A ‘Choices for Life’ Open Day will be held at the Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie Park, Paisley on Tuesday 24 March 2015.
Around 150 children from schools in the Paisley area will be entertained by various theatre and community groups and get the opportunity to take part in a selection of active workshops and diversionary opportunities.
As well as it being an action packed day full of activities, there will also be a series of important messages being delivered.
Young people can often find themselves under intense peer pressure to take drugs, drink alcohol or become involved in antisocial behaviour. It is important to highlight the dangers and risks associated with these issues and the impact they can have.
This event aims to provide young people with information and knowledge about such issues so that they can make informed decisions with the end result helping them make positive lifestyle choices.
The day has been arranged by Police Scotland and officers have teamed up with a number of partners and organisations such as Renfrewshire Council, Ferguslie Park Housing Association, Ferguslie League of Action Group, Engage Renfrewshire, Kibble Works, Ferguslie Community Group, Shape Up Educational Charity, Princes Trust and Street Stuff which is a partnership programme between Renfrewshire Council, St Mirren Football Club, Engage Renfrewshire, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue.
The event is also fully supported by local MP, MSP and Councillors.
Chief Superintendent Jim Downie, Divisional Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde said:
“It takes a lot for a young person to say no to something all their friends are doing, as they can feel pressured into doing something they really don’t want to do.
“These events are about offering practical advice on how to deal with these issues and other problems, giving young people the access to information that will give them the confidence they need to make positive choices in their lives.
“We hope the event will equip young people with useful information which in turn will allow them to deal with the potential issues which they could be facing as they come into adulthood.”