Young people needed to shape alcohol abuse awareness

Young people in Mid Ulster are needed to help with a local drugs and alcohol awareness project.

Mid-Ulster based alcohol and other drugs education project TIPSA is setting up a youth panel to advise and guide the work of the co-ordinators. The panel is open to all young people under 25 in the Mid-Ulster area and a wide range of opinions are welcome.

The panel will meet informally every two months or so to discuss the work of TIPSA, the materials and programmes it produces and to simply ensure the young people can get the service they deserve.

Teenagers Involved in Protecting Selves around Alcohol (TIPSA) project co-ordinator, Martin McCann said: “This will be a great chance for anyone to help shape drugs and alcohol work in their area and we encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.”

A range of activities may also be laid on for those who get involved with the panel. Each meeting will be held in a comfortable local venue, with refreshments provided and an atmosphere of honesty.

“We feel every opinion is valid and we know young people hate being treated as a crowd who all think and act the same. This will also allow young people to show their individuality and enjoy mature discussions on issues relevant to them and their peers,” Martin added.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved or who wants more information can find out more on the TIPSA Facebook pages, e-mail info@cookstownhelp.com or phone 028 8676 3388. Those young people who have been chosen will be informed by the middle of September.