Social enterprise staff promote ‘sensible drinking’

Jacqui Henning, Alcohol and You Co-ordinator, Pamela Quiery, Connections Team, South Eastern Trust Area, and Adrian Bird, Resurgam Trust Director, with staff who participated in the alcohol awareness initiative.
Jacqui Henning, Alcohol and You Co-ordinator, Pamela Quiery, Connections Team, South Eastern Trust Area, and Adrian Bird, Resurgam Trust Director, with staff who participated in the alcohol awareness initiative.

Staff at local social enterprises recently undertook training to help them promote ‘sensible drinking messages’ to members of the public.

Premier Taxi Company, The Highway Inn and Trumbles Off Sales, which form part of The Resurgam Trust, worked with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust’s Alcohol and You Programme, the Connections Team and the Public Health Agency in advance of Alcohol Awareness Week.

Staff undertook training and distributed promotional materials to encourage the public to monitor their consumption of alcohol and to be aware of potentially still being over the drink-driving limit the morning after a night of drinking.

Premier Taxi Company staff have been giving out business cards to their clients highlighting the ‘Never Drink and Drive’ message.

Trust Director Adrian Bird said: “Our social enterprises are ideally placed to promote sensible drinking and in particular to be active in reminding our customers and community members of the clear message of not drinking and driving – even the morning after, keeping our roads and communities much safer. Partnering with Alcohol and You and the Connections Team has been an excellent way of bringing their expertise into our business and ultimately to the community.”

The Highway Inn Manager, Neil Reilly added: “We welcome the chance to develop the knowledge and skills of our staff. We see the bar as a community resource, a place to stay connected and socialise and therefore it is helpful for our staff to be skilled in promoting sensible drinking.”

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