Fenland teenagers from alcohol advice group Smarteenies nominated for Kids Are Alright Challenge

TEENAGERS from the Smarteenies - an advice group which reviews the effect of alcohol on young people - have been nominated for the Kids Are Alright Challenge.

The group, which celebrated its first anniversary last month, is part of Drinksense and aims to inform young people about alcohol related issues.

Members aged 13-18 meet for an hour every fortnight to discuss the risks associated with alcohol, the law in relation to young people and how to stay safe.

The group has designed a new campaign leaflet and has secured funding to launch an anti-social behaviour programme for Year 8 students at schools in March and Wisbech.

Christine Greer, Drinksense Chief Executive, said: “Young people are central to the development of our services and we are keen to work with young people interested in volunteering, and in the work that brings safe alcohol messages to the front of young people’s thinking.

“The Smarteenies, alongside the Drinksense Young People Workers, have taken part in campaign design work and fundraising activities, which we feel is vitally important for the future of the work we do.”

Volunteers from the group took part in the Great Eastern Fun Run last year to raise money for Drinksense services.

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They have also provided information to help produce a five-minute video on the best ways to communicate with young people.

The group is now looking at alcohol and links with road safety.

• The Smarteenies are the first March nomination for the Kids Are Alright Challenge. We’re still searching for the youngsters doing great things across Fenland. To nominate a young person fill in the form on our website or e-mail robert.setchell@archant.co.uk

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