Drinklink have been shown continued support since the charity launched in 2012 and have been overwhelmed by the funding received from Rigmar who have chosen Drinklink as their charity of choice for three years running for the annual Golf Day.
Last years outing was held at Trump International in September and Katherine Irvine, DRiNKLiNK volunteer, was invited along to represent the charity. She spoke of the event saying:
“It really was a great turn out and it was amazing to see everyone interested to hear what the charity had to offer. All delegates, a mixture of Rigmar staff and clients, were extremely generous when buying raffle tickets in aid of Drinklink and the winners seemed more than chuffed with their top of the range prizes.”
The funding Drinklink has received from Rigmar over the years has enabled the charity to launch a new website which aims to keep stakeholders up-to-date with fundraising and other events and activities that are going on.
Speaking of the website Katherine said: “When we launched, we were overwhelmed with the support offered by the community. At the time, we weren’t able to offer volunteers the support they needed. We felt it was important to our volunteers that we had all our ducks in a row in terms of communication to ensure we could support them properly before we commenced with the strategy to provide information websites to those affected by someone else’s drinking. The stakeholder website offers a solution to this and is the first step in our process of Drinklink being in full swing, and we hope that as well as giving our fundraisers some fun ideas on how they can raise money for the charity, that it will be seen as an avenue for recovery for those who live with alcohol misuse.
“Often, the family, friends and even work colleagues of someone struggling with an addiction can be overlooked. With the follow on websites we want this website to make sure these people are not forgotten. We want people to feel they can turn to Drinklink as a safe place and use the website to socialise with others in a similar situation and build their confidence knowing they are not alone.”
Katherine tells us what’s next for Drinklink: “With the stakeholder website live, our next step is to launch a workplace website, which is currently under construction. It’s important for us to get information out to those in need. In an exciting development, we are now in conversation with a partner about the possibility of running a project with school children, providing education to those most vulnerable to being affected by someone else’s drinking.
“We are really proud of the direction Drinklink is headed, which couldn’t be possible without our host of volunteers and we are welcoming new recruits all the time! Our board is also strengthening with the newest appointment of Michelle Birch who takes on the role of treasurer. Welcome to the team Michelle. We look forward to having you in the team.”