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Walk-in Service and the holidays

This is just to confirm that there will be no Walk-in service this Monday 14th July-they will return on August 11th. The TIPSA office is technically closed all next week but staff will be checking e-mails, Facebook and Twitter and will be calling in to check voicemails during this period so if you need to get in touch, the usual methods are available to you. If you are in crisis the Lifeline number is 0808 808 8000.

archived 11th August 2014

The TIPSA office will close at 5pm on Friday 20th December, officially reopening again on Monday 6th January. However  while staff will call into the office occasionally to check the answering machine, TIPSA e-mails, Facebook and Twitter will be monitored more regularly over this period and will be the best way to contact us. If you are in crisis please use the Lifeline number 0808 808 8000 which will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including Christmas Day.

With that, we would like to wish all our service users (groups and individuals), volunteers, supporters and management committee a peaceful and happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year. 2014 will mark some big changes in the project and we appreciate the guidance and support we have received up until now.

 

Christmas 2013

archived 6th Feb 2014

TIPSA is 10!

TIPSA is 10 years old and to mark this, we are having a celebration event on Friday 7th June, in Gortalowry House. Everyone is welcome to come along anytime bewteen 10:30 and 12:20 for a few snacks and a chat to see how we have developed as a project over the past decade. We have come a long way since 2003, and more changes are coming, so help us celebrate our achievements next Friday.

10th Birthday flyer

archived 10th June 2013

 

 

 

 

TIPSA Annual General Meeting

TIPSA's 2013 Annual General Meeting will take place in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown (click link for location) on Thursday 14th March starting at 11am. Elections to the management committee will take place-anyone who wishes to put themselves or someone else forward (with their permission!) for a place please contact the TIPSA office in advance. Lunch will be served directly afterwards. Please forward your intention to attend or apologies via e-mail here.

 

AGM report cover 2013

archived 23rd April 2013

TIPSA and Magherafelt PCSP Alcohol in the Community Conference

TIPSA is working closely with Magherafelt Policing and Community Safety Partnership to organise a conference on alcohol and its impact on communities and individuals, to take place on Tuesday 19th March at 6:45pm, in Magherafelt Council Offices. As well as speakers from TIPSA and the PSNI, Conor McCaffery from Zest will also be giving a presentation on how alcohol works. There will be information stands from a range of local agencies and food will be served at the start of the night. This event is open to everyone and is free of charge.

archived 23rd April 2013

 

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TIPSA Drop-ins Starting Again in January

The TIPSA drop-ins, funded under the Public Health Agency's Small Grants for Hidden Harm banner, will be up and runing again, starting on Monday 7th January, 2013. This will be the fourth year these have been running, and soe changes have been made, based on last years series.

They will take place every Monday night, with the exception of 18th March, until the 1st April 2012 in the Mid-Ulster area. There will be two drop-ins each night, from 7pm until 9pm and will be manned by TIPSA staff and volunteers.

 

For the whole duration there will be a drop-in each Monday in Gortalowry House, Cookstown. This will be a permanent venue for the whole of the course of drop-ins.

See a video we made about the drop-ins on our You Tube channel.

There will also be a series of mobile drop-ins through Mid-Ulster at the same time each Monday night. These are:

Jan 7th and 14th St Lurach's Church Hall, Maghera (note this is an old image on Google street view, taken before the renonvations)

*****Jan 21st and 28th Rowan Tree Centre in Pomeroy NOTE CHANGE IN VENUE*****

Feb 4th and 11th Minibus in Stewartstown Car Park

Feb 18th and 25th Minibus in Leckagh, Magherafelt

Mar 4th and 11th Minibus in Dunnamore

Mar 25th  Minibus in carpark of Ardboe Hall

 

******UPDATE-New Drop-in Added - Thursday 14th March 8:30pm-9:15pm Meadowbank Sports Arena car park*******

PLEASE NOTE- VENUES MAY CHANGE-KEEP CHECKING HERE FOR UPDATES

The drop-ins are open to anyone- adults and young people- who may want to know more about accessing information on alcohol and other drugs, mental wellbeing, sexual health and other issues. There will be qualified and experienced staff on hand to chat to, pick up leaflets from and get some other resources from as well.

