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Donna, one of our apprentice drug workers Donna, one of our apprentice drug workers

DHI's other (non-social enterprise) employment schemes include our Apprenticeship Scheme, in which two former clients have been apppointed as apprentice drug workers.

DHI's other (non-social enterprise) employment schemes include our Apprenticeship Scheme, in which two former clients have been apppointed as apprentice drug workers.

The two drug workers on the scheme have helped to promote DHI's drug and alcohol services by running stands and handing out leaflets at events such as music festivals. They also shadow our drug workers and help run DHI's needle exchange.

One of the workers, Donna, overcame a drug problem a few years ago after going through rehab and getting help from DHI.

She made good progress, and decided to give something back by volunteering with local charities. She was always drawn to working with drug users, and soon after starting at DHI she saw the apprenticeship post advertised, and was accepted.

"It happened at just the right time," she said. "The apprenticeship is in the area that I want to work in and it's going to develop my skills and help me get a career as a drugs worker, so it's an important stepping stone."

The two apprentices have attended training courses in areas such as drug awareness, and Donna is taking a computer course at a local college to develop workplace skills.

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