An open invitation has been issued to young people and parents across Derry to attend an information and events evening at Time2Choose in Creggan on Wednesday.
The evening will be held at Time2Choose’s premises at Rath Mor Business Park from 7pm to 9pm, and is open to young people aged 14 and over and parents or guardians.
At the event there will be a wide variety of easily accessible information about drugs, alcohol, sexual health and the wide range of services that can be accessed at Time2Choose.
Those attending can meet and chat with staff and counsellors and explore services such as youth support, counselling, benefits advice and assistance, restorative practices, dispute resolution, housing support and holistic therapies.
There will be demonstrations of the facilities on offer for young people to use at Time2Choose, as well as X-Box Tournament and a Pool Tournament, and Mind Craft Workshops in skills such as glass etching.
There will also be a Drugs Information Display.
Hotdogs and beverages will be provided.
Lisa Marie McDaid from Time2Choose said they wanted to make more young people and parents and guardians aware of the facilities on offer, while also helping them access information, help, support and advice.
“This is a space for young people and we want to get everybody up so they can have a look around here, come in and see how we work. It’s about giving people the chance to find out more about Time2Choose, and hopefully there will be a good buzz about the place.”
Time2Choose will also garner interest in separate youth and adult classes on issues such as drug education and sexual health information.
“When you take something as important as drugs or alcohol or sexual health, you need to get the information from the right people,” Lisa Marie said. “There’s so much information online but so much of that is unreliable.”
She also said that assisting young people and their families with welfare issues affecting them was vital in light of the recent difficulties people are facing with accessing their benefits.