Over 100 people joined HAGA on 19th November 2015 to celebrate the launch of the new Shine Enterprise Centre and another year of taking action on alcohol in Haringey and beyond.
The Shine Enterprise Centre launch
The Shine Centre has been set up by HAGA, the alcohol action charity, to offer affordable business start-up and event space to local residents and direct work experience opportunities to local people moving forward in their recovery from alcohol.
As part of the Shine launch, we hosted a pop-up shop by Studio 306, a local social enterprise that aims to empower disadvantaged local individuals by offering a creative space for those who are recovering from mental illness, and the Haringey Recovery Service service-user led art group, who exhibited outstanding artwork and pottery made by service-users over the last year.
“Food, positive vibes, good networking”
“I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere”
HAGA’s Annual Public Meeting
With the SHINE Centre launched, celebration began of the achievements of service-users, staff, volunteers and partner agencies over the last year. HAGA staff facilitated a ‘World cafe’ event, inviting visitors to suggest actions on alcohol for the next year. Each world cafe table focused on a different type of risky drinker. The ideas flowed: from mandatory alcohol training for frontline professionals to more support for families.
HAGA launched its annual report as part of the event and welcomed special guest speakers: the right honourable David Lammy MP for Tottenham (who is also HAGA’s Honorary President), Alison Keating, Head of Alcohol and Drugs Team, Public Health England and Councillor Peter Morton, Cabinet Member for Health and Well-Being and St Ann’s ward, Haringey Council.
With the world cafe activity finished, visitors were asked to vote on the key actions to take forward over the next year. Each with four stickers in hand, the ‘dot-mocracy’ began and some clear winners emerged.
Key actions on alcohol for the year ahead
- A dry-athlon style challenge calling for people to stick to government guidelines for a month
- Tackle the culture of after work drinks by saving drinks money to give to charity
- More joined up support for Higher Risk drinkers around psychological therapies
- Asking High Risk/dependent drinkers what they want and co-produce a project or service with them
“Having conversations with people about alcohol, their thoughts, ideas and understanding”
“The speakers were informative and I learnt more about HAGA. A great organisation!”