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Glasgow Community and Safety Services – News

Community groups across glasgow join together to get real about alcohol and drugs

Community groups throughout the city are this week highlighting the issue of alcohol and drugs misuse in Glasgow as part of GRAND (Getting Real About Alcohol ’N’ Drugs) Week.

Grants of more than £50,000 have been awarded to raise awareness over the course of the week-long programme of events, which seeks to bring together members of the community to tackle problems caused by alcohol and drug use.

GRAND Week 2010 was officially launched on Thursday 9th September in the City Chambers, where councillors joined members of community forums and organisations from across the city to kickstart the week’s events.

Activities will continue with a variety of themed events including a ‘hog roast’ alcohol awareness open day, a Primary 5 ‘Positive Choices’ calendar; a dry disco for young people, and a range of exhibitions, drama performances and art workshops throughout the city.

Councillor George Redmond, who launched GRAND Week, said “This is Glasgow’s fourth annual GRAND week and I’m confident this year will be an even bigger success.

“GRAND Week provides a real opportunity to encourage communities to get involved in tackling alcohol and drug issues and to raise awareness of the range of support services available.  The GRAND Local Grant Scheme has provided awards of up to £1,000 for community groups and organisations to get involved in training, awareness raising, public reassurance and diversionary activities.

“This event is an excellent example of residents, services and organisations working in partnership to create a better future for our city.”

The main partners involved in developing GRANDweek 2010 include: local alcohol and drug forums; Glasgow Community & Safety Services; Glasgow Addiction Services; Glasgow City Council; Strathclyde Police; Glasgow Council on Alcohol (GCA); FASS; Service User Involvement Partnership (SUIP); North, East, South East, South West and West CHCPs; Community Planning; Alcohol Focus Scotland; Scottish Drugs Forum; Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue; and Glasgow Life.

For more information on GRANDweek’10 go to

For further information contact Jennifer Clark on 0141 276 7495.

1. GRANDweek’10 is the fourth annual event dedicated to promoting community responses to alcohol and drug issues, taking place from Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th September.

2. GRAND Week brings together a broad range of partners to:
• Raise awareness and increase knowledge of alcohol and drugs issues and services.
• Get communities involved in tackling alcohol and drugs.
• Build partnerships and networks between communities, services and organisations.

3. Funding was allocated by the Glasgow City Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.  However, it should also be recognised that significant additional investment was made on an ‘in-kind’ and/or matched funding basis by forums, community groups, volunteers, service users and partner agencies.