Young people and people at risk of substance abuse and addiction in Londonderry are receiving more support thanks to National Lottery funding.
HURT has been awarded £309,623 from Big Lottery Fund for their four-year Seeds of Hope project.
They are supporting people in the Derry and Strabane District Council area at risk of or living with substance abuse and addiction.
The project is offering a Harm Reduction Programme with advice on a range of issues to improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
They are also providing training to local groups who work with people affected by addiction or substance misuse.
The project is offering a treatment programme to people affected by addiction and their families, which includes counselling, group support and complementary therapies.
Dessie Kyle, HURT centre manager, said: “We are extremely thankful to Big Lottery Fund and National Lottery players for investing in this project.
“The four-year project includes education, training and information sessions for community workers as well as a Harm Reduction programme for service users.
“HURT have been working in the North West for the past 17 years, supporting people affected by addiction. With Big Lottery Fund’s support, our project will work with users to reduce the potential harm of their addiction.”
Meanwhile, Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum has also been awarded a National Lottery grant for their Resilient Youth project.
They are supporting young people in the TRIAX area of Londonderry who are at risk of health issues, antisocial behaviour, and unemployment.
They received £499,819 to build on a successful pilot and are working with St Joseph’s Boys’ School and St Cecilia’s College.
The project is training 30 young people to be Health Champions who will use their skills and experiences to provide peer support to pupils in both schools.
The young people will develop skills and goals, build their confidence and improve their health and wellbeing. The project will organise mentoring, workshops on relevant issues, and provide extra support to families who are facing difficult issues.
Aileen McGuinness, Programme Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive the funding from Big Lottery Fund. This will enable the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum to work with almost 3,500 young people and 250 families from St Cecilia’s College and St Joseph’s Boy’s School for five years.
“We aim to shape services for young people, in school and their communities and support families to engage in their local communities.”