Scheme aims to stop youths having alcohol

Insp Vaughan Clark with Comic Relief alcohol youth workers Tazir Uddin & Alica Curran from Service Six promoting a project to tackle underage drinking.
Insp Vaughan Clark with Comic Relief alcohol youth workers Tazir Uddin & Alica Curran from Service Six promoting a project to tackle underage drinking.

A three-year project targeting hotspots where young people are involved in alcohol misuse and underage drinking has hit the streets.

Countywide charity Service Six has been awarded £103,000 by Comic Relief to run the project aimed at 11 to 25-year-olds in East Northamptonshire over three years with Northamptonshire Police and East Northamptonshire Council. Part of the money is funding two part-time alcohol youth support workers who so far have been out in Higham Ferrers and Irthlingborough and are running a youth club in Rushden for 15 to 19-year-olds.

Service Six deputy service manager Amy Hill said: “We’re talking to young people drinking on the streets, building relationships and educating them about underage drinking and its health implications. We’re developing a youth action group and working with schools.”

Insp Vaughan Clark said: “There’s a history of problems relating to alcohol on the recreation ground in Higham Ferrers so that’s one of the areas being looked at first. It’s too early to draw conclusions about how the project is working but we’re continuing to see reductions in anti-social behaviour.”

District council leader Cllr Steven North added: “Our corporate plan includes aims for good public health and low levels of anti-social behaviour. Service Six’s work to reduce underage drinking will clearly help deliver these aims and we welcome their initiative.”

The youth club runs from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays at the Rushden Youth Project in College Street. To find out more call 03332 400716.

Find out more about Service Six: HERE