Come and Help Fight Drug Abuse; Volunteers Sought for City Research Project

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Byline: By STEPHEN HALLMARK stephen.hallmark@mrn.co.uk

A CHARITY has launched an appeal for volunteers from African communities who want to tackle drug abuse in Coventry.

Minorities of Europe (MoE), based in Walsgrave Road, Stoke, Coventry, has won funding to cover the costs and expenses of six people who will undertake research into how drug abuse is affecting minority groups in the city.

Project manager Henry Squire said training, which will lead to a pre- university qualification, would be provided at the University of Central Lancaster. He said: "We realised there could be a growing problem in Coventry, especially because different communities, such as the Asian groups, already have their own specialists who are there to help when people from their culture get involved in drugs.

"There are growing numbers of people from Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria and Zimbabwe coming to Coventry, and it's clear that the infrastructure needs to be put in place to help if problems occur.

"It will help if the volunteers are from those black communities, because that will make them accessible, since they will be speaking to people from their own culture and in their own language. …