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Taking the Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol Programme.

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust received funding from the Big Lottery under the Impact of Alcohol Programme. Following extensive consultation it was agreed to use this funding to develop four interlinked, outcome focused projects.

A group of voluntary sector organisations both local and regional, with a range of skills, agreed to work in partnership with eachother and the Trust to deliver the vision: “That individuals, families and communities throughout its area will confidently take the initiative to reduce the impact of alcohol misuse.”

There are four projects targeting different age groups and needs within communities.

Contact is the lead project within the Healthy Body,

Health Mind alongside Action Mental Health (AMH) and FASA; this project provides mentoring and counselling for individuals. It also hopes to increase the capacity and capabilities of local community, voluntary and specialist services to recognise, understand and support individuals and families affected by both mental health and alcohol problems. They do this through education and targeted support interventions, particularly through the Training the Trainer for Alcohol Community Champions.

Impact of Alcohol Programme services are FREE and delivered across the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area.

To discuss how this service may help individuals and to develop capacity in a local area, please contact the Impact of Alcohol Project Co–ordinator Anna Murray of Healthy Body, Health Mind, based in Contact HQ Belfast,

on 028 90 744499 or by emailing

Visit the for more information about the other three projects which form part of the Taking the Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol programme within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust Area.

The projects include – Believe in Youth; Relationships and Alcohol Misuse and 55+

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