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Connections North

CONNECTIONS is Start360’s Community Alcohol and Drugs Information and Networking Service

Area Antrim, Ballyclare, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Glengormley, Larne, Magherafelt, Newtownabbey
Age Range10 - 1212 - 1414 -1616 - 1818 - 2125 Plus22-25
Concern Category Drugs and/or alcohol

About the Programme

The Connections service works to develop and deliver drug and/or alcohol-related projects, events and initiatives whilst working closely with local community groups and forums, service user representatives and/or networks and with drug and alcohol service providers to ensure that the DACT is made aware of any emerging trends, issues of concern and gaps or pressures in service delivery.

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Connections will: 

  • Support existing and develop new initiatives that address alcohol and drug related harm in urban and rural areas, including inter-agency/cross partnership working with relevant partners, including Policing and Community Safety Partnerships 
  • Ensure that the Drug and Alcohol Monitoring Information System (DAMIS) is promoted and supported and that the Local Drugs and Alcohol and Community Incident Protocol1 is operated effectively when required. 
  • Advocate and promote adherence to existing legislation concerning regulation 
  • Build capacity for those working and volunteering in the community sector to ensure that they have access to relevant information/resources on alcohol and drugs and that they can then provide information, support and signposting to those affected by substance misuse in their communities Use local media and social media, along with PHA, service provider and partner websites to raise awareness of local alcohol and drug services, issues or concerns 
  • Participate in the roll out of regional initiatives/pieces of work with the other local Community Alcohol and Drugs Information and Networking Services. 
  • Build on, or establish, links with existing local and community infrastructures.

Contact Details

Ballymena - 028 2568 9306

Service Email   connections@ndact.info

Funder - Public Health Agency

Contact Information

First Floor,
7-9 Wellington St,
Ballymena
BT43 6AB
T 028 2568 9306

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