An innovative scheme launched by Angus youths is set to provide young people in the county with a fun alternative to drinking alcohol
Buzz with No Booze is the result of work by Angus Council’s community learning and development service and local youngsters.
The project is being supported through an Innovation Fund launched by Focus on Alcohol Angus.
The fund aims to encourage community groups and organisations in the county to put forward their bright ideas to help people drink less alcohol, or reduce the problems created by excessive drinking.
Fifteen young people have signed up to promote the Buzz with No Booze project to their peers.
The first event, organised and run by the group, was launched on Saturday, October 26, with a DD8 fund-raising concert at Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir.
The team trained others in their age group to run the ‘bar’ and shared information with them on dangers of abusing alcohol.
Speaking before the event, Thane Lawrie, senior planning officer, Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, said: “Focus on Alcohol Angus, as part of Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, seeks to promote culture change amongst Angus people by encouraging positive and sensible attitudes to alcohol.
“The Innovation fund is a great opportunity for community groups and organisations to put their creative ideas into practice and help reduce the problems caused by alcohol misuse.
“Through the Buzz with No Booze project, young people will be more aware of the dangers of abusing alcohol, become ambassadors for a healthier lifestyle, and help promote a positive image of their age group.
“They will also gain the skills that go with managing, organising, budgeting, food and drink preparation, health and hygiene and presentation skills.”
The young people designed three alcohol-free drinks for the DD8 event Macmillan Courage, Macmillan Surprise and Macmillan Inspiration.
For more information on Focus on Alcohol visit www.focusonalcohol.org/index.php.