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Four speakers share their stories with over 400 Ashbourne pupils

Posted on 25th November 2014

Ashbourne Your Choice

Pupils at a secondary school in Ashbourne have been learning about making the right lifestyle choices following a series of talks from inspiring speakers.

Experts and people with experiences in drug and alcohol abuse, sexual exploitation, and hate crime spoke to around 450 young people at Queens Elizabeth’s Grammar School last week.

It came as part of a ‘Your Choice’ event organised by Derbyshire Constabulary, with the aim of showing the students how the decisions that they make have consequences to encourage them to think carefully about their choices.

The seminar was delivered to students aged 14 and 15-years-old and centred on the speakers sharing their personal experience on sensitive issues including war, sexual exploitation and overcoming adversity.

The speakers included Simon Brown, Lucy Smith, Shaun Maguire and DR. Manny Barrot, who spoke to the pupils about the choices that they have made and how those choices have had a huge impact on them, for better or worse.

PC Sarah-Jayne Sims, who has organised the event, said: “The event went extremely well and was well received by the school.

“Speaking to students after the event showed how inspirational the talk was to them, they were asking the speakers questions to find out more about their stories and said that they would, in future, think carefully about the choices that they make.”

Mrs Humphrey-Lewis, Assistant Headteacher at the school, said: “I was delighted when we were asked to host the Your Choice event at the school. This is the second time that it has been held here and it is such a powerful and meaningful seminar. I think that it is something that the children will always remember from their time here at the school.”

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