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Thinking Differently Practitioners Guide launched

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The Robertson Trust is pleased to launch Thinking Differently: Lessons for Practitioners, a short guide which pulls together 12 top tips for organisations interested in reducing alcohol-related harm by positioning young people as the potential catalysts for change. 

The tips are based on learning from the Thinking Differently programme which launched in 2013 and sought to trial innovative, preventative interventions designed to reduce alcohol related harm in Scotland. Three organisations - Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust (South Lanarkshire), MYPAS (Midlothian) and YMCA Glenrothes (Fife) - explored to what extent young people could become agents of change and influence behaviour changes for their peers, parents and the community respectively. The projects worked towards achieving the following long-term outcomes:

  • Reduce alcohol-related harm and associated risky behaviours by young people;
  • Build practical, sustainable skills and knowledge to empower young people, parents/carers and the community to take action to address local alcohol concerns

Who is the guide for?

  • Any third sector organisation working with young people, particularly those working on misuse of alcohol
  • Policy makers with an interest in engaging young people in youth work, particularly around alcohol misuse and peer influencing

Download the guide here.