More than 30 young people from the Roe Valley Residents Association area are taking part in a drugs and alcohol awareness project this summer, thanks to funding from Limavady Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
The IPAD project (information provided to raise awareness of drugs and alcohol) was planned and designed after consultations with local residents of all ages, to tackle ongoing issues in the area.
The overall aim of IPAD is to engage young people aged from 12 to 19-years-old from Limavady’s Hospital Estates in a range of workshops and activities to promote safety, combat anti-social behaviour and increase partnership working with PSNI, whilst tackling ongoing issues around the misuse of drugs and alcohol in the area.
One of the project facilitators, Brenda Purcell said: “We have a range of diversionary activities, including health and fitness workshops involving sport throughout July and August, which have been popular so far.
“We have also planned an outing to Crumlin Road Jail, in an attempt to improve young people’s knowledge on law and the consequences of breaking the law.
“Throughout all these workshops and activities the IPAD project has been developed and planned to include several clean ups in local areas, as well as reaching out to Benone Beach and Roe Valley Country Park for clean ups,” she said.
The project also included an overnight residential, which aimed to remove the majority of young people aged 13-19 in the local area during the bonfire construction.
“This project has been vital and welcomed by the local community as it has engaged a large number of young people from the area,” said Brenda.
“Roe Valley Residents Association would like to Thank PCSP for the funding this project.”