ORCHESTRA DRUMS UP SUPPORT
BROUHAHA International's Beatlife youth drumming orchestra is
celebrating a £10,000 boost to its funds following a donation from
Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank. The money will be used by the
youth orchestra to employ additional teachers and buy more
instruments to enable them to reach more young people in schools
As one of the official sponsors of the Liverpool European Capital of
Culture, and a supporter of local charitable organisations, Alliance
& Leicester Commercial Bank has pledged to provide ongoing support
Beatlife was established by Brouhaha International in 2002 to bridge
the gap between the community and professional arts. Its aim is to
provide percussion and singing workshops to children and young
people within the most deprived areas of Liverpool. To date more
than 200 young people ranging from 6 years old through to teenagers
have benefited and seen an improvement in their reading, numeracy
and classroom behaviour.
Bill Sutton, Director of Operations at Alliance & Leicester
Commercial Bank said:- "Since Alliance & Leicester were
introduced to Beatlife last year I have not stopped hearing people
enthuse about the work they do. They are one of the best examples of
a group that helps young people through the use of music. We hope
this donation will help many more people within the local
Giles Agis, Executive Director of Brouhaha International said:-
"Thanks to Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank, this is a
fantastic opportunity for Brouhaha International and the children
involved in Beatlife. This sponsorship allows us to continue to
deliver outreach work, so that the Beatlife percussion ensemble can
go from strength to strength."
drug testing kits for UK schools
THE 1st step in a drive to make free drug testing kits available
to all UK schools and parents is now underway.
A UK supplier of instant home testing kits, Preventx, are giving
thousands of their products to schools across the country to help
tackle the growing numbers of drug abuse among children.
Schools are allowed to test pupils with parents’ consent if they
have been suspected of taking and selling drugs, and in 2004, Prime
Minister, Tony Blair gave his backing to heads who decide to
introduce testing measures. The Prime Minister was alarmed at
the growth of drug-taking among teenagers with 1 in 3, 15 year olds
telling a survey they had tried an illegal substance at least once.
Preventx director, Michelle Hart said:- “This is the first of
what we hope to be many schemes that we are involved with that will
help tackle school drug issues. We supply a high percentage of
our testing kits to public schools, but due to budget constraints,
state schools sometimes cannot afford them. The government has to
realise that something should be done to an already escalating
problem. We intend on supplying not only to schools but to
parents also, so they can ease their own minds in the privacy of
their own home. If children know they could be tested, it gives them
an excuse to say ‘no’ to drugs.”
In January 2005, a random drug testing programme was introduced at
the Abbey School in Faversham, Kent. Head teacher, Peter Walker said
since introducing the testing programme, GCSE pass rates had
increased and the school felt a safer environment.
Public Health Minister, Melanie Johnson said:- "It's vital
that we make it easier for young teenagers to get tested for drugs.
By offering this service in convenient locations such as in schools
or in homes, it will make it easier to detect and prevent.”
On Wednesday 1 February an 11 year old schoolgirl from Glasgow was rushed into
hospital after collapsing in school from smoking heroin. Teachers
believed she had accidentally taken the drug but left them
astonished when she admitted to have been smoking it regularly for
the last 2 months.
Many people believe school drug testing policies can identify these
types of problems before it is too late.
The free kits are available by calling Preventx on:- 01670 821 352 or