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Gang and drug survivor shares his story with students

Drug awareness campaigner Paul Hannaford has made a return visit to Paddington Green Campus to speak to our Business and Travel & Tourism students.

During the one-hour presentation Paul shared his own story, which began at the age of 13, when he was just in secondary school. He began using drugs and spiralled into Class A drug addiction, alcohol abuse, crime, gangs and culmin​ated in rehab and ongoing medical treatment. After the presentation, Paul answered questions and encouraged students to find out more about the issues by accessing his blog and Facebook pages.

Since 2009 Paul Hannaford has spoken to over 300,000 young people giving them a real life insight into drug addition, alcohol, gang life, gun & knife crime, prison life, self-harm and bullying. He visits 100s of primary and secondary schools, youth centres, young offenders and many professional football clubs on their 'football in the community' projects, speaking with around 50,000 young people every year.

City of Westminster College tutor Hajar Adams, who helped organise the visit, says: “Paul Hannaford’s story had a powerful impact on everyone.  There was very positive feedback and we understand some students also chose to contact Paul afterwards via his blog to thank him and discuss points he raised. We’re very grateful to Paul for helping our students to understand more about the harsh realities – and potential consequences – of drug and gang culture.”

Find out more about Paul Hannaford’s drug awareness campaign