Refreshments will be available in the form of tea, coffee and soup, and there will be a relaxed and easy going atmosphere.

Click on the leaflet pics below to read more, and if you think you know anyone who would benefit from using the service do tell them about it. We also have leaflets available if you wish to help distribute them.

Drop Ins 2013 front      Drop Ins 2013 details    Drop Ins 2013  Drop Ins 2013

This version archived 23rd April 2013

TIPSA Drop-ins Starting Again in January

The TIPSA drop-ins, funded under the Public Health Agency's Small Grants for Hidden Harm banner, will be up and runing again, starting on Monday 7th January, 2013. This will be the fourth year these have been running, and soe changes have been made, based on last years series.

They will take place every Monday night, with the exception of 18th March, until the 1st April 2012 in the Mid-Ulster area. There will be two drop-ins each night, from 7pm until 9pm and will be manned by TIPSA staff and volunteers.

 

For the whole duration there will be a drop-in each Monday in Gortalowry House, Cookstown. This will be a permanent venue for the whole of the course of drop-ins.

See a video we made about the drop-ins on our You Tube channel.

There will also be a series of mobile drop-ins through Mid-Ulster at the same time each Monday night. These are:

Jan 7th and 14th St Lurach's Church Hall, Maghera (note this is an old image on Google street view, taken before the renonvations)

Jan 21st and 28th Minibus in Pomeroy

Feb 4th and 11th Minibus in Stewartstown Car Park

Feb 18th and 25th Minibus in Leckagh, Magherafelt

Mar 4th and 11th Minibus in Dunnamore

Mar 25th and April 1st Minibus in carpark of Ardboe Hall

PLEASE NOTE- VENUES MAY CHANGE-KEEP CHECKING HERE FOR UPDATES

The drop-ins are open to anyone- adults and young people- who may want to know more about accessing information on alcohol and other drugs, mental wellbeing, sexual health and other issues. There will be qualified and experienced staff on hand to chat to, pick up leaflets from and get some other resources from as well.

Refreshments will be available in the form of tea, coffee and soup, and there will be a relaxed and easy going atmosphere.

Click on the leaflet pics below to read more, and if you think you know anyone who would benefit from using the service do tell them about it. We also have leaflets available if you wish to help distribute them.

Drop Ins 2013 front      Drop Ins 2013 details    Drop Ins 2013  Drop Ins 2013

                     This version archived 18/01/2013-changes made to venues in further versions  

Lap The Lough 2012

After a few months of training, Martin made it around the Lap The Lough course of 86 miles on the 26th August, flying the flag for TIPSA. With Eugene doing a great job as directeur sportif and soigneur, Martin made it around in just over 6 hours, including waterstops along the way. In what was a well organised and supported event, Martin was one of around 2000 cyclists to take part and dressed in TIPSA cycling jersey and bibshorts, would have been hard to miss as he skirted the loughshore.

Marty and Eugene at the start in Peatlands Park Martin and Eugene at the start in Peatlands

Ballyronan water stop At Ballyronan Marina waterstop- 66 miles in

End of Lap The Lough Route At the finish, again in Peatlands Park

For more pictures visit our Facebook page. and there is a short snippet of video on our Youtube channel.

 

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TIPSA OCN Level 2 Drugs and Alcohol course-Dec 1st, 8th, 15th 2012

UPDATE- This course is now fully booked- however we are drawing up a reserve list so if you are still interested let us know so we can contact you if anyone withdraws.

As part of funding recieved under the Hidden Harm initiative from the Public Health Agency, we are running an OCN level 2 drugs and alcohol awareness course that is open to inidividuals who live, work or go to school in the Mid-Ulster area (ie within Cookstown and Magherafelt District Council areas). This course will take place over three Saturdays in December  (1st, 8th and 15th) from 10am to 3pm and will be FREE to participants.

We had 10 places although some of those are already filled- if more than 10 express an interest we will draw up a reserve list. To this end we will only provide details of the venue to those who register with us. However the venue is in the Mid-Ulster area and easily accessed from any part of Coosktown and Magehrafelt districts. It is a very good opportunity to learn more about alcohol and other drugs while picking up a recognised qualification.

