A GROUP created to combat alcohol addiction on the Westminster estate and Rossmore has been commended at a regional awards.
NHS Western Cheshire commissioned Our Life last summer to explore this issue at a community level.
Talking Drink: Taking Action was the result and last week it was highly commended in the Community Control category at the 2012 North West Public Health Awards.
Our Life supported a group of residents in Ellesmere Port to identify shared solutions to tackling alcohol issues in the community. The group met nine times and explored the question ‘what are the things that make it difficult to have a healthier relationship with alcohol?’.
The group decided on a final series of recommendations and discussed them with their MP and other local decision-makers.
One group member said: “It has lowered my alcohol intake and has raised my interest in working within my own community.”
Alison Giles, chief executive of Our Life said: “We are delighted that our work has been recognised at these awards.”
The award was presented to Our Life at the North West Public Health Conference: Sustainable Economies for Wellbeing in Manchester yesterday.