Local charity Hurt, have received a £500,000 Big Lottery award to deliver a Lifeskills drug and alcohol prevention programme to disengaged young people aged 12-18, throughout the North West.
Sadie O’Reilly, co-ordinator of Hurt (Have your tomorrows), a substance misuse centre based in Derry, said: “Over the next four years we will deliver this training to over 500 young people with a further 245 undertaking accredited programmes facilitated by Hurt.
“The life skills is evidence based substance misuse prevention programme which has had remarkable success in the U.S. where it has been delivered for over 25 years.
“One of the main aims is to reach disengaged young people through contacts in schools and community settings, in addition to availing of the programme young people who complete the programme will be offered the opportunity to engage in some diversionary activities such as bowling, outdoor pursuits, and supervised wall graffiti.”
In October this year Hurt will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since 2002 the charity has provided one-to-one help for over 1700 people of all ages affected by addiction issues, also working with Outreach Centres in Limavady and Strabane.
Hurt provides a one-stop shop for family members and individuals affected by addiction. Clients are offered a Care Plan consisting of complementary therapies, auricular acupuncture and counselling. In the past year alone, it has helped more than 500 clients aged from 12 to 64 years.