Those who sign up to take part and gain the qualification have to commit to attending 2 of the Monday night drop-ins between January and March as a volunteer. This will provide good experience to back up what you will come across during the course and again the drop-ins will take place in different parts of Mid-Ulster so hopefully transport should not be too much of an issue. As well as Cookstown and Magherafelt we will be in some of the more rural areas in both districts.

We know that many people are interested in this sort of course but are put off- perhaps maybe having had bad experiences in school or other education in the past, but this OCN is arranged so that even the least academic among us will get through it without feeling embarrassed or under pressure.

 If you are interested send us an e-mail or leave us a message on our Facebook page and we will get back in touch with you.

TIPSA OCN Course Mid-Ulster 1st, 8th, 15th Dec 2012

UPDATE- This course is now fully booked- however we are drawing up a reserve list so if you are still interested let us know so we can contact you if anyone withdraws

archived 19th Dec 2012

TIPSA Quiz Nights

TIPSA is running a series of quizzes alongside a number of our local partners to help them fundraise and to raise the profile of the work we all do. We will be running one in the Royal Hotel Cookstown for Positive Steps Community Centre, Cookstown District Womens Group and Children in Need on Wednesday 24th October starting at 7:30pm.

There will be another quiz organised for Woodlands Beacon Centre and New Haven on Friday 26th October at 7:30pm taking place in Killymoon Golf Club.

There will be prizes for the winning teams as well as other opportunities to win. Come along and have a bit of fun while impressing everyone with your general knowledge! We look forward to seeing you all there.

archived 19th Dec 2012

Special Management Meeting

There will be a Special Management Meeting taking place on the 22nd November in Gortalowry House at 10:30am to ratify changes to the TIPSA consititution and other policies and procedures in relation to the process of attaining charitable status. All committee members are asked to try and attend. If unable to be there, please ensure you have read through the changes and submit your views in advance. All members should receive the paperwork via e-mail. Hard copies are available on request.

archived 19th Dec 2012

 

 

TIPSA Youth Panel Meeting

The first meeting of the new TIPSA Youth Panel will take place on Monday 12th November at 7pm in Gortalowry House, Cookstown. All of those who have expressed an interest in being involved should have been contacted by e-mail or phone. It will start at 7pm and will be a laid back, informal get together to discuss what the panel is, and what it can do.

We are aware that some members may not be able to make this meeting, so will be organising another one before Christmas in the Magherafelt area, so if you want to be involved and can't make the 12th Nov then let us know.

We have a few spaces left so if you are interested then get in touch via e-mail, phone (028 8676 3388) Facebook or Twitter .

You can also bring along any friends who may be interested in helping us do our work with young people.

Refreshments will be available on the night- we look forward to see you there-for more information on the youth panel click on the Volunteering link.

archived 16th Nov 2012

 

 

Lap The Lough 2012

Marty will be taking part in the Lap The Lough sportive on August 26th to raise awareness of TIPSA and the work we do. As you can see from the picture below he is now fully kitted out in TIPSA jersey and bibshorts, so should be easy to spot on the road. More details about fundraising etc will be released soon, but keep an eye out both on the day of the event and in the weeks running up to it as his training steps up a gear (no pun intended!) More details on Lap The Lough can be found here.

Marty modelling the new TIPSA cycling kit

 

archived 31st August 2012

 

Stewartstown Information Event -May 30th 2012

TIPSA is running a community information event in Stewartstown on the 30th May. It will take place in the Crieve Centre, starting at 8pm and will provide a concise summary of the issues in relation to alcohol and other drugs within communities. More information will be available closer to the time, but we invite all individuals in Stewartstown and surrounding areas to come along and find out more about topics that people often find scary and confusing.

There will be no charge and TIPSA staff will be on hand to answer any of your queries.

For more info, contact us via e-mail, phone 028 8676 3388 or call into the office.

