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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

The Alcohol Education Trust to support schools across Scotland

We’re thrilled to announce that The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) has established a Scottish office, located in Glasgow City Centre and kindly hosted by The Wise Group and so is now able to support schools across Scotland with its highly evidenced and award winning programme for young people ‘Talk About Alcohol’. Every secondary school is entitled to a free copy of the teacher workbook, which contains over 30 lesson plans for 11-18 year olds, games, activities and fact sheets, especially adapted for Scotland and fully supported online. For the last ten years, the AET has supported over 1000 schools, youth and sports clubs and ½ million children EACH year with its training, resources and regionally based experts free of charge – at a cost of under 50p a child. Our vision is to strengthen the effectiveness of our work in Scotland by establishing a local office with a dedicated trainer to support schools and youth organisations nationally. 2019 is the 10th Anniversary of the Alcohol Education Trust and the charity has been successful in securing grants from Foundation Scotland and others to enable us to offer our award winning and highly evidenced Talk about Alcohol schools programme to schools in Scotland free of charge, which you can view here: http://alcoholeducationtrust.org/download-teacher-workbook-scotland/ Helena Conibear CEO of The Alcohol Education Trust commented: “The AET is a charity dedicated to reducing alcohol related harm for under 18s across the UK, and currently we already work with 90 schools in Scotland. It was always our ambition to have a permanent base in Scotland and this will be led by our newly appointed Scotland Director... read more

Ensuring PSHE and alcohol education is interactive and engaging

Planning your scheme of PSHE for the year? Looking for interesting ways of reaching young people in informal settings? The www.talkaboutalcohol.com online learning zone is carefully built around changing social norms around alcohol and, through games, helps children subconsciously make wise decisions. The site features different ‘zones’ including a Fact Zone, Challenge Zone, Body Zone and a section entitled ‘Who do you Think you are?’ Featured areas Brave the Rave is a really fun (and rather addictive!) game which encourages young people to think about making sensible choices during a night out. Making wise choices such as food and water earn points but points are lost by choosing less wise options such as wine and beer. The game allows young people to learn about the choices they face on a night out and encourages them to pick wisely in a lively and engaging way! Fact or Fiction gives 10 statements about alcohol and young people then have to decide whether these are true or false. Once they have made their selection, further information about the statement is given. This a great way of pupils testing and increasing their knowledge on a variety of issues around drinking alcohol and its effects including the increase in risky behaviours. The www.talkaboutalcohol.com site is primarily aimed at Year 9 but has varying levels of activities suitable for Years 7 to 10 and is designed to appeal to young people in its look and feel. The development of the interactive and fun Learning Zone complements the highly evaluated Talk About Alcohol 100 page workbook of over 30 lessons and activities developed for teachers and community leaders to use... read more

New subscription area of website

We have recently launched an exciting all-new subscription area of our website, www.alcoholeducationtrust.org. The aim is to support anyone delivering alcohol education to 11-18 year olds who may not be specially trained or who has limited time or resources to prepare lessons. Each topic has a PowerPoint together with easy-to-use lesson plans and full links to all resources needed. By subscribing to the AET members area you will receive access to the highly evidenced Talk about Alcohol ready to use PowerPoints, implementation guidance and worksheets on topics such as alcohol and the law, alcohol and its effects social and physical, units and guidelines, staying safe and 16+. You can view a taster on the subscriptions page via: https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/subscriptions/ There are several options for subscribers including: • Annual individual subscription – £39.99 • Individual subscription for 3 years – £99 • Annual group subscription for academy chains/schools partnerships allowing access for up to 10 people – £250 Click here to learn more or subscribe:... read more

National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 – Conference report

On the 20th June, The AET and Mentor hosted a conference at Liverpool John Moores University for all those working with young people, showcasing teaching methods, psychologies and evidence-based approaches that reduce children’s negative risk taking. Read the conference report with links to presentations... read more

National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 – Presentations now available

The  National Alcohol and Drugs Conference 2018 was held on  21st June 2018 at Liverpool John Moores University The welcome address was delivered by The Public Health Institute Director Mr Jim McVeigh. Keynote addresses by Rt Hon Nick Gibbs, Minister of State at DfE and Victoria Atkins, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. PCC Amy Fletcher, Youth Officer for Cheshire Police Safer Schools partnership, spoke on school based projects targeting more vulnerable populations across Cheshire and on dealing with some of the problems faced regarding drugs and alcohol in schools. Dr John McAlaney, a principal academic in the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University delivered a talk entitled ‘Are you Normal? (Mis) perceptions of alcohol and drug use in adolescents’ Dr David Regis, Research Manager for the Schools Health Education Unit in Exeter presented on trends in drug and alcohol use in young people and some connections. For all presentations and video clips  of the keynote addresses, please visit http://alcoholeducationtrust.org/conference-presentations/  ... read more

Talk about Alcohol resources and training for schools in Hertfordshire

Thanks to the support of the Herts Community Foundation, we are delighted to be able to offer our full Talk about Alcohol resource packs and training free of charge to schools across Hertfordshire. The award-winning resource packs include lesson plans, implementation advice, a DVD and pictorial rich sheets for less able students all indexed by subject and year group. Attendees will receive a full pack of resources worth £90 to take home (one per school). In partnership with Herts4Learning, we will be offering teacher training sessions and parent talks to schools in the county. The first Talk about Alcohol teacher training session will be held on Wednesday 6th June from 9.30 to 12.30 at Aspley Campus, Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9BF. This session will demonstrate best practice use of the resources and provide a range of activities for effective and enjoyable alcohol education. If you would like to book a place on this training or are a school in Hertfordshire and would like to see how we can support you, please contact... read more

AET Feature in Independent Schools Magazine

We are pleased to have supported a number of independent schools and are recommended as a speaker by The Girls’ Schools Association. AET’s CEO Helena was pleased to write a feature for The Independent Schools Magazine recently in which she outlines planning and delivery of manageable, enjoyable and easily implemented alcohol education. You can read the article on here Please do get in touch if you work in the independent sector for further information about how we can support your... read more

The 11 principles of delivering effective and enjoyable alcohol education for your school or organisation

The 11 principles of effective preventative health education have been mapped by The PSHE Association following a review of school programmes designed to reduce students’ risk taking. These principles are relevant to all PSHE topics but each one is carefully built into the Alcohol Education Trust’s  Talk about Alcohol programme. This link explores each principle one by... read more