Sketch of shame: Crucial to break the cycle of youngsters turning to drugs

Bournemouth Echo: REGENERATION HOPE: Adrian Griffiths. Picture by : Richard Crease REGENERATION HOPE: Adrian Griffiths. Picture by : Richard Crease

WORKERS at the youth club in Churchill Gardens told how the youngsters were once playing rounders when a man they believed to be asleep on the grass was found to have collapsed and died.

Youth worker Adrian Griffiths said the challenge for them is “breaking the cycle” of youngsters getting involved in drugs.

Mr Churchill, a zone leader of Bournemouth’s integrated youth services, said he was not surprised by the boy’s pictures due to what he sees in the area.

“Hopefully regeneration is coming this way,” he said.

Boscombe is always a high area of deprivation and we are trying to improve services for young people.”

Mr Griffiths said as the houses overlooking Churchill Gardens are most commonly houses of multiple occupancy, an estimated 1,000 residents overlook the park from their homes.

He is hoping improvements seen at Boscombe Cresent and Roumelia Lane can spread to other parts of Boscombe. “The people in the boy’s pictures are adults and drugs and prostitution go hand in hand,” he added.

“People who end up involved in drugs and prostitution start somewhere and we’ve got to find these people when they are young to prevent this.”

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6:37pm Tue 12 Jun 12

makingsenseofitall says...

Mr Griffiths is campaigning to reopen the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts....we need a large, permanent, central site in Boscombe to help with a large problems and give young people a chance in life.
Mr Griffiths is campaigning to reopen the Boscombe Centre for Community and Arts....we need a large, permanent, central site in Boscombe to help with a large problems and give young people a chance in life. makingsenseofitall
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6:38pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Dibbles2 says...

Break the cycle? We have reported dealers to Porchester and Avonbourne School who wait outside peddling their wares to kids and target the young girls.
Break the cycle? We have reported dealers to Porchester and Avonbourne School who wait outside peddling their wares to kids and target the young girls. Dibbles2
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6:38pm Tue 12 Jun 12

makingsenseofitall says...

Sorry Mr. Griffiths...I meant to write that I hope you are campaigning for the BCCA...I actually have no idea if you are or not....
Sorry Mr. Griffiths...I meant to write that I hope you are campaigning for the BCCA...I actually have no idea if you are or not.... makingsenseofitall
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