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Prevention is Better than Cure

What Our Clients are Saying

Bury Safety Centre, part of Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

The “Scratch and sniff cards” are on display next to our reception desk for the general public to take away. Our visitors include regular school visits, college students, and many adult groups. They are a fantastic and novel addition to our prevention talks about gas safety in the home.

Cumbria Fire & Rescue

Cumbria is a very rural county and the gas scratch and sniff cards, purchased from St Andrew Print, have been invaluable to helping to promote and inform those most vulnerable to the dangers of gas in these rural areas. The facility of the smell crystals attached have undoubtedly helped in educating those in relation to the message, coupled with the education of what to do when the smell of gas becomes apparent within the property. This has helped reduce properties previously calling 999 in the first instance as the card leaves robust information about what immediately to do and the contact numbers to utilise first to alleviate it becoming a 999 incident.

Durham Constabulary

We have used the scratch and sniff cards at several workplace training events and they have always been very well received. They proved invaluable at some recent training where participants had requested to ‘smell’ cannabis. This is something we wouldn’t have been able to do prior to the purchase of the cards!

Metropolitan Police

They really are an amazing resource. I have now used your drugs scratch & sniff cards numerous times in the primary schools I do my talks at. They have been received really well by both teachers and students.

I find that being able to actually allow students/teachers and parents to smell what cannabis smells like invaluable. Teachers and parents need to know so that if a child comes home or into school smelling of it, the chances are they are using it or someone at home or a friend is.

Equally children need to know so if a friend starts smelling of it they are probably using it or around people that are. Early detection or knowledge can only be a positive thing for everyone.

Northamptonshire Police

We’ve been using the cards and they’ve been very well received… fact I’m about to ask our admin department to order 50 drugs smells cards for one of our Chief Inspectors as she’s so impressed and wants them for a different area!

Police Scotland

On Saturday 1st April 2017, we hosted our Choices for Life event at East Kilbride Shopping Centre, in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and Cumbernauld PSYV. The event was a huge success. This was the launch of our new DRUGS – KNOW YOUR SMELLS scratch & sniff card and they went down a storm. Since then, I've had numerous people contacting me, regarding the cards, as the word has got around.

Over the 3 hours, that we were there, we estimate that we spoke to over 500 members of the public (predominately young people and parents), raising awareness of substance misuse and internet safety, whilst promoting the Choices for Life message.

The drugs/NPS scratch and sniff cards were really well received and will be a fantastic resource for Safer Communities Officers to use and continue to promote the Choices for Life message.

I can honestly say, the targets we set have been surpassed. Our intention is not only to educate and prevent people from taking substances, but to signpost those, who are unfortunately taking them, to partner agencies, who can get them back on a more positive pathway. The cards deliver that message to, not only the 11-18 year olds we are targeting, but the parents who are now coming forward seeking help.

The cards have gone down a storm and the NHS representative was well impressed with the quality and design.

Police Scotland - North Division

The Scratch n Sniff cards have been a fantastic addition to my Substance Misuse inputs at all age groups. Many haven't smelled cannabis before and are put off by the strong smell that comes from these cards - a fantastic preventative tool in my opinion. In fact one parent told me that following a drugs talk that I had delivered and handed out the cards, his daughter recognised the smell when she was in Edinburgh and steered well clear of the individuals who were smoking it nearby – i.e. it helped to keep her safe! Superb!

'The Real Face of Drugs’ cards are also an excellent resource and pupils are quite taken aback when they see the before and after photos on the cards.

Police Scotland - North East Division

I've used the cards a good number of times now and they are very popular. They definitely add something to the talk. The only problem I have had is in persuading the pupils not to keep scratching the scratch and sniff ones so they last longer.

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (Dundee)

I presented your cards to both PSYV youth groups this week as part of a general talk on drug misuse, consequences etc.

They were well received and, in particular, the before/after cards had a visible impact on the young people.

In their opinion, they would be a useful tool for peer education at school, targeted most effectively at 1st year pupils. They thought that after that most young people would have had some exposure or formed their own opinions.

I hope this feedback is useful and can I once again thank you for taking the time to be involved, anything we can do to combat the drug scourge can only be of wider benefit.

