Alcohol projects’ funding

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THE FIRST round of applications to the Focus on Alcohol Angus Innovation fund have now been judged and three projects have been awarded funding.

The WEB Project, which discourages substance misuse amongst young people; Tayside Police and Tayside Council on Alcohol and Montrose Academy have been successful in securing grants.

The award will support the WEB Project in their programme of developing creative poetry from real life experiences, while the Tayside Police and Tayside Council on Alcohol project will see their funding used to work with young people to discourage anti-social behaviour.

The grant for Montrose Academy will see them produce an arts and drama DVD project, which will reveal the damage alcohol does to the self esteem of young people.

Commenting on the successful applications, Eileen McArthur, senior planning officer for Focus on Alcohol Angus said: “The judging panel was impressed with the range of good, creative ideas presented in some of the applications. 

“The challenge set to the applicants was to get them to think of new, exciting ideas to tackle alcohol issues and the successful projects to date have achieved this really well.”

Robert Peat, chair of the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, added: “It is important that we continue to test new ways of tackling the problems and issues we have with the use and misuse of alcohol.

“Congratulations to all the agencies which came forward with their ‘big ideas’ and were successful in gaining a grant. I look forward to seeing the fruition of the projects”.

The Focus on Alcohol Angus project continues to welcome further applications that can demonstrate creative approaches around tackling the issue of alcohol. Applications are considered up to the amount of £750.

The deadline for submission is December 2 and to apply contact Eileen McArthur on 01307 474877 or alcohol@angus.gov.uk for an application pack.