changes or interventions for achieving more positive outcomes.

The scenarios include, the impact of drugs on the individual, the impact of drugs on the family, and the impact of drugs on the community.

The Safety Street initiative has been organised and funded in a partnership with the Mid-Western Drugs Taskforce, the Probation Service, the Regeneration Board, the Vocational Educational Committee (VEC), and Limerick City Community Safety Partnership Ltd.

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