The People of Hag Fold Join Alcohol Support Scheme
Residents of Hag Fold in Atherton are sacrificing their spare time in order to become champions as part of the Communities in Charge of Alcohol (CICA) initiative. It was started to inspire conversation between people about alcohol and our relationships with it. The scheme has also been brought into Wigan Council’s Deal for Health and Wellness.
Director for public health at the council, Professor Kate Ardern, said: “I am hugely grateful to the residents of Hag Fold who have volunteered their time and expertise to become CICA Champions.
“I was privileged to attend the first morning of their training programme and was inspired by their enthusiasm and ideas for taking the programme forward in Wigan.
“This is another fantastic example of how The Deal for Health and Wellness is making a positive difference to people’s lives.
“I look forward to working with them and our fantastic Wigan and Leigh Recovery Partnership to make CICA a reality for our borough.”
Those who volunteer, referred to as ‘alcohol health champions', are working as a team in order to suggest ways in which their community can reduce alcohol-related issues, such as the making of licensing decisions in the area.
These champions have been trained to talk to those around them and educate them on services and information available, which can then aid them in hopefully cutting down on their alcohol intake should they wish to do so. Wigan Council will continue to work to put in place a network of 30 champions who reside or work in the borough.
The most recent statistics from Public Health England shows that people across Greater Manchester as a whole are consuming alcohol at a higher rate than the national average.
This continues to put health and emergency services under great strain. The success of this project is to be measured over the course of a 5 year period.
This will be achieved through looking at crucial figures such as the number of hospital admissions, ambulance call outs and alcohol related crime levels.