Help for young homeless

Pictured at the launch of a First Housing drug and alcohol awareness programme, from left; Martin Connolly, Divert, Sandra Duffy, First Housing, one of the Jefferson Court residents, and Jackie Colhoun, manager Jefferson Court. (0103MM15)
Pictured at the launch of a First Housing drug and alcohol awareness programme, from left; Martin Connolly, Divert, Sandra Duffy, First Housing, one of the Jefferson Court residents, and Jackie Colhoun, manager Jefferson Court. (0103MM15)

A new drug and alcohol information project for homeless young people has been launched in the city.

The project, which is being co-ordinated by First Housing in association with Divert, was launched in Jefferson Court at the weekend.

Sandra Duffy from First Housing said the aim of the project is to ensure that young people have proper information about drug and alcohol use.

Mrs Duffy said that First Housing work with young people aged between 16 and 25 years-old who are in housing difficulty.

“We have set up a partnership with Divert to deliver drug and alcohol awareness programmed to young people to allow them to make informed choices.

“Our initial session was held last week and we had Martin Connolly from Divert talking to the young people and making them aware of the consequences of drug abuse. He also distributed kits which allow young people to test drinks to make sure they have not been spiked,” she explained.

The community worker also said she now intends to build the scheme into an eight-week programme. “A lot of the young people we deal with have experience of drug and alcohol use, ranging from experimentation to the stage where they have required help. It is important that they have information about the use of drugs and alcohol to allow them to make informed choices and keep safe. We hope to roll out this programme over the next eight weeks and involve as many young people as possible.”