Oaklands College welcomed drug and gun-knife crime activist Paul Hannaford to our St Albans facilities, to speak to hundreds of college students about the perils of drugs and the dangerous road it can take addicts down.
Speaking entirely from life experiences, after spending over £1.5 million on drugs throughout his life-time, stealing up to £5 million of goods from stores to fuel his addictions and regularly teetering on the brink of death, Paul’s story is an inspirational one.
Proudly, Paul is now over ten years clean and sober and has restored his relationship with his family, including his daughter, who plays a prevalent part in his harrowing story.
Since turning his life around, Paul has travelled all across the country to hundreds of primary/secondary schools, youth centres, young offenders units and a variety of professional football clubs as part of their ‘football in the community’ projects. Paul speaks to over 50,000 children every year to warn them of the perils of crime and since 2009 he has spoken to well over 300,000 youngsters as he looks to ensure his story becomes an isolated one and not part of a common theme.
Parents and students of Oaklands College have since praised the work carried out by Paul Hannaford, with one parents stating; “my son was very impressed with Paul’s story, he took it all in and when he got home from college he told me Paul’s life story, I’m thrilled Oaklands College covered this topic.”
Paul’s talks cover a large area across the UK, with schools, colleges and students in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Kent and Surrey all benefitting from his life experience and advice.