Hereford night-club manager works to reduce drink-related disorder

Hereford Times: An alcohol diversion scheme in Hereford aims to "rehabilitate" those banned from pubs and clubs. An alcohol diversion scheme in Hereford aims to "rehabilitate" those banned from pubs and clubs.

A HEREFORD nightclub manager gave a talk in Manchester last week about how he pulled out the stops to cut drink-related disorder and violence in the city.

The Bottletop alcohol diversion scheme is the brainchild of Dan Guerche, who runs Play nightclub and is chairman of Herefordshire Against Nighttime Disorder (HAND).

The course is an attempt to "rehabilitate" those banned from pubs and clubs for their drink-fuelled behaviour and raises understanding of alcohol awareness, health and social consequences and managed drinking strategies.

It is offered over two hours by a drugs and alcohol worker with successful completion depending on an individual's self-reflective realisation of consequences.

Dan sought expert advice from Dr David Marshall, an associate of the Bulmer Foundation which has already delivered the highly successful Bottletop project designed to help young people address alcohol related issues.

The scheme has been such a success that it scooped a High Sheriff of Herefordshire Award last year.

And, now the rest of the country is starting to find out about its benefits.

Dan and Inspector Nick Semper, from Hereford police, gave a speech at the National Pubwatch Conference in Manchester.

Dan said that he was amazed at the reception the scheme got senior police officers and other pub watch groups.

"So far, we have been invited to the Isle of Man, Corby, Tunbridge Wells, Cambridge," said Dan.

"I have also learnt that other pub watch groups are looking to come to Hereford to understand more about how we are managing this."

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10:37am Tue 25 Feb 14

petet25 says...

But why? Hereford night time disorder seems to of has gone up.

Look at all the reports in the HT. Nearly every week we see numerous reports made of people getting injured or put in hospital.

Maybe he should look at fixing the problem in this town before going off to other towns to give talks on how he supposedly solved the night time disorder problem in Hereford which is just as bad, if not worse than ever
But why? Hereford night time disorder seems to of has gone up. Look at all the reports in the HT. Nearly every week we see numerous reports made of people getting injured or put in hospital. Maybe he should look at fixing the problem in this town before going off to other towns to give talks on how he supposedly solved the night time disorder problem in Hereford which is just as bad, if not worse than ever petet25
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11:44am Tue 25 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Do you go out in Hereford at night petet25 ?
I suggest you find out a little about how this scheme operates before you **** judgement based on a few Hereford Times reports.
Find out how Hereford compares to other towns.
Do you go out in Hereford at night petet25 ? I suggest you find out a little about how this scheme operates before you **** judgement based on a few Hereford Times reports. Find out how Hereford compares to other towns. mizza21
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