£10k bid to warn West Leeds youngsters against drug and alcohol abuse

15 September 2019

A project to warn youngsters in Outer West Leeds about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse could receive £10,000 funding.

Members of the council’s Outer West Community Committee are being asked to approve the grant for the Drug Watch Foundation (DWF) to provides drug and alcohol awareness information packs and workshops to children up to 19 years in schools and colleges.

Youngsters would be informed about the dangers, laws, health and social implications of drug and alcohol abuse.

DWF promotes active lifestyles, positive behaviours and building self-esteem amongst young people, with the aim of mitigating anti-social behaviour and the onset of health and well-being problems, including mental health.

A report to the community committee said:

“The number of beneficiaries that they can reach via this project is 16,500 and they aim to provide workshops to children via schools and colleges. educating them about the dangers, laws, health and social implications of drug and alcohol abuse. “

The committee will also decide a number of small grant applications, including a storage container for the Friends of Farsley Rehoboth group, when it meets at 1pm in Pudsey Civic Hall tomorrow (Monday).

Councillors will also discuss climate emergency and air quality, flytipping in Farnley & Wortley and problems with anti-social behaviour in Pudsey town centre.

On the issue on anti-social behaviour, a council report to be considered tomorrow said:

“…We have made significant progress, in arresting the main offenders on numerous occasions and working with Partners to look at longer term solutions to the issue. “

The Outer West Community Committee is made up of councillors from Caleverley & Farsley, Farnley & Wortley and Pudsey wards.

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