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See details of our project to create a cafe, office and community space on the Great Field at Poundbury…

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Many parents feel lost and confused when talking to their children about alcohol. How can you help them deal with peer pressure and stay safe? What UK laws exist relating to young people and alcohol. View the Parent Area

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Make PSHE and science lessons on alcohol informative and engaging. We provide evaluated, evidence based, imaginative teachers’ newsletter and adaptable resources, films, worksheets and lesson plans for KS3-5. View the Teacher Area




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National  Alcohol and Drugs Education Conference 2018


Our Mission

Our vision is for young people to enter adulthood having a responsible understanding of alcohol and its short and long term effects. We engage children of all abilities and backgrounds before they begin drinking, helping them build resilience skills, know how to avoid and resist risky situations and to look after themselves and each other in a variety of settings. Read more…

The Programme

Our Programme LeafletsSchool is the one place where we can reach almost every child across the UK. We help schools deliver effective alcohol education to 11 – 18 year olds, provide teacher training as well as an outreach to parents… Read more…


Where our programme was in place, just 8% of pupils took up drinking over the 18 months from year 8 to the end of year 9 compared to 20% following other programmes.

Progress on Strategic Goals and impact report 2018


Our Programme

I have been using the AET resources for a number of years and am really impressed with how comprehensive and well-constructed they are.  It is a rare thing to find an organisation who really understands how to reach young people in different year groups effectively.  AETs resources are pitched brilliantly for different age groups and the activities are just the sort of active and engaging activities which make for effective PSHE.

My students enjoy the activities and demonstrate really good understanding of the issues at the end of their lessons.  It is really helpful in planning a curriculum for specialists and non-specialist teachers that the resources are so detailed and there is such a lot of really good, clear advice for teachers on the website and in the resource book.  I can set these lessons confident that my staff can teach informative, accurate and thoughtful lessons which encourage critical thinking and challenge stereotypes.

Given the lack of funding in schools it is also worth mentioning that the fact that their resources are free to use is vitally important to schools.  I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Chew Valley School


Press Releases and News


Pavilion in the Park – an update on our project to create a cafe, office and community space on the Great Field at Poundbury

Thanks to the wonderful pledges received through  crowd funding, we received over £22,000 from both on and offline donations including £10,000 of match funding from Dorset County Council Youth Fund. Our 10th Anniversary Ball raised over £30,000 and we have received two stunning grants from Sport England and The Clothworkers Foundation. We were also thrilled to receive a  grant of £10,000 from National Lottery Community Fund as well as from The Pocket Parks Fund Local Trusts and businesses have been so generous, with our first grant received from The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation, followed by Dorchester Rotary and Round Table, Yarlington Housing Association, Women who Dine and Dorchester Arts and Food Festival. Both local Waitrose stores have also supported PiP’s too. Dorchester Town Council are being wonderfully supportive and we just await confirmation of a contribution from the local Section 106 or CIL funds from Dorset Council. So we are getting very close to achieving the £290,000 we need to build and fit out Pip’s café and community space, being built at cost by a local builder, CG Fry, with just £23,000 left to raise! If you feel able to help us reach this final milestone, then please do get in touch or visit   For more information and comment see our special newsletter... read more

The National Lottery Community Fund awards grant for youth charity community space and café project on Poundbury

Embargoed until midnight 10th June The Alcohol Education Trust is delighted to have received £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund during this, our 10th Anniversary year. This grant is to support the building of the Pavilion in the Park (PiP’s) in Poundbury. The project will help enable the development of a wonderful new community space and café situated on the great field and provide us with an office. The park itself will soon host a mile running track, parkour equipment for teenagers, an outside gym and will be planted with 1,000 trees making it a hub for local people across Dorchester, including children in the five schools close by. The cricket pavilion style building with a veranda will offer shelter, refreshments and public toilets to all those enjoying the park, with an outside ping pong table and picnic tables outside. It will also house a community space to host activities and holiday clubs for young people as well as a vital training space and office for the Trust. This will provide the ideal home for The Alcohol Education Trust, which works nationally helping 500,000 young people in 2,100 schools, youth and sports clubs, including over 50 across Dorset make safer, healthier choices, improving their resilience and life chances each year. Helena Conibear CEO and founder commented ‘Following our wonderful crowd funding campaign earlier this year which raised £22,000 for our project, thanks to the support of over 100 people on and off line with match funding from  The Dorset Youth Opportunity Fund, and due to local groups and other grants we are getting ever closer to raising the capital amount... read more

Report on Talk About Alcohol featured in the March edition of Education and Health Journal

In the March issue of the Education and Health Journal, Helena Conibear, CEO of the Alcohol Education Trust, gives an update on the vision of the charity and the developing objectives of the evidenced-based Talk About Alcohol Programme. In the past week, the House of Commons voted in favour of including PSHE as a ‘must teach’ subject by September 2020 with alcohol education becoming a formal part of Health Education. Further guidance in the form of new NICE guidelines on alcohol education in schools (currently out for consultation) is expected to provide a recommended framework of “a whole school universal approach, incorporating social norms and avoiding scare tactics or highlighting extremes of behaviour.” The Talk About Alcohol programme will help schools to deliver on these requirements. To read the report, click... read more

Helena Conibear has spoken to staff and parents about alcohol on three separate occasions in the past two academic years. We, and parents, have been so impressed with the quality of the information, advice and resources provided by the AET…  The talks are always well received.

Parent Sessions

Sherborne School

The resources from AET have been hugely appreciated, they have enabled our pupils to review their thoughts and misconceptions around alcohol in an interactive and engaging way that has fuelled positive and reflective discussions.

SEN Resources

The Compass School (Alternative Learning Provision) Southampton

As an officer who knows quite a lot around this field I was delighted to find the training not only informative but delivered in such a way that it was engaging and very practical  to understand. The feedback from the teachers was very positive. I am very confident in that this resource and knowledge will be transferred to both the young people and the adults within their establishments.

CPD training session

Schools in Waltham Forest