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Kenward Trust has been delivering residential alcohol and substance rehabilitation and recovery programmes for men and women for more than 50 years. We are passionate about our work and helping individuals transform their lives by avoiding dependence upon drugs and alcohol. This is vital and essential for all of us living in society since substance abuse can affect anyone, anywhere and at any time of life.

Our Kenward in the Community team have been delivering preventive, early intervention and outreach-focused substance misuse services for young people in Kent for over 20 years. The team come from diverse social backgrounds and are all highly skilled at delivering youth services. They are all fully DBS checked to work with young people and vulnerable adults.

Young people today often feel under a great deal of pressure, whether it be to succeed in exams, maintain relationships or to look or act in certain ways. These stresses can have a significant impact on both physical and emotional health. Our long history of supporting people with alcohol and substance addiction issues, and the running of our youth programmes, meant that we are acutely aware of the importance of early education around alcohol and substance misuse.

We launched Think Differently in 2016 to deliver unique and proactive alcohol and substance education to secondary schools pupils age 11-18 in Kent and Medway. The aim is for young people to gain a better understanding of the effect substance misuse has on physical and mental health, emotional wellbeing, relationships and future achievements.

Click here to read our two year evaluation report.

Think Differently uses real life stories and experiences from individuals with previous drug and alcohol addictions, ex-offenders and current prison volunteers, to engage with young people to raise awareness of the issues and potential consequences of drug and alcohol dependency. Their stories focus on thoughts, feelings, behaviours, underlying issues and how the choices they make can have an effect in their life, family and community around them and can make some young people more susceptible to substance misuse.

It helps young people to see these issues of crime and addiction and how it affects people, such as breakdown of relationships with families and friendships, gangs and peer pressure, crime and prison, and emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, despair and selfishness. However, throughout the stories there are examples of hope, friendship, determination, understanding and change. These positive messages help young people to understand that it is never too late to make a positive change in your life.

Much of the positive feedback we receive about Think Differently sessions is about the young people hearing ‘real stories from real people’ in a very open and honest way that cover a wide range of situations and emotions that are associated with substance misuse.


Half Day (up to 3hrs) £250

Full Day (up to 6hr) £350

These costs include bespoke alcohol and drug education from our highly skilled and experienced Kenward in the Community Team, all resources and hand outs and travel costs.

Think Differently can be tailored to meet the individual needs of your school and/or particular year groups. It can be delivered to the whole school via an assembly, to specific year groups, to a small group of targeted individuals who may be at risk of alcohol and substance misuse.

If you would like to discuss our Think Differently programme attending your school, or have any other questions relating to drugs and alcohol, please do get in touch with me using the details below.

We look forward to working with you and your school to deliver valuable drug and alcohol education and awareness to your pupils.


99% of teachers have rated Think Differently either 'excellent' or really good'

88% of young people have rated Think Differently as 'excellent', 'really good' or 'good'

A spokesperson from The Rochester Grammar commented this after Think Differently visited their school:

"We would like to praise Andy who came to our school ,The Rochester Grammar, today to talk about drugs and life decisions we found his talk and life story very inspirational and it touched all of us deeply".

A Teacher from Tonbridge Grammar School commented this about Think Differently:

"I have been in one of the sessions this morning and I must say it is INCREDIBLE. The stories, the way they are been told, the absolutely hard hitting life Andy has had, moved me to tears in several points in the presentation. Seeing that he now is the picture of health as I told him and seen what his background was, has been a very emotional roller coaster. Our students are captivated by what he tells, they were completely attentive and engaging with the speakers. It is (sadly) so relevant to young people nowadays and I just hope what they have heard today helps them in the future to make the right choice. I must say I am impressed and really grateful for having them here today so THANK YOU so much for allowing this to happen."

If you would like to discuss our Think Differently programme attending your school please contact, John Shanley, on 01622 814187 or email

Any questions please do ask, and we look forward to supporting your school and students with education on drugs and alcohol, ASB and prison.