Cadets look at darker side of life

Cadet Calvin Coates; Cadet Lance Corporal Katie-Louise McCracken; Community Support Worker Elliot Price and Cadet Shane Burns.
Cadet Calvin Coates; Cadet Lance Corporal Katie-Louise McCracken; Community Support Worker Elliot Price and Cadet Shane Burns.
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TEENAGERS from Lurgan’s Army Cadet Force have been looking at the darker side of life with a study programme focusing on alcohol and drug abuse.

The Opportunity Youth sessions looked at every aspect of substance abuse, from easy temptations to addiction and also sources of help and advice.

Cadet Jamie Stewart; Cadet James Baxter; Ciaran McAuley and Cadet Adam Baxter.

Cadet Jamie Stewart; Cadet James Baxter; Ciaran McAuley and Cadet Adam Baxter.

Staff Sergeant Instructor Neville Lawther said, “We’re always looking for ways for our Cadets to extend their understanding of relevant social issues and this training from Opportunity Youth seemed particularly appropriate and in tune with the problems facing all young people today.

“None of us with an interest in the welfare and happiness of teens likes to think that alcohol or substance abuse will ever touch their lives but we would be fooling ourselves if we ignored the risks and temptations.

“The best protection we can offer is to equip our young people with the facts and the maturity to make wise decisions. I firmly believe that the self-confidence and discipline which the Cadet movement instils are enormously important in this respect and, increasingly, we are adding new skills and learning experiences to our Cadet curriculum.”

Lurgan Open Cadet Detachment starts back after the Summer recess on Wednesday, August 31, starting at 6.45 and finishing at 9pm. New recruits – aged between twelve and a half and eighteen – are welcome.

On completion of the short Opportunity Youth course the Cadets each received certificates to mark their participation. Pictured (from left to right) are: Cadet Lance Corporal Samuel Deans; Cadet Corporal David Matthews; Ciaran McAuley, Assistant Manager of Opportunity for Youth and Cadet Tom Brown.

On completion of the short Opportunity Youth course the Cadets each received certificates to mark their participation. Pictured (from left to right) are: Cadet Lance Corporal Samuel Deans; Cadet Corporal David Matthews; Ciaran McAuley, Assistant Manager of Opportunity for Youth and Cadet Tom Brown.