Horsham’s Mocktail project to be rolled out across Sussex

JPCT 180614 S14260158x  Mocktails. South Lodge.  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140618-152736001
JPCT 180614 S14260158x Mocktails. South Lodge. -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-140618-152736001

An innovative alcohol education project from Horsham is set to be rolled out across various schools in Sussex later this year.

Mocktails Apprentice Project {MAP), run by charity Horsham Matters, has run for the last two years in several Horsham district schools, and from September will be piloted in ten different schools in Sussex.

The project aims to empower young people to explore safe and responsible alternatives to alcohol, as well as helping them develop key project management skills as they create and market non-alcoholic cocktails.

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) are backing the scheme’s expansion due to its innovative, engaging, and strategic approach to tackling alcohol education.

Phil Henty, the SSRP operations manager, said: “In all of our work, we try to use innovative methods to raise awareness and change behaviours. The MAP Team have shown real flair and dedication with their work to date in the Horsham District and I’m excited to see how this will roll out across Sussex.”

A team of girls from Farlington School in Broadbridge Heath won this year’s grand final at South Lodge Hotel with their Mocktail ‘#1’.

Victoria Jones, from this year’s winning team, said: “It was a fantastic feeling to win and a great surprise when there were such amazing teams in the finale. We would recommend taking part to every school. We all learnt how to be good sales women and to promote alcohol awareness through fun and safe Mocktail alternatives.”

Susan Farman, head of Year 9 at Farlington School, added,: “The Mocktail Apprentice experience was one which targeted exactly the right age group, giving them the opportunity to consider the important facts about the effects of alcohol on both themselves and those around them.

“Highlighting the risks of drink driving and peer pressure, within the context of a challenging, fun and creative business venture, encouraged everyone to take part wholeheartedly and positively. I would recommend this initiative to all Year 9 leaders.”

MAP and the SSRP are also approaching local business leaders who would like to get involved, contributing their time and business expertise to the teams of young people - inspiring them for a life in business and giving them a boost in the competition.

Dann Morris, head of Mocktail Apprentice and young persons substance misuse manager at Horsham Matters, said: “As always, we’ve been exceptionally impressed with the way that the students have engaged with the MAP Project.

“This year, we’ve really seen them take the SSRP’s ‘Drink or Drive’ message to heart - you can see the results in our student feedback comments

“Being able to work with the Partnership to expand our initiative across Sussex is a great opportunity to work with more young people, raising their alcohol awareness, increasing their business skills and making our roads safer for everyone.”

For more information about the pilot visit {http://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/drinkordrive/make-mine-a-mocktail.html|SSRP’s website|SSRP’s website}.