Family fun day held by Kettering-based charity

Pupils from St Andrew's School at the Solve-It event

Pupils from St Andrew's School at the Solve-It event

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A Kettering-based charity held a family fun day to raise awareness of the consequences of solvent abuse among children and young people.

Solve-It, a charity dedicated to reducing volatile substance abuse, held the event at St Andrew’s Primary School in Grafton Street, Kettering, on Tuesday to coincide with Child Safety Week and an international appeal day against drug use.

Charity trustees hoped the day would support health and well-being in Kettering’s Northfield ward after latest figures showed that nationally, more than 232,000 young people aged 11 to 15 had abused solvents at some time in 2011.

Solve-It spokesman Joy Smith said: “Through increasing knowledge, understanding and empathy we are trying to keep children safe, creating a stronger link between families and their community.”

She added: “The day really helped strengthen our links with the community and hopefully raised awareness of who we are and what we do.”

Dozens of people enjoyed activities in the sun as well as being given the chance to talk to Solve-It volunteers and take part in activities which encouraged interaction with parents and guardians.

For more details about the work of Solve It call 0800 414690.