Manga Themed Alcohol Awareness Project for Under 18s Launching in December

CAP DIverted U18 Project

AN ALCOHOL awareness themed Manga drawing project, aimed at 13-17 year-olds, is launching during the December school holidays.

The project, organised by Reading Council’s Community Alcohol Partnership Officer, will offer arty activities for young people, in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption.

The free project will be run by Reading artist Stephanie O’Brien. It will enable young people to create their own manga style comic strip/story based around the theme of alcohol awareness.

Stephanie will run a Facebook group ‘Diverted U18’ , which will offer daily updates, drawing guidance and competitions to engage and guide young members. She will also lead a weekly drop in session in Reading where young people can go for face to face guidance with their art projects. However there is no need to attend the drop in sessions to take part.  At the end of the project, those taking part will have a comic strip/book they have created themselves.

The project will initially run for two weeks over the Christmas period, with the plan to run a further two week projects over Easter and a six week project over the summer holidays.

Cllr Paul Gittings, Lead Member for Consumer Services, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to launch this project, which will provide an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol. It is vital that messages about the responsible use of alcohol are brought home to young people in an accessible way and so creating art work they can share with their peers is an excellent idea.”

Cllr Graeme Hoskin, Lead Member for Health, said:

“This project will provide a fun but educational diversionary activity for young people in Reading. It is particularly important we offer activities that aren’t necessarily sport orientated for young people who would prefer to be creative. We know that under 18s are particularly vulnerable to damage caused by alcohol. Hopefully this will keep a number of young people engaged throughout the holiday period as well as making them aware of health and well-being messages.”

The project launches on 21st December 2016 and can be accessed at

The drop in sessions will run at:
Zoe’s Gallery – Jacksons Corner on 23rd & 27th December at 11am -12pm



A photo of Cllr Gittings with artist Stephanie O’Brien and the Council’s Community Alcohol Partnership Officer, is available on request.

Victoria Nickless

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