Rory is a resource aimed at primary school children. The resource pack is based on the Rory storybook which tells the story of a dog who can’t understand why his owner is acting a certain way, until it’s explained to him that his owner drinks too much alcohol.
Rory can help children understand the feelings they might experience when living with someone who has an alcohol problem and encourages children to speak to a trusted adult.”
For children who are not affected, Rory aims to help children develop empathy for those who are, and they will be able to use the life skills they learn in lots of other ways.
Adults reading the book can also gain a better understanding of the impact of parental alcohol problems from a child’s point of view.
The Rory learning resource can be used by anyone who is in a position to raise awareness and respond to issues of parental alcohol problems such as teachers or statutory and voluntary support agencies. Alcohol Focus Scotland provides training to support those using the resource.
Following a very positive independent evaluation of Rory in 2012, the Rory resources have been updated to provide a range of interactive and age appropriate materials for use with children aged 5 to 11 years.
Rory can be used by anyone who is in a position to raise awareness and respond to issues of parental alcohol problems such as teachers or statutory and voluntary support agencies. Alcohol Focus Scotland recommends practitioners looking to use Rory should undertake training in advance of using the resource.