Drop-in advice on drugs awareness

DRUGS and alcohol awareness project TIPSA are providing a ‘drop-in’ advice service for Mid Ulster towns.

The drop-ins will run every Monday night from next week until the end of March 2012. There will be one permanent base for drop-ins in Gortalowry House, Cookstown from 7-9pm each Monday. The other drop-ins will take place at the same time but moving from area to area.

The first two weeks (28 November and 5 December) will be based in Ardboe Community Projects, and then will move on to spend a couple of weeks in Castledawson, Glebe, Pomeroy, Maghera and Magherafelt. Venues and dates will be publicised well in advance.

The drop-ins will offer the opportunity to find out more about Hidden Harm related issues and services available at TIPSA. You can learn the truth about topics ranging from alcohol and other drugs through to mental and physical wellbeing.

The drop-in sessions will be informal and confidential, and various activities will be available, dependent on venue. Qualified and professional TIPSA staff will be on hand in each location to deal with queries and refreshments will be available.

A wide range of resources will be at the disposal of anyone who drops in, and people are free to stay for as long or as short a period of time as they want.

TIPSA project co-ordinator Martin McCann said: “We still find many people who want information or help but either don’t know where to go or are unwilling to access services. This is simply bringing a ‘one stop shop’ approach to the heart of communities due to the range of resources that will be available.

“So if someone is having problems with someone else’s alcohol or other drug use and have questions, or simply want to get a better grasp of a situation, then they should keep an eye out for the drop-ins coming to an area near them or go along to Gortalowry House any Monday evening between 7 and 9pm.”