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A7(a). Community Actions to Tackle Alcohol Harms
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 27 April, 2015
Please describe how you have supported local community activity to tackle alcohol's social and health harms, over the last year (2000 characters limit):
We continue to be very active in funding and supporting schemes and organisations which are involved in tackling alcohol related harms and anti-social behaviour, especially in the night-time economy. We support; Best Bar None, Purple Flag, Pubwatch, Street Pastors, Street Angels Community Alcohol Partnerships, and Taxi Marshalls and Mounted Police at the annual Cheltenham Festival.
Over the past 18 months we have been working with Addaction and Asda to provide an outreach service to vulnerable young people (12-18 years old) in targeted areas of Dundee.
The aims of the project are :
• To offer advice and information about alcohol
• Advise on reducing the harm of alcohol misuse
• To develop a peer mentor programme
• To reduce Anti-Social Behaviour within the community
• Offer multi-agency support to reduce alcohol related harm
The outreach programme delivered prevention and intervention work targeted at young people who are, or who are at risk of developing, alcohol misuse problems. Brief interventions are conducted with young people in a variety of settings to raise awareness of the harms of heavy drinking and of the support available in Dundee.
The outreach project develops partnerships and establish referral routes with frontline services such as, the corner, A&E, police, street pastors and other frontline services who have contact with young people to ensure frontline workers are better at identifying and offering support to young people. The outreach project also conducts intelligence led outreach work in partnership with identified agencies to target young people who are drinking in public.
In 2014, 3812 young people have received an intervention as part of this project. This is being viewed as a pilot, which can hopefully be rolled out to other areas of the UK.
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