West Howe education centre installs ‘mock-up bar’ to teach youngsters about a safe night out

Bournemouth Echo: Diana Newbury and Alison Shelton Diana Newbury and Alison Shelton

AN EDUCATION centre in West Howe has installed its own mock-up bar in a bid to help teach youngsters how to stay safe on a night out.

The charity StreetWise, which operates the centre, will officially launch the bar at the end of the month as part its NightWise project.

Alison Shelton, chief executive of StreetWise, said: “We want to prevent the bad things from happening and raise awareness in ways that people can help themselves and do it in an environment that isn’t finger wagging, intimidating or threatening.

She added: “It will build on their safer learning experiences and help them to stay safe out and about in the town from making sure not to have your drink spiked to who gives you a lift home at night and everything in between.”

The project aims to educate young people aged 16 and above about responsible drinking, drug awareness and how to keep safe at nightspots.

The Talbot Village Trust provided a £40,500 grant to help fund the bar, which is due to open its doors later this month.

Christopher Lees, chairman of the Talbot Village Trust, said: “Streetwise is an essential community asset serving Dorset and providing important life lessons to young people.

The national chain JD Whetherspoon has also given the charity £9,000 towards the cost of the project as well as providing old beer pumps and the company’s signature window stickers to give the bar extra authenticity.

Kim Newstead of Whetherspoon said: “JD Wetherspoon is proud to sponsor the NightWise project in Bournemouth and Weymouth.

“As a company, we are responsible retailers.

“We feel it is important to educate teenagers on alcohol awareness and encourage them to drink responsibly.”

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12:50pm Fri 2 May 14

stevobath says...

That'll make a difference. By 16 it's too late. Try engaging kids at 10/12 years old, not when they've already hit the cycle of drinking etc.
Honestly are these do gooders for real?
That'll make a difference. By 16 it's too late. Try engaging kids at 10/12 years old, not when they've already hit the cycle of drinking etc. Honestly are these do gooders for real? stevobath
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1:14pm Fri 2 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The Talbot Village Trust provided a £40,500 grant to help fund the bar, which is due to open its doors later this month

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Dear oh dear, they should be discouraging kids not to enter bars as their money will be needed for their own offspring.
The Talbot Village Trust provided a £40,500 grant to help fund the bar, which is due to open its doors later this month ........ Dear oh dear, they should be discouraging kids not to enter bars as their money will be needed for their own offspring. Sir Beachy Head
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2:21pm Fri 2 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

This is great news. Keep up the good work Alison and the team!
This is great news. Keep up the good work Alison and the team! Teddy 1
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6:31pm Fri 2 May 14

Yankee1 says...

We have a simpler system in the US.

No one can buy alcohol until they are 21.

Those who sell it are busted. Big time. Jail time.

You can drink at home, under parental supervision. That is fine.

Tell me - how is that wrong?
We have a simpler system in the US. No one can buy alcohol until they are 21. Those who sell it are busted. Big time. Jail time. You can drink at home, under parental supervision. That is fine. Tell me - how is that wrong? Yankee1
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8:04pm Fri 2 May 14

BIGTONE says...

A lot of 16+ are smashed before they go out.
A lot of 16+ are smashed before they go out. BIGTONE
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5:12pm Sat 3 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Yankee1 wrote:
We have a simpler system in the US.

No one can buy alcohol until they are 21.

Those who sell it are busted. Big time. Jail time.

You can drink at home, under parental supervision. That is fine.

Tell me - how is that wrong?
It's probably a good idea in a place where you can walk around with a gun at 18. That combination would be frightening.
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I spent a few years in and Italy and France growing up and used to buy wine and beer from the supermarkets there at 14. They don't have nearly the problems we have with alcohol.
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It's the culture that needs changing not more pansy laws nobody listens to.
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[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: We have a simpler system in the US. No one can buy alcohol until they are 21. Those who sell it are busted. Big time. Jail time. You can drink at home, under parental supervision. That is fine. Tell me - how is that wrong?[/p][/quote]It's probably a good idea in a place where you can walk around with a gun at 18. That combination would be frightening. . I spent a few years in and Italy and France growing up and used to buy wine and beer from the supermarkets there at 14. They don't have nearly the problems we have with alcohol. . It's the culture that needs changing not more pansy laws nobody listens to. . HRH of Boscombe
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