Police Force UK

I personally think it’s great, shows it for how it is. I also like the NPS scratch card message as that is big on the agenda at the moment, reference to being a “guinea pig” is a great choice of phrase.

Both cards are excellent from my perspective, not only for children but for partner agencies (housing officers etc) to get used to smells helps the UK Police Forces gain information on drugs e.g. Cannabis cultivations.

Thames Valley Police

Neighbourhood and schools’ officers are in the process of distributing the drugs cards to our safeguarding partners in educational establishments. These cards are an additional tool to inform and educate our safeguarding partners.

The Police Treatment Centres

We have been ordering our printed stationery from Ralph at St Andrews Print for many years.

The service is always excellent. Ralph is very knowledgeable and helpful, he is a pleasure to deal with.

Prices are always competitive, the product itself is excellent quality and delivery is always within the timescales quoted at the time of order.

We would recommend St Andrews Print without hesitation.

Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Policing & Community Safety Partnership

There were only young people at our first event, although, we had hoped for adults.

The young people found the smell surprising as they didn’t realise they smelled like that and found them horrible.

Mid and East Antrim Policing & Community Safety Partnership

We have reached 1400 year 10 pupils with your cards last week over two days.

The other initiatives and campaign run in conjunction with it to provide as much saturation of the message as possible.

Parents and Teachers also received the scratch and sniff cards

Neighbourhood Watch Scotland SCIO

We used St Andrew Print Solutions for the first time recently and the service was excellent. The team were very knowledgeable and helpful, and their prices were extremely competitive. The booklets arrived earlier than they estimated and were of excellent quality.

We would recommend St Andrew Print Solutions without hesitation and will definitely be using them for future printing needs.

Carmarthenshire County Council: Community Safety

Good for use with:

• ‘concerned others’ – family members of friends who access support from the drug service as they may have noticed a smell in their home before and never really knew what it was. They have been able to use the scratch and sniff cards with concerned others to try and narrow down what substances they are potentially using.

• response from the young people and professionals Youth Health Team have used them with have been overwhelmingly favourable.

• Youth Health Team used in one to one intervention sessions with young people, supported housing projects, NEET traineeship providers, Pupil Referral Units and alternative curriculum providers during substance misuse awareness and health and wellbeing workshops.

• Community health events, other engagement with the community such as meetings with local police officers

• Training events - worked in a recent GP training event.

• Staff at facilities where clients misuse drugs to raise awareness

• Schools, youth club, doctor surgeries

General positive comments:

• Good tool to get people talking, is quite different and attracts attention.

• Very positive feedback from all stating that they were an excellent education tool, most people are unaware what these drugs smell like so very informative.

• The cards are great for engaging with members of the public because can joke about the bad smelling ones.

Fife Council Housing

Fife Council contacted St Andrew Print in connection with the supply of Drug Scratch and Sniff Cards and Gas Smell cards to help raise awareness during Gas Safety Week and also as part of our Better Homes Exhibition to be held in March 2018. Costs were extremely competitive alongside impeccable service and prompt delivery.

Harrogate Borough Council - Safer Communities

Thanks for your help with the “Scratch & Sniff” cards. We have used these recently in two drugs awareness sessions we have facilitated, one to secondary school parents, the other to professionals working within the Community Safety umbrella. The cards were very popular in both sessions, with positive feedback given.

Whilst it would seem that many people could recognise the cannabis smell, the biggest surprise was for the smell of amphetamines.

The cards have been a very useful tool in our awareness raising efforts – thank you.

SHARP (Self Harm Awareness and Resource Project)

SHARP continue to use the St Andrew Print substance scratch and sniff cards in our ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ training session for professionals. The response is always interesting, we aim to raise awareness of the current climate of young people’s drug use. These cards certainly offer insight into the smells, and we encourage professionals to have informative discussions with parents/carers about identifying smells in relation to some of the newer substances. The cards open up varied dialogue in our training, it’s a great initiative as part of educating professionals and parents/carers’, it would be great to get more for synthetic cannabinoids please as we are seeing a huge increase in the use of mamba/spice nationally.

