Two minute catch up summary of what we’ve been up to over the Summer!
Well, September is here and the nights are drawing in. We hope you’ve managed to have a break during August and we hope that life continues to return a little more to normal for us all.
We are thrilled to be back to a full staff ready for the new academic year, with this September heralding Health Education including Alcohol Education being statutory, so we are already very busy.
Although we have always had a strong online offering with our youth zone www.talkaboutalcohol.com and all our resources available to download by topic or by suitability for age and ability online via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org for parents, teachers and professionals, we have extended the range of our online resources and are also able to provide one to one and group online training and support via Zoom or Microsoft Teams for schools and youth organisations across the whole country.
For time-pressed teachers we released a suite of 6 ready to deliver PowerPoint based lesson plans in July with full guidance and links to the games and activities embedded into the presentation. We have also spent the Summer creating a workshop, PowerPoints, films and resources for 18 – 25 year olds that includes cannabis for the first time, so we have made full use of the time freed up from not travelling to schools and youth organisations across the country during lockdown!
Added to this, the build began for our office, café and community space in July and it is progressing apace! All work below ground is completed and we are waiting for the timber frame to go up. It is now confirmed that, thanks to The Duchy of Cornwall and Low Carbon Dorset, we will have solar panels and an air to air heating system, making the building very green so we are very pleased!
As a charity, we have always worked hard to diversify our funding so that we are not solely dependent on grants to keep our services free. We have not been able to hold any community fundraising events this year, which raised over £40,000 for our work in 2019. We are, therefore, struggling to raise enough to meet the demand for our crucial early intervention work that protects young people most vulnerable to alcohol harms and ensures that all children develop the skills and resilience to resist drinking for longer than the current age of 13 and if they choose to drink when older, that they do so in a responsible way. Please do consider how you could fundraise for us and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.