Training Islington in alcohol interventions
Blenheim have trained over 180 professionals and residents in Islington over the past twelve months in how to support local people to reduce their alcohol use.
The Information & Brief Advice (IBA) training enables those trained to support people whose drinking may be of increasing risk, provide relevant information, discuss strategies for cutting down and, if necessary refer people to specialist services.
Angelina Taylor, Public Health Strategist at Islington Borough Council, said:
“Islington experiences some of the highest levels of alcohol-related harm in London and we commissioned Blenheim to provide this training to provide frontline staff in alcohol awareness. Ensuring they have the skills, knowledge and confidence to have conversations on increasing and higher risk drinking is effective as part of a whole-system approach to alcohol-harm reduction. We are really pleased that this intervention has reached so many people and will have an impact on many residents’ lives.”
The team have trained a variety of delegates and organisations including: Barnsbury Job Centre, London Metropolitan University, the London Fire Brigade, Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House, St Giles Trust and Islington Mind.
A delegate from the NHS Islington Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team said:
“A really solid training session – it was well rounded and gave enough information to get my mind thinking. It was all well explained, interactive and helpful to be able to understand the terminology.”
The IBA training was commissioned by Islington Council for professionals and residents of the borough.