The young people who used Facebook to help Derry addicts over 50

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A group of teenagers have graduated from a citizen project after developing a new scheme to help tackle isolation in addicts aged 50 and over.

The young people were part of a group of 160 who took part in the Northern Ireland National Citizen Service.

The Derry team came up with the title - “Tackling addiction with social media”.

While one of the sub-groups was carrying out research they came across a video on YouTube about a group of teens in America showing older people how to use Facebook.

The teens found out that older people in Northern Ireland over the Christmas period could go weeks without proper human interaction. With the help of Addiction NI the team had the idea of linking isolation with addiction especially in the over 50s.

The teens organized themselves to attend workshops organised by Addiction NI to better understand alcoholism and isolation and are now planning a social media evening with a group of older people at St Columb’s Park House. Using iPads, they will assist the participants in setting up or to better understand the workings of Facebook and Twitter, linking them with each other or family members they may have that already use these sites. To find out more about NCS and register interest or sign up, visit