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Project information

Alcohol& drug awareness for college students

To inform and educate hospitalty and catering college students on the dangers of alcohol and drug excess by providing powerful testimonials of decline, destruction and recovery from professional chefs who have succumbed to alcoholism and addictions.

September 2010 - July 2011

Charity information: The Ark Foundation

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  • Need


    There is a need for education for hospitality workers who have ease in obtaining alcohol in the workplace. Young trainee chefs, restaurant and kitchen staff work in a stressful, pressured & uncomfortable environment. They work long arduous and unsocial hours which leads to individuals seeking relief and relaxation and alcohol is the ‘drug’ of choice for many. In a recent survey carried out by the industry's magazine 98% of those asked have witnessed their colleagues under the influence.


    Through inter-active educational seminars exclusively for catering students we aim to inform of the dangers of alcohol excess on the mind and body. How many units can be consumed, how the body processes a unit, how many units in a drink, how individuals react differently to ethanol. By delivering our presentation to all hospitality e students annually we aim to encourage a responsible and informed adult who will join a workforce of 1.6billion workers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol and drug misuse and to encourage responsible drinking.


    » Deliver 200 interactive workshops to 200 Colleges involving 10,000 hospitality students

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the number of students attending our talks, by feedback of the effectiveness of delivery and the number of follow-up enquiries received.

  • Impact


    Long term changes occur because the information received is informative, inspirational, dramatic, and life-changing.
    We demonstrate through personal experiences of our recovering alcoholics that to avoid binge-drinking one must be an informed drinker and be aware of the dangers. We hi-light the medical implications and schocking facts and medication that an alcholic has to endure resulting in 2 students from every workshop seeking help & advice for their alcohol or drug habit .


    The risk is that young vulnerable students continue to be mis-informed or un-informed about the dangers involved in alcohol and drug abuse. They will continue to binge-drink and are in danger of becoming one of the 1:10 individuals to succumb to alcoholism. Unable to hold down a job, a relationship, a family or a home. We have not had to deal with the risks because they have not yet occurred, however without financial backing this would again be a serious issue.


    Funders would receive an update according to their requirements- usually 1-2 times per year. Informing of our activities, the number of students attending each session, the number of colleges visited and the effectiveness of our delivery.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £95,500 Presenters fees 250 workshops at 250 colleges
      £15,500 Administrator Salary
      £15,500 Travel & Accommodation Presenters travel costs
      £23,500 Parent Charity support Share of office costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Savoy Educational Trust £45,000 Guaranteed
    Compass Foundation £20,000 Guaranteed
    Master Innholders £5,000 Guaranteed
    Thomas Howells Foundation £3,600 Conditional
  • Background


    The project operates throughout the UK. 23 Colleges in Scotland where alcohol use is high, 20 in Wales and 207 in England. The demand for the talk varies from area to area, but there is a requirement in each & every college. One presentation is given on an annual basis at each college for all new Hospitality students. At Lewisham College 2 talks per year are given due to small class sizes and timetable difficulties.


    No student is excluded from our presentations, all backgrounds, creed, ethnicity & ability are invited. All ages from 14 upwards are encouraged to attend. Since instigation the numbers have risen from 2800 to 10800, due mainly to word of mouth and higher intake at the beginning of the academic year. Every student has the opportunity of discussion their alcohol/drug habit with the presenter. The talks are enabling for Tutors as healthy discussions follow our visits.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Ark Foundation is the only charity dealing specifically with the problem of alcohol and drug misuse in the hospitality industry and in particular the hospitality student. The talks have been received with acclaim and demand exceeds capability at times e.g. at the beginning of September during induction weeks. The 3 Presenters are trained in their profession and thus the young hospitality student responds & respects one of their own who has been through despair & recovery.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael Quinn OBE

    Michael is the founder of The Ark Foundation - His vision was to prevent others from experiencing his fate.

    Peter Kay

    Peter devised the project's content and is responsible for the training of the other Presenters. He is Director of Sporting Chance for footballers.

    Ken Crosland

    Ken is a highly experienced Presenter both at College level and in the commercial side of The Ark Foundation providing bespoke policies for business.