Community Action – Blackburn is part of the Community Action on Alcohol project being managed by Alcohol Focus Scotland and funded by The Robertson Trust.
The aim of the project is to engage, assist and support the community in addressing concerns regarding alcohol, ultimately leading to improved health, family life, opportunities and a reduction in alcohol-related harm and anti social behaviour.
Two key components to achieving this aim are:
- A partnership approach involving all parties who live, work and are involved in providing a service within the community. The partners are the community of Blackburn, West Lothian Council, Blackburn Community Council, West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service (WLDAS), West Lothian Youth Action Project (WLYAP), Police Scotland, Alcohol Focus Scotland and The Robertson Trust.
- Community interaction, involvement and ownership. Sustainability is the key to the continued success of the project.
From the information obtained through the community consultation process, the project steering group prioritised the issues identified and drew up the following outcomes to be addressed in the initial stages of the project:
- Engage with the community
- Improve communication links within the community
- Improve alcohol awareness education
- Reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related harm