Moyle PCSP respond to concerns about drug and alcohol misuse in Moyle

Moyle PCSP is delighted to host the Hope Centre and the Public Health Agency on Friday 20th July in the council offices from 10am – 1pm.

These professional organisations will be available to meet with anyone with a concern about drug or alcohol misuse and they will share information on the support and services that are available to provide help. Staff from the PCSP will also be there to speak to individuals or groups who have specific concerns about any negative impact drugs or alcohol are having on their community or neighbourhood.

Drugs and Alcohol misuse has a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. Moyle PCSP is aware of the need for appropriate community based support services to be readily available, which can support and enhance the work being done by medical professionals, ensuring that those suffering directly or indirectly from the physical and mental impact of addiction can get the support they need locally. Cllr Cara McShane, Chair of Moyle PCSP said “The Hope centre has an excellent reputation for the support and therapeutic services it provides for those suffering from addiction and for their families, to help address the behaviours and heal the wounds. I hope that from this information day, we can look at having a permanent outreach facility from the Hope Centre in Ballycastle.’

Moyle PCSP is encouraging and supporting the establishment of a regular HOPE support service based in Ballycastle. This will provide help for individuals with addiction problems and support for their family members. This service can only be accommodated when a need has been demonstrated and we would encourage those that could benefit from this service to make themselves known to the HOPE staff at the Information event or by direct contact with the organisation. John Clements, Family Support Worker from Hope advises “You may be an individual worried that you are becoming heavily reliant on drugs or alcohol or maybe you have concerns for a family member, either way please come along to Moyle Council Offices on the 20th and find out how to go about getting the help and support you need”.

There is also a negative social impact to the misuse of drugs and alcohol which contribute to levels of crime or anti social behaviour in communities thus reducing the quality of life for all those affected. The PCSP is keen to provide individuals and groups with access to advice and resources that can allow them to address concern through prevention initiatives such as education, training and diversionary programmes. Staff from the Health improvement Community Support Services can respond to requests for specific training etc with local groups, clubs and organisations. Emma McElhone the Community Support Officer will be available on the 20th to answer your questions and highlight specific training resources available.

The information event on the 20th July is a drop in and everyone is invited to come along any time between 10am and 1pm to find out more general information about drugs and alcohol misuse and/or to speak to the staff there to deal with particular issues or concerns. If you require more information please call Bridgeen Butler, PCSP Manager on 028 2076 2225.