Cross-border links have been fostered between a project in Derry that helps those dealing with alcoholism and a Termon based respite centre. The partnership between the Foyle Haven Project in Derry and De Exeter House in Termon was formed last year.
Foyle Haven in Derry offers a day service and floating support service for people with acute addiction issues who are experiencing homelessness or are living in the community and need support to maintain their home.
Founded almost three years ago by Angela Maguire, De Exeter House is a residential respite and rehabilitation for stress, addiction, dual diagnosis and a wide range of mental health issues.
Angela said the Termon facility was delighted to partner the Derry group and has already hosted people referred from the charity who have demonstrated a strong willingness to address their alcohol addiction.
“One of the initiatives we undertook in 2014 was that we partnered the Foyle Haven Project in Derry. We have made a number of residential places available to clients using their services and who have shown both commitment and consistency in their endeavour to continue their alcohol free lifestyle and who would benefit from support on a personal development programme. We also extended our education services and have provided custom staff training programmes,” she explained.
One of those who have availed of the opportunity to visit the purpose built service in Termon claimed the visit had a positive impact on his recovery.
Angela says they are also looking to foster stronger links closer to home by teaming up with local initiatives and community groups.
“As we look forward to 2015, we are excited about our work in the coming year, which includes further development in our research work, more partnering with local community initiatives and the rolling out of our model of health support for employees,” she added.
They are currently pioneering a programme with the HSE to provided support for those dealing with the demands of working as a carer.
They initially worked on a pilot project with the HSE to evaluate the needs and care of 135 carers and have now been granted funding to further develop the programme due to the positive results gleaned from the pilot programme.
We’re delighted to have received acknowledgment and recognition financially and professionally for our dedication to providing a unique service to a very worthy client group,” she added