It is the Drink, Work and Me vision that every employee working in Northern Ireland will have insight into the impact of alcohol, and the supports available to reduce alcohol related harm.
We hope to achieve our aim through a programme of education, training and treatment.
The General Awareness Training is designed to give participants greater insight into alcohol and its hidden harms. Participants will learn about the impact alcohol has on their physical and emotional well-being, on their family, and on their wider community, and will also explore practical ways to reduce alcohol related harm.
Line Management Training is designed to enable those with supervisory responsibility to recognise the impact of alcohol related harm on the individual and the workplace. Participants will learn how to have an initial conversation about alcohol related issues, and how to proactively address alcohol related harm.
Alcohol Rooms offer a private and relaxed space where individuals can talk one-to-one with a skilled alcohol worker. The clinics offer a chance to learn more, to ask questions, and to discuss concerns.
The Brief Treatment service is for anyone concerned that alcohol is affecting them in a negative way. Brief treatment will help the individual to examine their alcohol use, and will give information and practical ideas about changing drinking habits.
The Counselling service is for anyone concerned that alcohol is affecting them in a negative way. This service offers a professional, twelve-week treatment programme tailored to the specific needs of the individual.
Drink, Work and Me aims to establish a lasting legacy within each participating business. This is achieved through the development of a Learning Network, backed by a Workplace Champion, and supported by Alcohol Awareness Trainers and Trusted Colleagues.
The Workplace Champion will hold overall responsibility for building and sustaining the Drink, Work and Me legacy. The Champion will be supported to: 1) Develop a Business Case 2) Secure Senior Management “buy-in” 3) Identify key objectives 4) Engage people and partners 5) Develop resources, tools and policy 6) Co-ordinate the legacy programme 7) Assess and evaluate impact Drink, Work and Me will provide support to the Champion through the Learning Network, a peer learning group. The Learning Network will enable the Champion to develop a sustainable programme, backed by a sound business case, and grounded in a holistic policy framework.
The Drink, Work and Me Trainer will deliver Alcohol General Awareness and Line Management Training as part of the legacy programme. The Drink, Work and Me Trainer will be supported to: 1) Develop an understanding of alcohol, and its impact. 2) Develop awareness of the positive impact of alcohol awareness raising. 3) Develop knowledge of the training objectives, contents and intended outcomes. Drink, Work and Me will provide support through our Train the Trainer Programme. This programme will enable the Drink, Work and Me trainer to deliver a bespoke training programme, supported by Drink, Work and Me resources, and backed by sound knowledge and skills.
The Trusted Colleague is someone with knowledge of alcohol and its related harms who can be approached for information and support. The Trusted Colleague will be supported to: 1) Develop an understanding of alcohol, and its impact. 2) Develop a knowledge and awareness of the support available to those impacted by alcohol related harm. Drink, Work and Me will provide support through the Trusted Colleague Training Programme. The programme will enable the Trusted Colleague to: 1) Create an environment where employees feel safe and able to talk about alcohol related issues. Provide sensitive responses which detail the available supports.