Stewartstown 30th May

 

archived 18th July 2012

 

 

Monday Drop-in for 20th Feb until 26th March- Gortalowry House (map) and Good Morning Project, Rainey Centre, Magherafelt (map) 7-9p

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO DROP-INS ON THE 19TH MARCH

 

The mobile drop-ins have now finished for a while, but you can still make use of the static ones if you can get along to Gortalowry House or the Good Morning Project offices in the Rainey Centre, Magherafelt on a Monday evening- see below for pics of where we have been since November:

 

   Ardboe  Castledawson     Glebe       An Carn           St Lurach's  

 Ardboe Com.Projects   Castledawson          Glebeside               An Carn                      St Lurach's

 Pomeroy  Rainey Centre

      Pomeroy               Rainey Centre

For more information on the drop-ins read below:

 

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Monday Drop-ins

Under the Hidden Harm initiative, TIPSA are running a series of drop-ins on Monday nights between Nov 2011 until the end of March 2012.

 

These are informal set-ups, where people who maybe don't use other services, or just want a bit of information and a chat can call in and stay for as long or as short a time as they want.

 

Each Monday night, with the exception of bank and public holidays, there will be a drop-in in Gortalowry House, Cookstown from 7pm until 9pm. There will eb a wide range of information- not just drugs and alcohol, but resources for mental and physical well being, sexual health and an other issues you can think off- it is sort of a one-stop shop for info and services.

While the drop-ins continue in Gortalowry House, at the same time, another will be operating on a mobile basis, spending two weeks in a number of locations and then settling down for the last 6 weeks in Magherafelt- in this way there will always be somewhere for people to go if they need help.

 

For a list of the other venues and dates click here or on the third image below.

Front page TIPSA drop in leaflet TIPSA drop in leaflet inside right page TIPSA drop in leaflet back page

Please note these may be subject to change, so keep an eye on this page, on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for the most up to date info.

archived 2nd April 2012

TIPSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The 2012 AGM will take place on Thursday 29th of March in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown - click here for map. It will start at 10:30am and will wrap up with lunch at around 12. Everyone is invited and we encourage anyone who is interested in the work we do to consider becoming part of the management committee. We want a wide range of representation from all areas and backgrounds and are particularly keen to encourage more individuals from the communities we serve to come on board. Contact us before hand to confirm your attendance and  if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a position on our committee.

AGM Invite 2012

Click on image above for larger version

archived 2nd April 2012

 

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Cookstown Family Fun Day- 25th Feb 2012

TIPSA will be one of the stands at a fun day organised in Cookstown Leisure Centre on Sat 25th February. We were there last year and it was very busy, with lots going on and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. See the poster for more info.

 

Cookstown Council Fun Day

archived 13th March 2012

Monday Drop-in for 6th and 13th Feb- Gortalowry House (map) and Rowan Tree Centre, Pomeroy (map) 7-9pm

archived 22nd  Feb 2012

Monday Drop-in for 30th Jan- Gortalowry House (map) and St Lurach's Maghera (map) 7-9pm

archived 1st Feb 2012

 

Monday Drop-in for 23rd Jan- Gortalowry House (map) and An Carn, Maghera (map) 7-9pm

archived 24th Jan 2012

 

Monday Drop-in for 16th Jan- Gortalowry House (map) and Magherafelt Methodist Church Hall, Church Street, Magherafelt (near Terrace Hotel) 7-9pm (map)

archived 19th Jan 2012

Christmas

The staff and management committee wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and best wishes for 2012. The TIPSA answering machine will be monitored regularly over the Christmas break, and e-mails, Facebook messages and Tweets will be checked daily. The office will be up to full steam agian on the 9th Jan-if you require assistance before then, there are a range of useful links on our homepage and the Lifeline number 0808 808 8000 provides a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week service.

archived 13th Jan 2012

 

TIPSA Christmas Card

End of Year Clear Out

We are clearing the office at the minute and have come across a few iPod Nanos that were for a competition ealrier in the year but due to lack of entries was postponed. To clear a bit of space in Marty's desk, we are now running a quick competion through our fanpage on Facebook. Simply go here and find the competition post, click "Like" on it  before 3pm on Thursday 23rd Dec and we will draw  the names of all those who have "liked" the post out of the proverbial hat!

archived 13th Jan 2012

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The Saturday Drop-Ins are back!

 Following last year's successful experiment (click for photos), TIPSA has again been asked under the Hidden Harm Initiative to provide another series of drop-ins.

