Paul Hannaford

Dear PSHE Head,
Havering Drug and Alcohol Action Team has been proud of its support and involvement with Paul Hannaford, a recovering crack cocaine and heroin addict, who has developed an education project for use in both secondary and primary schools.

Paul describes how his use of recreational drug and alcohol misuse throughout his teens became powerful forces in his life, leading him to be excluded from 3 local schools, join a local gang and receive a string of convictions as a youth. . . all of which conspired to lead him into his future path of addiction in his 20s and the painful descent into a world of despair, life threatening chaos and crime for 15 years.

Paul's story is ideal for schools wanting to address the personal, social and health consequences of drug use, with Paul's project available to support and add experiential value to existing teacher-led drug education programmes. Paul has worked with over 150 primary and secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units talking to over 125,000 children. Paul has also delivered his project in partnership with the police, fire brigade, social services and the Kickz project run by Premiership football clubs. Paul has also won awards for his work from the London Fire Brigade and the English Cricket Foundation.

Please visit Paul's website at or email him directly at for further details about his work and how to discuss planning a visit to your school to speak with teachers, pupils or parents.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Warm wishes,

Mr Daren Mulley,
Drug & Alcohol Action Team,
London Borough of Havering


London Borough of Havering Youth Service,
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