The Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance misuse. It has been running since 2000 and is funded by the Foundation and The Scottish Government. Groups targeted are:
The PDI recently worked with STRADA to deliver a masterclass on 'what does it take to make a difference?' This took place on Thursday 19 April at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh, and focused on sharing learning from PDI so everyone who attended could use this in their own work.
There were four presentations during the day and these are available to download below. A report covering key points discussed during the event will be shared as soon as it is available.
Approaches by Barnardo's.PPT
Engagement by Circle.ppt
Partnerships working well by Children 1st.ppt
As we work with voluntary and statutory groups, the projects we fund gain strength from the partnership approach used.
We are also really interested in making sure the projects we fund will be accessible to the children and young people they are trying to help. So, a group of young people assess potential projects, making sure they are relevant to the children and young people who will be using them.
There are many different things to think about when we consider how effective projects will be at addressing issues around drugs and alcohol, and a steering group who have a wide range of expertise in this area gives us confidence that all aspects of projects have been looked at.
Alcohol & Drug Partnerships (ADPs) are a key group in co-ordinating work locally, and charities develop two-stage applications with them. This makes sure all the projects we fund are linked into other work going on locally.
Paul Hunter, Team Leader at MYPAS, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to the Partnership Drugs Initiative. We at MYPAS really appreciate both the financial and capacity building support and assistance provided by the PDI."
Click here to find out how to apply to the Partnership Drugs Initiative.
A total of just over £14.7 million has been awarded through the PDI to voluntary organisations in all of the 30 Alcohol & Drug Partnership (ADP) areas throughout Scotland.