From the 22nd January, the TIPSA office in Gortalowry House will be the venue for the first five drop ins, where, as ever, DJ equipment, a Wii, DVD player etc will be available for anyone to call in  anytime between 10am and 1pm. The opportunity will also be there to pick up information or have a chat with experienced professionals, and it is hoped again that a number of other organisations will have a presence at the events as well.  

Cookstown dates are- 22nd Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 19th Feb (10am- 1pm each day)

Then, from the 22nd February, the drop-ins shift to Magherafelt, where we will be using the NEELB's impressive new Youth Centre to offer the same opportunities. These are no pressure events, with the emphasis simply on providing anyone who wants to with the chance to call in, maybe pick up a new skill or simply just hang out for a bit.

Magherafelt dates are 26th Feb, 5th Mar, 12th Mar, 19th Mar, 26th Mar (again 10am-1pm)

Most people last year continued to return week after week so they must have been getting something out of the drop-ins- if you want to find out more phone us or send us an  e-mail or keep an eye out for the leaflets that will be distributed throughout Mid-Ulster.

By the way, a special hello to those of you who have landed on this page after clicking on our Facebook advert! Fell free to check out the rest of the site especially the home page. Why not "Like" our fan page while you are at it?

TIPSA Drop-Ins Leaflet  Click on the image to see the dates and locations of the drop-ins


Postponed Level 3 Train the Trainer Course Rearranged

 TIPSA and CRUN have moved the start of the 12 week Level 3 Train the Trainer course due to begin in the new year until the 28th January. While this course does require a great deal of commitment and time it is a very worthwhile qualification to obtain so we would encourage anyone who is interested to contact us or CRUN for more details. The course will be held in Gortalowry House, Cookstown and will take place on a Friday from 9:30am-4:30pm.


Information Night in Draperstown

Following a postponement, the two information events designed, researched and delivered by the young people of the Cornstore Youth Club in Draperstown were finally run on the 14th Dec. The first of these events was targeted at young people and there was a healthy turnout from a very attentive audience. An hour later the adults gathered to take part in the second event of the evening, and judging by comments afterwards, they were very impressed by the hard work that the President's Award group had put in.

The BBC were there to capture the proceeedings and also carry out interviews with many of the participants, and this should hopefully appear on the Newsline programme early in the week beginning the 20th Dec, as well as going onto the website and the radio. TIPSA and the Cornstore would like to thank district journalist Louise Cullen for coming along.

There will be one final evaluation session taking place where the young people will share their learning and opinions next Tuesday night, and there have been suggestions that they may get more opportunities to deliver their presentations to their peers. This is a good indication of the hard work and commitment exhibited by the group, and TIPSA is very glad to have been a part of


POSTPONED UNTIL JAN 2011 -TIPSA and Holy Trinity  Information Night for Parents and Carers 

The information event that was being run in conjunction with Holy Trinity College and Primary School, due to take place on the 15th December has been postponed until after Christmas. Due to weather issues a number of preparations could not take place so it was decided that the wisest move would be to hold it after Christmas. The new date will be announced as soon as possible- apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience

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Thank U to the CU!

TIPSA has received a very welcome donation from Chapter 2 of the Credit Union. This was the result of a fundraising raffle that took place during a quiz hosted by TIPSA for the Credit Union branches who make up that chapter. The money was presented by Deirdre Mayo, and was gratefully received by the project, who have already planned how the money will be used to support alcohol and other drugs education and prevention work in the local community.

Deirdre Mayo (Ardboe Credit Union) presents Eugene and Martin with a donation

 

 

Level 3 Train the Trainer Course Postponed

Due to low numbers so far registering, TIPSA and CRUN have decided to move the start of the 12 week Level 3 Train the Trainer course due to begin in the new year until the 28th January. While this course does require a great deal of commitment and time it is a very worthwhile qualification to obtain so we would encourage anyone who is interested to contact us or CRUN for more details. The course will be held in Gortalowry House, Cookstown and will take place on a Friday from 9:30am-4:30pm.

Archived 20th Jan 2011


 

Drop-In Launch Event

To launch this year's drop-in initiative (see below), TIPSA has organised a launch event to take place in Gortalowry House on Wednesday 19th January between 10:30am and 1pm. Anyone interested in finding out more can call in any time between those hours, grab a cup of tea and a snack and get all your questions answered in relation to the service. 

