PEMBROKE Rotary Club’s annual drug awareness workshops are once again making a tour of schools in the Pembroke and Pembroke Dock area, thanks to Valero Pembroke Refinery.

Led by Theatr Fforwm Cymru, the workshops use interactive drama and group activities to help Year 6 pupils explore some of the risks around drug taking and peer pressure that they might encounter as they go to secondary school.

Valero Refinery Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton stressed the ongoing benefits of the initiative: “Pembroke Refinery is delighted to continue our support for these drug awareness workshops, which we have been doing now for 19 years.

“The joint efforts put in by Pembroke Rotarians and Theatr Fforwm Cymru in educating our young children about what to expect in secondary school is incredibly important, and the use of these drama workshops to help children explore these issues in a safe and positive environment is a brilliant way to get that message across.”

Dennis Jones of the Rotary Club of Pembroke, which organises events in its long-running Community Service Programme, said: “The Rotary Club of Pembroke is very grateful to Valero for their ongoing support for this initiative.

“Helping our young children navigate these issues at this age as they prepare for the future is a big challenge, but being able to involve Theatr Fforwm Cymru and having the willing cooperation of the schools makes this a delight to be able to organise year after year."