Telford and Wrekin Council: Public Health & Wellbeing

Having ordered these cards on recommendation, we have used them widely with young people’s initiatives and in training sessions. The Scratch and Sniff cards have brought a lot of attention and interest, making sessions more interactive and a point of discussion. They have been very helpful especially with practitioners who may come into contact with service users when meeting them for other support or advice.

A recommended tool for early intervention programmes.

Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland runs a primary school science programme called Energize. We added the scratch and sniff cards as a handout with our programme last year and have had great feedback from students and teachers alike.
Students bring the cards home so the whole family can learn what natural gas smells like and to call the national emergency number if they smell gas.

Northern Gas Networks

We use the smell of gas scratch and sniff cards predominately at safety talks with Yr6 students – it has really helped us give some context to the subject for the students and given us the confidence that the children will be able to identify the smell of gas in the future. The students have loved the pop-up and word search elements also and the stickers have enabled the learning to be an interactive experience.

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

Our scratch-and-sniff cards which demonstrate what gas smells like were very popular, especially with the Rainbows, aged five-seven. 

The girls learned what a gas leak smells like and to call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999 if they ever smell gas.

Cair Scotland

Ralph from St Andrew Print approached CAIR Scotland in relation to a number of opportunities for using technology to enhance the work that CAIR Scotland undertake with children and young people, professionals, parents and carers.  CAIR Scotland have a large target market as a result of the breadth of work undertaken in both children’s and adult services across Scotland in relation to risk taking behaviour and this was an opportunity to develop innovate resources in the drug and alcohol field.  Through an initial consultation, a concept was developed with broad appeal across CAIR Scotland’s service provision and funding for this project was provided by the Alcohol and Drug Partnership teams in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross.

Both Ralph and Alan have been excellent to work with and have been very accommodating throughout the process, striving to meet our expectations around the sourcing of different ‘smells’ for the product.  Due to the innovative nature of the project, St Andrew Print have had to source the smells from across Europe and they have tirelessly worked to develop smells that replicate the smell of the illicit drugs.  Both Ralph and Alan have committed a significant amount of time and energy to ensure that the product is credible and that the smells replicate illicit drugs as closely as possible. 

People who use CAIR Scotland’s services have been consulted throughout to identify the most appropriate smells and the most appealing design for the product.  I have been very pleased with the levels of interaction between Ralph, Alan and CAIR Scotland and this has really felt like a partnership effort to create our innovative resources throughout the concept and design process.  Due to the extensive consultation that has taken place with people who use CAIR Scotland’s services, this has been a lengthy process to ensure that a credible resource has been created. 

CAIR Scotland would most definitely work with St Andrew Print again as this has been an excellent and stress free process from our perspective.

change, grow, live – Wize-Up

We use the Scratch & Sniff cards frequently in our service. They are incredibly useful when we hold display stands at events as they are a great tool when explaining substances and sometimes prove to be more engaging that visual resources. When delivering harm reduction advice to parents, carers, professionals etc. who may be naive about substances, having the Scratch & Sniff cards can be a very valuable resource.

On one occasion, the team were at a local community event and were approached by a member of the public who said that they had smelt an “odd smell” whilst out and about but wasn’t sure what it was. After having a conversation with them and using the cards, it enabled us to identify that the “odd smell” was actually cannabis. The individual was shocked and began asking multiple questions, thoroughly engaging with the team, a conversation that may not have occurred without the Scratch & Sniff cards.

Berneslai Homes

We ordered a number of the Drug Awareness cards, called "DRUGS – KNOW YOUR SMELLS" from St Andrew Print, so these can be used as part of our Youth Engagement work, to raise awareness and discourage drug use within communities.

This helped in raising people’s awareness so everyone is aware of the early signs and smells to look for concerning illegal drugs and links in with our overall approach to tenancy and estate management and Vulnerability Strategy “Something Doesn’t Look Right”.

Broadland Housing Group

Alan and his team provide a first-class service. They really listened to us on our design needs, coming up with great design alternatives after listening carefully to what we need to have as a business. They really delivered a first-class service and our tenants are benefiting from the information we have provided to them.

