Young people needed for narcotics awareness group

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Mid-Ulster based alcohol and drugs education project TIPSA are seeking young people to join their panel to help advise and guide the work of co-ordinators.

TIPSA or Teenagers Involved in Protecting Selves around Alcohol aim to provide alcohol and drugs awareness information to teenagers and their parents within the Cookstown and Magherafelt districts.

The project is looking for young people under 25 in the Mid-Ulster area with a wide range of perspectives to sign up to their youth panel. The panel will meet informally usually every two months to discuss the work of TIPSA, the materials and programmes it produces and to ensure the young people can get the service they deserve.

They are hoping that a broad selection of young people will take part, from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

TIPSA project co-ordinator Martin McCann said: “This will be a great chance for anyone, no matter their history, to help shape drugs and alcohol work in their area and we encourage anyone with an interest to get involved.”

It is envisaged that as well as meeting with the workers, a range of activities may 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. All contributions will be welcomed. This will also allow young people to show their individuality and enjoy mature discussions on issues relevant to them and their peers,” Martin said.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved or who wants more information should goto the TIPSA Facebook page, e-mail info@cookstownhelp.com or phone 028 8676 3388.

Applicants who have been chosen will be informed by the middle of September.