In April 2018, CES concluded work on the Impact of Alcohol Programme, a five year programme supported by the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. Thirty one projects were funded under the Programme and targeted different individuals and groups affected by alcohol related harm. These included children, older people, pregnant women and individuals with mental health issues.
Together with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), CES was contracted by the Big Lottery Fund to provide technical support to organisations delivering projects funded by the Programme. This included learning and networking events, masterclasses and one to one support.
Capturing learning from the programme
Over the coming weeks, CES will publish three reports based on the Programme. The first is a report of the ‘Impact of Alcohol: What Next?’ Conference held in November 2017. The report brings together the views of stakeholders from the statutory and community sectors about policy, commissioning and practice issues. Delegates at the conference created a series of action plans aimed at tackling alcohol related harm more effectively. Action plans address themes such as the use of evidence, promoting prevention and early intervention, developing relationships between statutory and voluntary providers and protocols for effectively sharing data. The report aims to inform policy, commissioning and practice related to alcohol related harm in Northern Ireland.
Two more reports will follow, the first brings together learning which emerged from the implementation of projects in the Programme, and the other, presents examples of national and international best practice in addressing alcohol related harm.