Cartrefi Conwy

Cartrefi Conwy Housing is using scratch and sniff cards to help warn tenants to be on their guard for leaking gas by handing out thousands of gas safety leaflets to tenants, giving realistic whiff of what a gas smells like and at-a-glance advice on what to do if they suspect they have a leak.

This colourful leaflet has already proved a big hit with everyone who has received a copy with one hailing it as a potential lifesaver.

Explaining the importance of the scratch and sniff panel on the new safety leaflets Cartrefi Conwy’s Responsive Repairs and Gas Inspection Manager Jon Beer said: “Natural gas doesn’t actually have any smell at all which is why it is given a strong synthetic smell by suppliers so people can easily detect it if they have a gas leak at home.

“But if they’ve never had a gas leak people won’t have any experience of the smell and that’s why we have sent out the leaflets incorporating the scratch and sniff panel. Hopefully, when they try it out it will give them an idea of what to expect if something does go wrong.

“The leaflet also tells them what to do and who to call if they do smell gas in their property. We’re still in the process of distributing copies to all our tenants but those who have tried them so far seem very impressed.”

Jon added: “As it’s our statutory duty and also because tenants’ safety is of prime importance to us we carry out an annual gas boiler service at every one of our properties.


Curo Group

We loved the scratch and sniff cards at Curo, they are a good tool to get people talking and made people aware of what steps to take should they smell Gas. St Andrew Print were able to customise them to our branding and we had the Gas Engineers hand them out whilst completing the Annual Servicing, this was a really effective way of distributing them across a wide range of customers.

Hundred Houses Society

We ordered the Natural Gas Fragranced Scratch & Sniff Cards from St Andrews Print Solutions as part of our gas safety awareness campaign. The cards arrived promptly, well packaged and in good condition. We distributed them throughout the week, we had a great deal of interest from staff and customers alike. All in all they were a cost effective and successful way to help raise awareness of the dangers of natural gas without any risk to the tenants. I would absolutely recommend them to any organisation interested in promoting the safe use of gas.

Taff Housing

The scratch n’ sniff gas cards recently purchased from St. Andrew Print were delivered on time and within a few days that the order was placed.

The scratch n’ sniff cards gave our customers good examples of how to respond in gas escape situations by providing sample smells and important phone numbers on who to contact in gas leak circumstances.

Cards were sent out with annual gas servicing appointment letters reaching some 250 homes directly.

Teign Housing

Teign Housing has used the Gas fragranced scratch and sniff cards as part of our pro-active approach to raising and maintaining awareness across the organisation of the importance of Gas Safety in our homes, and in particular to encourage our customers to help us maintain 100% compliance by assisting with access arrangements for annual Gas Safety testing to be carried out.

Compass - Milton Keynes Young Peoples Drug & Alcohol Service

At Milton Keynes Hospital for Mental Health Awareness Week, myself and a children’s nurse manned the stall and spoke with patients and staff about the link between drugs and mental health. The scratch ‘n’ sniff cards were extremely popular as many people stated they were naïve and ignorant about drugs so it was helpful for them to identify smells. This was extremely helpful with nurses also as once they recognise a smell, they are more able to help those who are at risk of using drugs/alcohol and can offer them support or signpost them to local drug and alcohol services.
We will continue to use these cards with young people for early intervention and prevention but also with professionals for them to be able to identify smells of certain drugs.

North Yorkshire Youth

I have finished all 17 of my drug workshops now, in all of our direct delivery youth clubs, and the DRUGS – KNOW YOUR SMELLS’ cards you gave me have been used and used they are so popular and a great interactive tool to start conversations.

Redcliffe State High School

We have incorporated the use of the scratch and sniff drugs cards into our drugs awareness education program which we offer our senior students. The cards had quite an impact on our students. We intend to use these annually and would recommend their suitability to enhance the drugs awareness program in other schools or educational institutions.

Some teacher comments are outlined below:
"The kids found the postcards very interesting. Many were quite surprised by the smell of the powdered drugs and thought they smelled really toxic."

"They were great. Students were quite repulsed by the strong smell and were a bit shocked by the different smells. I definitely think it was a positive learning experience."

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