24 May Paul Hannaford comes to our Just play session
Last Saturday 21st May. WWSET Welcomed Mr Paul Hannaford a highly regarded public speaker on gang, drugs and violence to speak to the local youth community in High Wycombe. He visited our Saturday evening ‘Just Play sessions’ down at the Cressex Astroturf Facility.
Mr Hannaford travels all over the UK visiting 100’s of primary/secondary schools, youth centres, young offenders and many professional football clubs on their ‘football in the community’ projects, speaking with around 50,000 kids every year.
The age range of the kids he speaks to start from 7 through to young adults and tailors the workshops for the younger ones, giving them a watered down version of his life. Each workshop lasts around 45 min allowing 15 min for Q & A.
Since 2009 he has spoken to well over 300,000 young people giving them a real life insight into drug addition, alcohol, gang life, gun & knife crime, prison life, self-harm & bullying.
Saturday saw over 30-40 young adults listen and enjoy his talk on the subjects listed above.
Aqeel Akram- The WWSET Social Inclusion & Health Manager said-
“Paul Hannaford is a remarkable man. His story is astonishing and how he has turned his life around is inspiration to many out there. The work he is doing is fantastic and cannot be measured. It was a pleasure to have him at our Just Play session delivering his workshop to the youngsters, who were totally stunned and had admiration for his experiences. The workshop was engaging, though provoking, to the point, with a touch of humour from Paul. We wish Paul every success in life and hope to work with him in the future again”