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NHS Northamptonshire Drug and Alcohol Service

"Thank you for a very interesting and informative presentation to the psychiatric medical staff in May 2009. There was a varying range of experience with drug and alcohol issue in the room, but you were able to engage with us all quite successfully and cover a range of issues." Click here to view full reference...

Dr Shebu Lukose, Staff Grade, Addictions Psychiatry, Northamptonshire Drug and Alcohol Service

Maggie Gibson - e2e Teacher, Northampton College

"Mr John Hogan has a great talent for engaging and connecting with any audience he is delivering to . . . It is clear and apparent that John has a real passion for, and knowledge of, the subjects he  presents. This, coupled with his honesty and belief in people, is a rare and precious gift to find in a person. My learners appreciated John’s openness and this was reflected in all of the positive evaluation sheets and praise for John’s work.

I believe that John has the capability and skill to work with people who require extra support in life and need someone to believe in them. I have the utmost respect for John and hope that we will work together again in the future."
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Maggie Gibson, e2e Teacher, Northampton College

Youth Service - Northampton South West Area

"I am writing on behalf of the team I manage to express how impressed we were at the delivery of a 'Drugs' workshop that John delivered . . . The information he provided was not only useful but excellent . . . Some workers commented that the content and delivery of the workshop was the best they had been involved in . . . I would agree with them." Click here to view full reference...

Debbie Tew, Youth Work Team Leader

Northamptonshire Grammar School

"I would like to convey my thanks to John Hogan for coming to our school and keeping 75 people spellbound for an hour and a half. The talk he gave was extremely informative and certainly gave us all much food for thought; he was great and what's more, all the pupils are of the same opinion. I am sure he will have helped them to make much more informed decisions in their social lives." Click here to view full reference...

Mrs Lyon, Head of Year 10

Northamptonshire County Council, Springboard Project

"John spent the afternoon with us and gave two presentations to two staff supported groups. Some of the young people at Springboard have behavioural difficulties and sometimes have issues with prolonged listening and attention span. However, John held their attention for the whole afternoon with his entertaining and informative talk. The young peoples’ evaluation was excellent – they particularly enjoyed the ‘drug boxes’. Staff comments were favourable also. John’s natural way with young people and his style of presentation certainly made the difference to their understanding." Click here to view full reference...

Sue Martin, Area Programme Co-ordinator

Roade XL Club

"I know that the groups enjoyed and have gained a lot from his presentations on substance misuse. John built up a very good relationship with the young people during the time he visited the XL Club. The groups can be very challenging at times and I feel that John had the level of skills to deal with situations that arose. I would also like to take the opportunity to say how much I valued working with John; I know that staff and students at Roade School will miss him greatly." Click here to view full reference...

Jenny Evans, Youth Worker

Northamptonshire County Council, Children and Young People's Youth Service

"John Hogan presented a session... on the issue of alcohol misuse to a group of sixteen young people. He was placed under a certain amount of pressure by the group who were eager to spend their informal time at the club indulged in other activities. Nevertheless many of the young people showed their interest in the subject matter by asking relevant questions, which resulted in the intended thirty minute delivery time being considerably extended. The group expressed an interest in John returning at a later date to present the topic of cannabis misuse." Click here to view full reference...

Kevin Jane, Area Youth Worker

SMART UK Advisory Service

"I must firstly say how thoroughly delighted we all are that you are accepting our invitation to join our SMART UK Advisory Committee, this is a genuine pleasure for us all. In inviting individuals to join, key attributes that we look for are exemplary professional capabilities, dedication to the field they work in, standing within their organisation, commitment to the SMART UK organisation, and perhaps above all, a proactive and astute attitude. All the attributes have without doubt shone through in all our dealings with you personally and we are really excited to be working with you on this new level." Click here to view full reference...



"John kept their attention for well over an hour, answering their questions without patronising and getting a very serious message across with humour. The statistics were amazing and put across in such a way that the kids took the information on board. I understand that John is changing jobs in the near future; he will be a hard act to follow." Click here to view full reference...

Frances Peck, Scout Leader

Daventry and South Northants
NHS Primary Health Care Trust

"I am very pleased that you have been able to secure a post in the area of work that you hold a true passion for . . . I am sure it will provide you with the opportunity you deserve in order to gain future employment." Click here to view full reference...

Carole Dehghani, Health Improvement and Public Involvement Manager

Job Centre Plus

"John presented the information to us in a positive, enthusiastic way, and held the attention of the approximately 30 staff present for the duration of the one hour meeting." Click here to view full reference...

Sharon Jones, Customer Service Manager

Northamptonshire County Council, Children and Young People's Youth Service

"On behalf of the Children and Young People's Youth Service, I would like to acknowledge and thank you for providing a comprehensive and interesting presentation at our District Wide meeting last night. We would welcome you back at some stage in the new year to facilitate on the subject further." Click here to view full reference...

Karen Bricknell, Team Leader, Daventry


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