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CASH FOR SCOTS COMMUNITY INITIATIVES TO TACKLE DRUG MISUSE

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The Scottish Office is making more than£370,000 available for local projects throughout Scotland designed to help ...
The Scottish Office is making more than £370,000 available for local projects throughout Scotland designed to help young people steer clear of drugs.

It is the third phase of community-based pilot initiatives using theatre, peer-led drama, outdoor activities and sport to help combat drug misuse.

42 projects are to be funded throughout Scotland ranging from £20,000 for Greater Glasgow Drug Action Team to £550 for Cranstonhill Crime Prevention Panel.

Announcing the funding today, Scottish minister of state James Douglas-Hamilton said:

'The aim of these projects is to create new ideas and opportunities for diverting young people away from drugs and into alternative activities. Young people themselves will be involved in the development and organisation of many of the projects. This will help them to develop new skills and experiences to ensure that they steer clear of drugs.'

The funding has been allocated in order to implement a recommendation in the Report of the Drugs Task Force that pilot community drug action projects should be developed with the intention that those which are successful might be applied on a wider basis. A total sum of £328,000 was allocated for the previous two phases of the programme during 1995-96.

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