Photography contest deadline is extended

A CHILDREN 1ST service, Fraserburgh Families, is holding a photography competition, financially supported by the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.

The competition is open to anyone in the Shire who has a personal experience of alcohol or drug issues. The theme of the competition is Brighter Futures and there are entry categories for those aged under and over 18.

The photographs will be judged by a panel of professionals including businessman Charles Skene OBE, Royal photographer Donald Stewart, and lead officer for the Aberdeenshire Alcohol Drugs Partnership Wayne Gault.

The closing date for entries has been extended to February 8 and an award ceremony will be held on February 16 where prizes will be issued, including a digital camera for the top prize.

Martina Hickey-Laing, Service Manager at the Fraserburgh centre, said: “Our service users were offered the opportunity to complete a course in digital photography where the Banff and Buchan College tutor came to the project in August 2011. They had such a positive experience that we wanted to explore using photography further.

“The participants held an exhibition of their work last year and are now managing the competition which is open to the people of Aberdeenshire.”

The Fraserburgh Families service helps young children under five whose families are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse. The staff build relationships with adult family members offering direct support to parents at times of need, giving them practical help in caring for their children in the most safe and nurturing way they can.

As well as spending quality time with their children, it also supports parents to re-engage with local community groups.

The service works alongside the Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to raise awareness of drug and alcohol use and its impact on parenting.

Further information and an application form can be found at www.children1st.org.uk. Entries should be posted to Martina Hickey-Laing, 15 Frithside St, Fraserburgh, AB43 9AR.