Alcohol initiative launched

INDIVIDUALS and groups in Angus are being asked to put forward their ideas on how to tackle problems associated with the misuse of alcohol.

The initiative was launched by Focus on Alcohol Angus partnership last Wednesday.

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

Launching the Focus on Alcohol Angus Innovation Fund, chair of the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership Robert Peat said: “We have now 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 also 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.”

Eileen McArthur of Focus on Alcohol Angus added: “We will follow up each successful application for a project with an evaluation. This will help us test out further how things can be done differently in relation to the misuse of alcohol.

“The energy in local communities around issues that affect them is particularly exciting and this is a good opportunity for local people to take forward their good ideas.”

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