Examples of small grants

Helping Professionals To Support Children And Young People Affected By Parental Alcohol Problems: Development Of A Website

This microsite has been developed as part of ENCARE, the European Network for Children Affected by Risky Family Environments. A website to support professionals working with children living with parental alcohol misuse (and/or parental domestic abuse) is the central output of ENCARE and a mini version of this site has been developed to offer more UK specific information on a range of topics, including guidelines for professionals. This is hosted as part of the main ENCARE website so it is a sustainable service.

The UK ‘mini-site’ can be found at www.encare.info/uk. To avoid duplication there is more detailed information (based on UK/English literature)included in the content of the main ENCARE website. The bulk of relevant information can be found at www.encare.info/en-GB/riskyenvironments. Both of these sites are being regularly modified, added to and disseminated.

Attentional Bias Training And Cue Reactivity Among Social Drinkers

This work has resulted in the following publications:

  • Attwood, A.S., Ohlson, C., Benton, C.P., Penton-Voak, I.S. & Munafò, M.R. (in press). Effects of acute alcohol consumption on processing of perceptual cues of emotional expression. Journal of Psychopharmacology
  • Munafò, M.R. & Mackintosh, B. (2008). Effects of attentional cognitive bias modification on cue reactivity for alcohol-related stimuli: Are the effects due to priming? (submitted)

On the basis of preliminary data from this grant a University of Bristol PhD studentship has been ecured. The work will further explore the questions identified as a result of the pilot work funded by the AERC.

There has been considerable interest among our scientific colleagues in the development of this project to measure sensitivity to facial expressions of emotion in the context of investigating the effects of alcohol on aggression and mood. The results will also to be of interest to clinicians developing cognitive-behavioural treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Development Of The Strengthening Families Programme In Cardiff

The original AERC funded project gave vital early impetus to further development of the Strengthening Families Programme at a local level. We were successful in securing additional resources to expand the team, leading on to local delivery of the programme. Cardiff Community Safety Partnership allocated funding for a full-time paid co-ordinator, admin support and programme delivery costs, initially up until March 2009.

Cardiff University are currently undertaking a qualitative / process study of the Cardiff Strengthening Families Programme on behalf of Welsh Assembly Government (WAG).

Developing this effective prevention programme on a strong, multi-agency partnership basis from the start has proven invaluable. SFP has provided an effective vehicle for joint working across a diverse range of organisations/professions. Families benefit from this, as do workers and their organisations and, ultimately, communities will benefit too.

A Pilot Study Of Inter-Agency Working To Reduce Binge Drinking And Acute Healthcare Demand.

This project has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated alcohol nurse specialist in the A&E department, with ongoing evaluation and improved links with other services, particularly the police.

The project has resulted in the following publication:

  • Benger J, Carter R. Could Inter-Agency Working Reduce Emergency Department Attendances Due To Alcohol Consumption?  Emergency Medicine Journal. 2008.

This work has also been presented at several conferences, including the Annual Scientific Meeting of the College of Emergency Medicine during 2007, with the following published abstract:
Benger J, Carter R. Can inter-agency working reduce binge drinking and emergency department attendances? (Conference abstract). 
Emergency Medicine Journal 2007;24:A6.

Outcomes from this study have been used to support service development in a number of centres across the UK.