The Alcohol Education Trust (AET)

Tackling early age drinking

As a Livery, we have committed to support alcohol education. The Alcohol Education Trust has developed a number of new educational tools that deliver important messages about alcohol to teenagers. Since we started to work with the AET in 2013, this charity has made great progress towards their goal of providing young people with knowledge related to alcohol and regarding the dangers of irresponsible drinking. To learn more about the work of the AET, visit their website The story below shows just how that work and your donations are improving the lives of children.

AET Founder and Director Helena Conibear visited the Court in February and gave an insightful presentation on the work that we help support, commenting as follows…“This year you have supported the Alcohol Education Trust with a wonderful project – helping to ensure that some of the most vulnerable children across England learn how to stay safe around alcohol. National research shows that one in five children have some level of special educational needs across Britain, and that children who have learning difficulties are three times more likely to be abused, tragically with alcohol often being used as part of the grooming process.With careful input from special educational needs specialists, the AET completed a complex set of resources for children of mixed abilities.The programme is based around understanding consent and how alcohol can affect decision making, increase vulnerability to others and susceptibility to other risk taking. It is also adapted to be used in a variety of settings, such as small groups or on a one-to-one basis.The Distillers’ Charity’s grant has given us the ability to open doors in hard-to reach areas across Britain that need us most. It has also helped us to negotiate matched funding from local authorities,youth aspiration and safer community funds, ensuring that practical, engaging resources on alcohol education are used in more schools and settings across the UK.”

Tough love parenting

The Isle of Wight conjures up beautiful images of sand, sea, sailing regattas, beach holidays and rolling hills, but you may be surprised to learn that this idyllic island has seven areas that are in the 20% most deprived areas in England. With one in five island children living in poverty, it is in the top 10 areas for under 18 alcohol-related hospital admissions. That is why the Isle of Wight is a focus area for our “Talk about alcohol” programme, in local schools, which encourages teachers to listen and engage with young people about their worries, concerns and pressures around risk-taking and, in particular, drinking. By working holistically within the community, we have been able to concentrate on solutions and alternatives to underage drinking and drunkenness. Your donations have definitely made a difference and changed people’s lives and this work could not continue without the financial help from the Distillers’ Charity. Thank you so much.
Helen Conibear
Director, Alcohol Education Trust

The Benevolent

The Benevolent is the trade charity for people who are working in, or who have worked in, the UK drinks industry.The Distillers’ Charity supports The Benevolent by way of our corporate patronage. In the past few years, The Benevolent has expanded the spectrum and breadth of support provided to colleagues in the UK drinks industry who are in need. The focus of the strategy is to provide more emotional support and to make this a cornerstone of the charitable operations of The Benevolent. A tangible example is Mike’s story.“Mike has always been driven by a passion for the spirits sector, which led him to embark upon his chosen career in bartending. He was fully enjoying his role as a bar manager at one of the most popular cocktail bars in London, when the proprietor decided to dismiss him. Not only was the dismissal unfair and with immediate effect, but Mike was also denied any lump sum for all his unused leave. Mike experienced the emotional distress of being dismissed unfairly and illegally, and also found himself under huge financial strain as the job was his only source of income. Incredibly stressed and genuinely scared, Mike started to feel lost and depressed, not knowing whereto turn.Mike was referred to the Benevolent by a friend, who was also a Benevolent Ambassador, and the trade charity immediately intervened. The organisation funded the fees of Mike’s solicitor in order to take the case to an Employment Tribunal and also provided him with an extra emergency grant to help him back on his feet during this stressful time. The charity has been by his side constantly throughout this journey. Mike realised that he’s not alone – he is aware that The Benevolent is there to lend a helping hand if he faces any future hardships.

Tom Yusef Walks the Wall

Tom Yusef  is the current Chairman of The Wine and Spirits Trades Benevolent Society. Tom and his wife Carol, have just completed an unforgettable fundraising journey walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall raising money for this excellent charity that supports our colleagues in our industry in need of help. Their walk started at Wallsend on Sunday 21 May and they finished at Bowness-on-Solway on Friday 26 May.

The 84 mile long journey took Tom and Carol through Roman forts, mileposts and bath houses and the wall is one of the most famous of all the frontiers of the Roman empire. Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Tom aims to raise £25,000 for our trade charity and he has already passed the £10,000 mark which is fantastic. As a proud supporter of The Benevolent, I am asking you all to please make even a small donation to support such a wonderful challenge for such a wonderful charity, our own trade charity.

To support Tom’s Challenge please make your donation to the official BT Donate page of the ‘Walk The Wall’ Challenge: Here is the link:

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