A Kirkcaldy charity has received a cash boost after being awarded nearly £7000 from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.
The Clued Up Project has been awarded the funding to support the provision of a Mobile Alcohol Intervention Team targeting young people and explaining the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Clued Up has been providing the service since 2009, but this funding will ensure there is a consistency of staff across all the areas the initiative is delivered in.
Underage drinking in towns across Fife has an impact on local communities and public services with incidents of anti social behaviour and the number of young people being hospitalised.
The Clued Up Project aims to address these issues by allowing a mobile team of experts, including a local youth worker, to respond to youngsters in Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth, Rosyth and Cowdenbeath.
The team will provide alcohol interventions and follow up sessions about the health risks associated with alcohol misuse and encourage young people to develop responsible attitudes to alcohol.
Laura Crombie, service manager at the Clued Up Project, said: “The grant will be used to allow the Mobile Alcohol Intervention Team to have the expert staff required to provide alcohol brief interventions to young people on the streets.
“This initiative is unique to the partnership between Clued Up, NHS Fife, Fife Council and Police Scotland. We are all working together to have a presence within the young people’s own community, providing them with information and support on alcohol use allowing them to make informed choices.”
She added: “It is important for us to be in these communities talking to young people and not just expecting them to go to specialist services.”
Giles Ruck, chief executive Foundation Scotland, said: “The Clued Up Project is a great example of an initiative providing accessible support to young people concerning alcohol.”
David Frost, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive, added: “We are delighted to support the Clued Up Project which does valuable work to tackle underage drinking among young people across Fife.”
The Clued Up Project is one of eight initiatives tackling alcohol misuse to benefit from the money.
The fund was set up by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). It is managed by Foundation Scotland, an independent charity, and extends the SWA’s commitment to addressing alcohol misuse and promoting responsible drinking. The SWA will give a total of £100,000 each year from 2014 to 2018 to projects working to reduce harm in Scotland.