Po­lice host first Fort wil­liam cafe event

The Oban Times - - DISTRICT NEWS -

In the first event of its kind for Lochaber, Po­lice Scot­land hosted a ‘con­ver­sa­tion café’ at the Ne­vis Cen­tre, Fort Wil­liam, yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day).

The event was a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Po­lice Scot­land, Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce and Fer­gu­sons Trans­port to help com­mu­ni­ties dis­cuss and gain greater un­der­stand­ing of is­sues such as drug/al­co­hol abuse and men­tal health, the im­pact on busi­ness and em­ploy­ment and the work cur­rently be­ing car­ried out by part­ners and the third sec­tor through­out Lochaber. There is con­sid­er­able work be­ing un­der­taken lo­cally and it was hoped this event would pro­mote this and raise aware­ness, while pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion, as­sis­tance and sup­port around these top­ics and how they are im­pact­ing on com­mu­ni­ties.

In a state­ment to pub­li­cise the event, a High­lands and Is­lands Po­lice Divi­sion spokesper­son said: ‘These are real is­sues in Lochaber. Tak­ing the time to in­form every­one what sup­port is avail­able may con­trib­ute to dif­fer­ent choices be­ing made.’

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