Action Fund awards

14 Oct 2015

Second rounds of awards from Scotch Whisky Action Fund

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 work.

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 this."

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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The Awards Panel comprised:  Dame Joan Stringer, Bob Benson, Frank Burns and Ross McCulloch