Focus on alcohol and young people

Nina Beavers and David McCollum - youth workers in the new Alcohol Project for Young People based at Tommy's Club for Young People, London Street, Fleetwood.
Nina Beavers and David McCollum - youth workers in the new Alcohol Project for Young People based at Tommy's Club for Young People, London Street, Fleetwood.

YOUNG people and attitudes to alcohol are to be the focus of a pioneering project set to get under way in Fleetwood.

With a host of exciting features set to include media work and the chance to be involved in youth volunteering, participants aged from 14 to 19 are being invited to take part.

Organised by the UR Potential community organisation, the Alcohol Project For Young People consists of weekly workshops, at Tommy’s Youth Club in London Street.

“It’s the first project of its kind in Wyre and will be led by the young people involved, who will plan it and be the decision makers,” said Deborah Terras, the Fylde coast project coordinator.

“Among the many items it is likely to cover are the challenging of negative media and perceptions of young people and alcohol as well as addressing stereotypical images and views and looking at the tolerance of young people within their communities.

“We also want to find out more about young people’s attitudes to alcohol and their community as well as personal accounts of the impact of alcohol in their lives though their own use as well of it as well as that of their family.

“And the aim is to provide alternative opportunities for young people in Fylde through meaningful youth volunteering.

“Each young person will be signed up to Fylde Coast Be Involved for their involvement in the project and will receive an accredited qualification as part of the course in volunteering, media and/or art.”

The project is funded through Fylde and Wyre children’s trusts and the Lancashire Drug and Alcohol Action Team and will work closely with community partners.

The scheme will be running every Thursday for the next 12 weeks.

Delivering the Fleetwood scheme are local-based youth workers Nina Beavers, well known in the town through her previous work at Milton Street Community Centre, and David McCollum. Pizza and other refreshments will be available and organisers are hoping to build on the success of a similar scheme in St Annes which is being held over a similar timescale on Monday evenings.

Any young people, teachers, parents or youth workers who want further information can find out more from Deborah by phoning on 07989 746673, or by e-mail from deborah.terras@urpotential.co.uk. They can also go along tomorrow.