Hibernian Community Foundation at SWAF event

Scotch Whisky Action Fund recipients share experience of protecting against alcohol misuse

29 May 2018

Recipients of funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund have shared their experiences and what they have learned in conducting their work at an event in Edinburgh.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) set up the Scotch Whisky Action Fund in December 2013. It gives £100,000 each year to projects working to reduce alcohol harm in Scotland.

The fund, which extends the SWA's commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking, is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity. The event held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh heard from six organisations that benefitted from the fund in 2016.

The audience, made up of voluntary organisations, members of the Scotch Whisky industry and other bodies were given an overview of the projects, the outcomes they achieved and the challenges they faced.

Dame Joan Stringer, Chair of the Awards Panel, said: "Over the years I have chaired the Fund, I have been impressed by the range and quality of the projects that have sought funding. This year was no different.

"The quality of the bids, and the potential benefit they can have on the lives of those affected by alcohol misuse, makes the Award Panel's task difficult, but rewarding.

"By hearing the experiences of the initiatives and learning from them, we are able improve the work of the Fund and the positive impact it is having across Scotland."

Chief Executive of the SWA Karen Betts said: "The Scotch Whisky Association is proud to support organisations across Scotland that are delivering innovative, community based projects which work to tackle alcohol misuse.

"Since the Fund was launched 5 years ago, 37 awards have been made to projects delivering a range of initiatives which help those whose lives are affected in some way by alcohol misuse.

"Events like today bring our project partners together, so they can exchange experiences and learn from each other. They're also very good opportunities for us to get feedback on the fund and how we make the awards, so we can ensure that the fund has as much impact as possible, and for us to hear about some of the great work going on to support individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol misuse."

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Notes to editors:

The seven organisations are:

CrossReach

Funding towards staff costs, volunteer training, art and activity materials, and other costs to enable the organisation to run three, age-appropriate group work programmes (aged 7-10, 9-11 and 11-14) that meet the needs of children and young people who have been affected by problematic parental alcohol use in their families.

Hibernian Community Foundation

Funding towards the cost of sessional coaches, learning materials and healthy snacks to enable the organisation to deliver a preventative alcohol education project to P5, P6 and P7 pupils via 20 schools in Leith and North Edinburgh. The project will introduce children to alcohol and its effects whilst promoting positive lifestyle messages of physical activity and healthy eating.

Reeltime Music

Funding towards sessional staff costs and organisational overheads to enable the organisation to roll out a creative alcohol misuse programme across ten schools in the Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Airdrie areas of North Lanarkshire.

Mentor Foundation UK

Funding towards the salary costs of a Project Manager, travel costs, mentor and peer educator expenses, recruitment materials, training, workshop and evaluation materials, Dynamic Youth/Youth Achievement Awards, and a contribution to overheads to enable the organisation to deliver the Me & You (Mentor Youth) Project a peer-led programme that aims to build resilience to risks - including alcohol misuse and offending behaviour - and to foster healthy ambition, determination and a sense of community.

Outfit Moray

Funding towards the cost of two qualified outdoor instructors, transport, administration and insurance, specialist clothing and outdoor equipment, publicity costs and staff training to enable the organisation to deliver a pilot project in Moray for young people aged 13-18 that will combine the benefits of outdoor education with the expertise of another local charity in working with vulnerable young people at risk of alcohol-related harm.

Orkney Alcohol Counselling and Advisory Service (OACAS)

Funding towards the costs of continuing, extending and developing the now established "Pub Watch" rehabilitative education programme for individuals subject to Orkney's Pub Watch banning orders.

Images from the event are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/scotchwhiskyassociation/

For information on the Action Fund visit: https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/scotch-whisky-action-fund/

For more information on the Scotch Whisky Association: /what-we-do/alcohol-society/scotch-whisky-action-fund/