Tackling alcohol misuse

THE FOCUS on Alcohol Angus partnership has launched an initiative to encourage individuals and groups to put forward ideas to tackle problems associated with the misuse of alcohol.

Small grants will be made available to develop and run approved projects suggested by organisations and individual in the county.

Launching the Focus on Alcohol Angus Innovation Fund, chair of the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Robert Peat said: “We have been running the Focus on Alcohol Angus for almost five years and have completed more than 300 projects and activities which have significantly contributed to the way people think and behave around alcohol. We have focused on how partnerships can come together to make a difference locally with this issue and this has paid great dividends in terms of making our communities safer and healthier.

He added: “This fund will give members of the public, community groups, local companies and private and public agencies, individuals and community groups and organisations the opportunity to access a small grant that will help them take forward their own good ideas on how we can tackle alcohol. These issues include people consuming too much alcohol at home; ‘harder to reach’ young people who drink; as well as wider community issues, such as vandalism, that can be associated to alcohol.

“The Focus on Alcohol Angus Innovation Fund has been established to encourage people to come forward with innovative, different ideas to solve alcohol issues. Grants are available up to the value of £750, and we hope to see ideas that are different, creative and most importantly, which could work to help people think about how they drink alcohol themselves, or indeed how alcohol can be viewed more positively within their community.

“I would encourage everyone interested in applying to think outside the box so we can support creative thinking about this issue.”

For further details, contact Eileen McArthur on 01307 474877 or mcarthure@angus.gov.uk. Application forms and guidance can also be obtained by telephoning 01307 474879.