Action Fund awards
14 Oct 2015
Second rounds of awards from Scotch Whisky Action
Seven local initiatives fighting alcohol misuse in Scotland have
been awarded funding from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. This is
the second round of awards from the £500,000 fund set up in
December 2013 by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA).
The Scotch Whisky Action Fund, which extends the SWA's
commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible
drinking, gives a total of up to £100,000 each year to 2018 to
projects working to reduce harm in Scotland. It is managed by
Foundation Scotland, an independent charity.
The initiatives selected by an awards panel, chaired by Dame
Joan Stringer, to receive backing in this year's round of funding
range from projects supporting young people to those helping
families. They are spread across Scotland from Orkney to Dumfries
& Galloway and are a mix of new and established projects.
The initiatives are:
For young people under 18: Granton Youth Centre,
Edinburgh; Fuse Youth Café, Shettleston, Glasgow and Space
Unlimited (You Decide) in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde which is
receiving funding for the second time for the next phase of its
For families: Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL);
Up-2-Us Ltd, West Dunbartonshire and ia2ps (increased access to
psychological support) in the Stewarty and Nithsdale areas of
Dumfries & Galloway.
For communities: Orkney Alcohol Counselling and
Advisory Service (OACAS).
Dame Joan Stringer said: "I was extremely impressed with the
range and quality of projects applying for awards from the Scotch
Whisky Action Fund. It was a very tough decision for me and
the rest of the panel to choose seven projects to receive
funding. All the projects being awarded have a great deal to
contribute to tackling alcohol misuse across Scotland and we are
confident about what they can achieve."
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, said:
"We are delighted to support initiatives doing such worthwhile work
to tackle alcohol misuse across Scotland in the second round of
awards from our Scotch Whisky Action Fund. We are committed helping
projects on the ground that support young people, communities and
families deal with the consequences of misuse. Such interventions
can help people realise the damage that can be done to their own
health and the impact on those around them.
"When consumed responsibly alcohol is a normal part of Scottish
life and brings benefits to the economy and society. We want to
tackle alcohol-related harm and the Fund is just one way of doing
Giles Ruck, Foundation Scotland chief executive, said: "It
is great to see so many innovative projects receiving funding from
the Scotch Whisky Action Fund. This is a significant step to help
individuals, carers and families facing the effects of
alcohol-related harms across Scotland."
Notes to Editors
The attached picture shows one of the projects which has
received funding: Voice of Carers Across Lothian (VOCAL).
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of communications on 0131 222 9230/07432 605385 or email
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details of the awards to the projects please visit
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The Awards Panel comprised: Dame Joan Stringer, Bob Benson,
Frank Burns and Ross McCulloch