Scotch Whisky Action Fund helps 13 new charities

19th December, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Thirteen organisations that work to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland have benefited from £175,000 (US$221,000) worth of grants awarded from the fifth round of the Scotch Whisky Action Fund.

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A total of 13 charities have benefited from the Scotch Whisky Action Fund this year

Established by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) in 2013, the Scotch Whisky Action Fund is managed by independent charity Foundation Scotland.

The recipients of this year’s grants were selected by an independent awards panel, chaired by dame Joan Stringer.

Some of the charities chosen this year include: Alcohol Education Trust: Talk About Alcohol Education Programme; Crossreach: The Sunflower Garden Project; Fast Forward: Wasted; Health Opportunities Team: Substance Use; Visual Statement: Pink to Black; Addictions Counselling Inverness: Family Member Counselling; and West Dumbartonshire Council for Voluntary Service: Men’s Befriending Group.

Karen Betts, SWA chief executive, said: “The Scotch whisky industry is committed to tackling alcohol misuse across Scotland.

“Since the Scotch Whisky Action Fund was established in 2013, the industry has supported a diverse range of community-led programmes across the country to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse.

“This year the awards reflect a greater emphasis on educating young people and other at risk groups about the risks of alcohol misuse.”

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