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Claire in drugs war front line

A SOLIHULL drug worker has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

A SOLIHULL drug worker has been nominated for a prestigious national award.

The Tackling Drugs Changing Lives Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the unsung heroes on the front-line who are working to tackle drugs and change lives every day.

Claire Tromans, a Young Person's Substance Misuse Worker with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, is in the running for the award after being nominated for her excellent work.

Claire has helped improve the lives of around 40 young people since she started working at 'Str8 Up', Chelmsley Wood in January 2007.

Young people have benefited in a number of ways as a result of the service they have received, including being re-integrated back at school, learning new skills and increasing their support network Claire often works weekends and evenings in order to accommodate the needs of young people, or to fit in extra training for herself.

Heidi Riordan, Young Persons Substance Misuse Coordinator at Str8 Up who nominated Claire for the awards, says: "Claire will always go the extra mile - sometimes quite literally.

"Three times a year she brings children together from across the borough to engage in activities such as first aid, cooking and healthy eating, raft building, assault courses and other outdoor activities. If this means Claire has to travel 40 miles to collect a child, who would not otherwise be able to attend, she will do so."

Dr Shane Bryans, Assistant Director Community Safety, Government Office for the West Midlands says: "These awards recognise the inspirational efforts of drug workers and drug teams across the West Midlands who are working tirelessly everyday to tackle drugs and change lives."

The closing date for the awards is fast approaching, so potential award winners are asked to get their nominations in now.



Cathrina Hulse
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