Early intervention and prevention services

This section gives information on education and prevention services available across Northern Ireland which address drug and alcohol issues or concerns. These services are available in a number of settings such as in schools, workplaces, community and youth centres and clubs with many providing free drug and/or alcohol focussed awareness-raising advice, materials, sessions or programmes.

Region: BHSCT/BDACT

The BDACT Connections Service (hosted in Belfast area by Extern) acts as the operational arm of the Belfast Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (BDACT); assisting the Team to take forward its priority actions and to work with other stakeholder organisations and partnerships in the area to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol related projects, events and initiatives

Region: SEHSCT/SEDACT

The SEDACT Connections Service (hosted in South Eastern area by ASCERT) acts as the operational arm of the South Eastern Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (SEDACT); assisting the Team to take forward its priority actions and to work with other stakeholder organisations and partnerships in the area to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol related projects, events and initiatives. The Connections workers can be contacted by individuals or groups in the community who have concerns or queries in regards alcohol/ other drug initiatives and services. As well as supporting and developing local campaigns, the Connections service are a source of information and best practice and keep communities up to date on recent trends as well as developing responses to issues. SE Connections also makes links between the community and drug/alcohol sectors and other fields such as family support and mental health, and can signpost inidividuals to the relevant services when required.

Region: NHSCT/NDACT

The NDACT Connections Service (hosted in Northern area by Start 360) acts as the operational arm of the Northern Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (NDACT); assisting the Team to take forward its priority actions and to work with other stakeholder organisations and partnerships in the area to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol related projects, events and initiatives

Region: SHSCT/SDACT

The DACT Connections Service (hosted in Southern area by Start 360) acts as the operational arm of the Southern Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team (SDACT); assisting the Team to take forward its priority actions and to work with other stakeholder organisations and partnerships in the area to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol related projects, events and initiatives

Region: SHSCT/SDACT

NMDAP deliver a range of education and prevention packages to communities, service providers and individuals across the Newry and Mourne area - we also offer a specialised black and minority ethnic drug and alcohol service which covers the whole SHSCT area, and facilitate the work of the Civic Alcohol and Drug Forum in partnership with Newry & Mourne District Council

Region: WHSCT/WDACT

The WDACT Connections Service (hosted in Western area by ASCERT) acts as the operational arm of the Western Drug and Alcohol Cooridnation Team (WDACT); assisting the Team to take forward its priority actions and to work with other stakeholder organisations and partnerships in the area to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol related projects, events and initiatives

Region: BHSCT/BDACT, NHSCT/NDACT, SEHSCT/SEDACT, SHSCT/SDACT, WHSCT/WDACT

Steps to Cope is a structured support service for young people aged 11-18 years old, living in Northern Ireland, who are dealing with Parental Alcohol Misuse.
The Service offers flexible one to one support at a time and place to suit you. Self help support is also available on our website.

We look at:
1. What is living with this like for you
2. Information: Learning more about alcohol and alcohol misuse
3. How do you cope?
4. What supports do you have?
5. Where you can get further support.

We also train other professionals to use the intervention within their own services.

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