What we do

Workshops, seminars and networking for local alcohol coordinators

The Academy provides free half-day workshops and seminars for strategic alcohol leads on a regional basis throughout England. Sessions are planned to meet the specific requirements of local coordinators, and involve specialist and academic input as appropriate. 

Workshops typically cover one topic, for example alcohol and older people, and feature presentations and discussion on the issues, best practice approaches and overcoming barriers. The aim is for particpants to gain an in-depth knowledge of the topic to develop effective strategic responses. The Academy aims to focus on key issues affecting local alcohol strategy delivery and work with national policy leads and others to address gaps or areas for development.

In most cases the sessions are hosted by the region's Government Office, with the planning and delivery organised by the Academy.

Networking is supported by the Academy discussion forum, details here http://lists.alcoholacademy.net/mailman/listinfo/forum and meet-ups at national conferences and other events. The latest policy, news and research findigns are shared through www.alcoholpolicy.net.

For more information, get in touch via the Contact page.

Training

As a not-for profit Social Enterprise, the Academy also provides excellent value training for alcohol practitioners and front-line workers. This helps us raise funds to support the core work with alcohol coordinators. The Academy's training team works in partnership with local alcohol services and other experts to ensure the sessions take account of  local issues and resources.

Our training topics include:

  • Basic alcohol awareness
  • Alcohol identification and brief advice (brief interventions)
  • Tools and powers to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
  • Commissioning alcohol treatment & interventions
  • Multi-component strategies to tackle alcohol-related harm
  • Coceathylene: tommorow's time bomb?
  • Train the trainer in alcohol awareness
  • Train the trainer in alcohol identification and brief advice

We can tailor sessions to particular audiences, for example alcohol identification and brief advice for housing officers or social workers. Contact us for prices, details and to discuss bespoke training.

Policy and consultation advocacy

As a membership body, the Academy provides a mechanism for local alcohol coordinators and strategic leads to submit consultation responses and submissions to central and regional government and policy leads. The Academy works closely with key government departments and aims to ensure the experiences and views of those delivering alcohol strategy on the ground are heard by those responsible alcohol policy decisons. Through these links we also aim to provide local coordinators with prompt information and responses from central government departments on any key issues arising.

Consultancy

The Academy was set up in 2009 by Ranzetta Consulting, public health specialists for alcohol. The Academy team therefore have extensive experience in consultancy particualrly in the development and delivery of local alcohol harm reduction strategy. As a Community Interest Company the Academy can therefore provide excellent value consultancy and research.