Drug and alcohol services going strong in the West


The Public Health Agency commissions a range of comprehensive drug and alcohol support services for children, young people, and their families, in the Western Trust area.

These therapeutic services are delivered by Start360 and ASCERT.

DAISY, the ‘Drug and Alcohol Intervention Service for Youth’ operates across the Western Trust area, working with children and young people up to age 25, who are misusing drugs and alcohol and need support to reduce harm.

Our local staff in both Start360 (formerly Opportunity Youth) and ASCERT have been providing youth treatment services in the Western Trust for over eight years now, working across the whole Trust area. Between us we have offices in Derry/Londonderry city centre, Omagh town centre and Enniskillen town centre. Working in partnership with a wide range of agencies, we can meet children, young people and families in venues convenient for them.

VOICES (helping children and young people cope with hidden harm) has been in place since July 2015, for children and young people who are impacted by parental or other adult substance misuse. We are delighted to have been able to transfer local staff into this new service from our own and other agencies, such as DIVERT.

Both DAISY and VOICES work with the whole family, offering a range of support both individually and in groups.  

Marie Wright from Start360 said, ‘We are delighted that we are able, with the support of the PHA, to continue supporting children and young people with substance misuse issues, whether they are misusing themselves or have been negatively impacted by their parent’s use. These are vital services and we have locally based, highly professional practitioners available to provide these. For a VOICES referral, email’.

Chris McMahon from ASCERT said, ‘It’s very easy to make a referral for a young person into DAISY from anywhere in the Western Trust.  You can call any of our offices and we can guide you through the process. Or just complete our online referral forms and email them to Our local staff are always happy to help and feel free to call for guidance on the best way to support any young person’.

Cathy Mullan from the Public Health Agency said, ‘The Public Health Agency recognises that young people and families can be negatively affected by alcohol and drugs. The Agency believes that there are effective services that can really make a difference to young people. The DAISY and VOICES services are a key part of the provision we put in place in the West to provide advice, treatment and support in a safe and friendly environment.  It is our intention that those who seek help will be supported to overcome any challenges caused by alcohol and drugs so they can live full and active lives’.


To find out how to access all services, visit our websites:

or drop in to Start360’s new office in Derry/Londonderry.

Official opening Friday 3rd June 10.00- 2.00 at 2 Castle Street, just off Shipquay Street.