GCSS work with a range of partners across Glasgow to develop and support initiatives that respond to communities' concerns. GCSS provide strategic support for the ADP Communities Sub-group and for delivery of the annual GRAND (Getting Real about Alcohol ‘N’ Drugs) week. Information on this work (including the Sub-group’s Alcohol and Drugs Initiatives Fund) is available at www.glasgowgrand.org
The Communities Sub-group commissioned and continues to support the Ripple Effect Research, a community led consultation on how alcohol affects our communities.
GCSS locality teams respond to community concerns around alcohol and drug issues including off-Sales campaigns that challenge underage and agent purchase of alcohol.
Our staff have led on a number of multi-agency Alcohol campaigns during the past year and currently play a key role in the Council Leader's Alcohol Action Campaign". The Action Plans aim to address a range of alcohol related issues such as antisocial behaviour, agent purchasing and drinking dens, and provide support to licensees via our staff and Police.
Example: Shettleston Off-Sales Campaign Alcohol is a CHP priority in North East Glasgow.Police statistics show that groups of youths, congregate in public places consuming large quantities of alcohol and, intoxicated, commit acts of antisocial behaviour.GCSS led a multi-agency partnership to address these issues during 2010/11.
The Shettleston Alcohol Initiative surpassed all expectations by achieving a 14% reduction in alcohol-related antisocial behaviour incidents, 47% reduction in antisocial behaviour alcohol related crime, 18 drinking dens identified and removed and 3,653 litres of alcohol seized.
The initiative has been nominated for a COSLA award by Glasgow City Council.