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
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."
Notes to editors:
The seven organisations are:
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
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
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.
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
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
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