Knowsley Council’s Public Health team has secured just over £372,000 of funding to target alcohol related issues for parents.
The funding bid to Public Health England’s Innovation Fund will be used to introduce and expand on a range of initiatives offering supporting to parents with alcohol dependencies over the next three years and help them to get the right help and support they need to turn their lives around (and that of their family). This includes:
- Training frontline staff to raise awareness of this issue so that support can be introduced at the earliest stage and prevent issues from escalating.
- Increase capacity and resources for professionals working with families (parents and the wider family).
- Invest in Knowsley Youth Mutual’s ‘Me Time’ project enabling additional young people who have alcohol dependent parents to take part in a range of fun activities including dance, arts, music, volunteering and training opportunities in a safe environment where children and young people can express their own feelings and ideas, have access to healthcare, emotional support, develop friendships and receive any targeted support to address individual issues.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said “I’m delighted that we have secured this funding which will provide invaluable support to those who need it. We know that alcohol can have a detrimental impact to our health and wellbeing and can create enormous strain and pressures on families where alcohol is involved, particularly for children. Through this funding, we hope to be able to identify residents needing help before issues escalate, as well as providing support to others affected in the household such as children and young people, with the ultimate aim of helping them turn their lives around.”