Re-Solv Stoke – Parents and Carers

If you’re a parent or a carer, we would love you to be a part of this project. The more of us who know about drugs and who can share that knowledge – with young people and with other parents – the better able we will be to prevent drug use.

Talking with your child about drugs

Talking about drugs with your children can protect them from harm. Often parents underestimate their influence but evidence shows that 11-15 year-olds in particular look to their parents for information.

It can be hard to know how and when to start talking. Please download our guide to help you begin having these conversations, whether it’s over a cup of tea, a family meal, a walk in the park or a drive to school – wherever and however fits best into your family life.

If you have talked with your child about drugs, that’s brilliant – but you may need to do it again! According to the expert drug education agency, Mentor UK, “three-quarters of parents of 11-16 year olds thought they had had a conversation about drugs with their child, but less than half as many (36%) 11-17 year olds said they remembered such a conversation.

Please, keep talking.


Parent volunteers

Could you get involved? We are looking to train a network of parent volunteers who can provide information and support or signposting to other parents and carers.

Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about the free training on offer, and how your ideas could inform the resources we create and the work we do in Stoke-on-Trent.


If it sounds interesting, or if you would just like some more info, we would love to hear from you. Please phone Julie on 01785 817885 or email

Thank you!

Free awareness-building sessions for parents

It can be daunting to feel that your child knows more about drugs than you do. As a result, Re-Solv is funded to come and deliver free workshops for parents, where you can learn more about the kind of substances young people may be taking or may see their friends taking.

If you think this would be helpful for your parent group, PTA, book circle … whatever the group may be, please get in touch and we can put a date in the diary. Please phone Julie on 01785 817885 or email

More help and info

ADFAM is a national charity offering information and support for the families of drug and alcohol users:

TalktoFrank provides an A to Z of every drug, with information about appearance, use, effects, health risks and UK law. There’s also a confidential phone helpline and live chat service: 0800 776600

Why not find out – This website is an independent source of information about ‘legal highs’ – their harms and history, legality and how to stay safe.

Kooth – Free online counselling for young people – check and see if it’s available in your area.

The Mix – The UK’s free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn.

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