AET’s 10th anniversary celebration

2019 is the AET’s 10th anniversary year and the final celebration took place on the 7th November at the House of Lords. We had a very hurried change of venue due to the dissolution of parliament and we are so grateful to The Lord Speaker, Baroness Stedman –Scott and The Baroness Rock for providing us with the most wonderful alternative venue of The River Room. Students from the Atlantic Academy came all the way up from Portland in Dorset to speak about why alcohol education is important to them and students from the Greycoat Hospital School performed a brilliant short drama called ‘We drink because…’ Both brought the important issues around alcohol to life and were fantastic! It was the first time our Trustees and staff had all come together and CEO Helena Conibear made it clear that the success of our work is only due to the dedication and hard work of staff, trustees, volunteers and friends. The AET’s achievements would also not be possible without our wonderful patrons, funders and supporters. A huge thank you to all who helped organise this memorable occasion and all who attended! You can read Helena’s speech via https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/HMC-AET-10th-Birthday-report-2019.pdf and watch the drama performances via https://youtu.be/X08_QohdA3s ...

AET’s new premises!

We are delighted that, thanks to the support of so many, we have now raised enough money to build the Pavilion in the Park (PiPs) – our new café, community space and office. PiPs will be located on the Great Field in Poundbury, Dorset – you can read all about it here: https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/pavilion-in-the-park/ Our work isn’t quite done yet as we need to find £20,000 for fixtures and fittings. If you can offer any help, either with materials or by offering your time, we would love to hear from you! All being well, the build will start in March 2020 and we hope to be open during the summer holidays...

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 https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/will-you-help-us-make-it-happen/   For more information and comment see our special newsletter...

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...

Talk About Alcohol talks for parents and carers

We can now support parents and carers with talks in schools, youth and sports clubs across the North of England, Scotland and the Midlands, the South and South West – please do let your school or club know and put us in touch, or ask them to contact us! It’s a very relaxed and supportive chat through what to expect of teenagers, how to keep communicating, how to manage teen pressure and teenage parties. Kathryn looks after the North via kathyrn@alcoholeducationtrust.org. Karen the Midlands, South and West via karen@alcoholeducationtrust.org and Brian in Scotland via brian@alcoholeducationtrust.org – you can find out a lot online too around the law, units and guidelines, drink spiking and more via...