Convoy group highlights drinking dangers

Young people involved with the Foróige ‘L.E.A.F.’ Garda Youth Diversion Project in Donegal are tackling the issue of underage drinking and alcohol-related harm in their area by developing an innovative poster campaign highlighting types of youth ID required for the sale of alcohol. Inspired by the upcoming Spring/Summer ‘party season’, the group from Convoy have designed a poster highlighting the four forms of identification required to purchase alcohol legally. The poster - which thanks local businesses for ‘Not Serving Alcohol to U-18s’ - also includes ‘Stay Safe Tips’ for a fun night out. Anne Timony-Meehan, Community Mobilisation Officer who supported the Community Mobilisation Project in the Raphoe area said, “This innovative creative project has produced an eye-catching and informative poster and is a fine example of a community response to alcohol related harm in the community. The Info Poster has been printed in three sizes and distributed throughout the county via Community Mobilisation groups in Raphoe, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Mevagh, Castlefin, Moville and Buncrana.”

Young people involved with the Foróige ‘L.E.A.F.’ Garda Youth Diversion Project in Donegal are tackling the issue of underage drinking and alcohol-related harm in their area by developing an innovative poster campaign highlighting types of youth ID required for the sale of alcohol. Inspired by the upcoming Spring/Summer ‘party season’, the group from Convoy have designed a poster highlighting the four forms of identification required to purchase alcohol legally. The poster - which thanks local businesses for ‘Not Serving Alcohol to U-18s’ - also includes ‘Stay Safe Tips’ for a fun night out. Anne Timony-Meehan, Community Mobilisation Officer who supported the Community Mobilisation Project in the Raphoe area said, “This innovative creative project has produced an eye-catching and informative poster and is a fine example of a community response to alcohol related harm in the community. The Info Poster has been printed in three sizes and distributed throughout the county via Community Mobilisation groups in Raphoe, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Mevagh, Castlefin, Moville and Buncrana.”

The Convoy young people, supported by Jane McLean and Nuala Plunkett (Youth Justice workers with Foróige), are one of three groups currently working on a community arts project with a facilitator from the Balor Theatre on raising awareness and addressing the consequences of alcohol misuse among young people. This is also supported by the Alcohol Forum’s Time IVA Change Border Region Alcohol Project.

The Community Mobilisation Project in Raphoe is one of several such projects in the North West Border area and forms part of a larger regional initiative under the Co-operation & Working Together’s (CAWT) ‘Time IVA Change’ Border Region Alcohol Project which is funded through the Special EU Programmes Body under the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme.

Posters are available on request from the ‘Time IV A Change Border Region Alcohol Project, Contact 074 9125596, anne@nwaf.ie or arlene@nwaf.ie