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Hilton of Cadboll Primary wins award to prevent substance use among young people

By Federica Stefani

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Catriona Macrae from Hilton of Cadboll Primary was delighted about the win.
Catriona Macrae from Hilton of Cadboll Primary was delighted about the win.

AN Easter Ross school snapped silver for its effort in preventing substance abuse.

Hilton of Cadboll Primary School was selected as the winner of the silver Substance Aware School (SAS) Award, which came with a cash prize of £500.

Teacher Catriona MacRae said: “We were delighted to find out we had received the Silver award. It was lovely to be able to share the news with the pupils at our school, especially during such uncertain times. We look forward to continuing our education on substance awareness and furthering our school pupils’ knowledge.”

A joint partnership between the Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (HADP), The Highland Council, NHS Highland, and Police Scotland, the SAS Award aims to support and promote evidence informed substance education and prevention in the Highlands, as well as celebrating good practice and encouraging healthy attitudes and behaviours among young people in the region.

Smithton Primary School and Millburn Academy in Inverness were respectively first and third in the competition.

The cash prize is to be spent on positive activities for young people in order to help to deter substance use.

Ian Kyle, Head of Integrated Children’s Services at the Highland Council said: “We are delighted with the response from organisations to this year’s awards. The toolkit is available to teachers, youth workers and other professionals and provides up to date information, advice and lesson plans to assist with the delivery of substance misuse education. We are thrilled that organisations continue to make use of the online resources which includes links to websites, leaflets, publications, electronic learning material, lesson plans and teaching aids”.

The Substance Aware School (SAS) Award has been developed to recognise and reward consistent, ongoing approaches to prevent substance use among young people across the Highlands.

Information on how to apply for the SAS award can be found at the Highland Substance Awareness Toolkit.

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