This will be especially useful for those who work with young people who may may able to encourage them to come along- the emphasis is on ensuring any young person who needs help is aware of the help that exists out there and how best to access it. 

Other workers are also encouraged to avail of the opportunity to come along to the actual drop-in's to highlight their own work- this worked well last time around.

 

If you can make the launch anytime on the 19th please let us know as soon as possible.

Archived 20th Jan 2011


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Christmas Holidays

The TIPSA office will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 23rd December and will reopen on the 4th January. We wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2011.

If you have any issues over this period please make use of the services highlighted on our homepage. We will also be checking the e-mails over the festive period so if you are not in crisis feel free to e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Finally we would like to leave you with this clever little message.

 

Have a great, enjoyable and safe Christmas.

 

Archived 10th Jan 2011


Information Night in Draperstown

(Please note the change of time and date for the young peoples event)

For over twelve weeks TIPSA has been supporting a group of young people from the Cornstore Youth Club, Draperstown as they designed, researched, publicised and are now preparing to deliver two information sessions.

The first of these events will be held in the Cornstore Youth Club on Tuesday the 14th December, starting at 6:30pm. This is for young people between 11 and 17, and admission is free. Refreshments will be provided so come along and support your friends.

The second session will be for adults and that will also  happen on  Tuesday, the 14th December, again starting at 7:30pm. All adults are invited, including parents/ carers, grandparents, sports coaches, youth and community workers or those with an interest in the issues. Again all delivery will be performed by the young people and refreshments with a festive twist will be provided

This group have worked very hard and should be rightly proud of the effort they have put in so far. So come along and give them some support, while learning about a range of topics that impact on us all.

A poster has been produced and distributed by the young people to publicise the events and is available by clicking here.

For more information contact TIPSA

  The publicity team at work

Some of the preparation that has been happening to get ready for the 7th and 14th December.

Thanks to Miss Magee, Lucy and St Colm's High School for their support and efforts.

Archived 15th Dec 2010


 

(NOTE CHANGE IN DATE & VENUE) -TIPSA and Holy Trinity  Information Night for Parents and Carers 

TIPSA are running an information night for parents, carers and other individuals who are interested in knowing more about how to talk to young people and children about alcohol and drugs

There is a lot of confusing information in the media at the minute, much of it wrong, in relation to drugs including the so-called “legal highs” that have left many people worried and unsure. TIPSA wants to provide you with the opportunity to learn more, portray an accurate picture of what is going on and how to deal the issues if they come up.

In order to do this, TIPSA is running an information night in Cookstown Parish Centre on Wednesday 15th December, running from 7– 9pm . The TIPSA workers will deliver a presentation that looks at the issues around young people and drugs and how best to prevent problems developing, or if they do, how to deal with them effectively.

There will also be information leaflets and the chance to chat informally to the workers who are very experienced tackling these issues, having worked in the Cookstown are since 2003, and also having been asked to deliver training on these topics to social and health professionals throughout the North.

Refreshments will be provided and the event will be run on an informal basis ensuring no one will be made uncomfortable. It is important to arm yourself with the facts and the confidence to be able to discuss these issues with your children and maybe even their friends, since we never know when of from whom questions are going to arise.

There will be no cost to anyone attending these events, and we also would like to emphasise that this event is only suitable for adults- whether parents or not. Young people will have access to the services TIPSA provide but in another format more at keeping with their ages and knowledge levels delivered in a more suitable manner.

TIPSA and Holy Trinity College and Primary School look forward to welcoming you on the 15th December for what will be an interesting and useful snapshot of what is really going on in relation to substance misuse in the area.  

Archived 13th Dec 2010


 

Cathy and Nicola (Niamh Louise Foundation) with Marty at a recent fun day in Ardboe, where the quiz took place on the 16th Sept.

Archived 21st Sep 2010


 

NRG-1 to become Class B Substance

Naphyrone - often advertised as 'NRG1' - and its related compounds are to be banned and made Class B drugs, Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire has announced .

This follows recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

 The UK government has put down a parliamentary order and legislation will  follow at the earliest opportunity. This will include a generic definition to prevent drug manufacturers tweaking the chemical structure in an attempt to get around the law.

Naphyrone and related compounds commonly known as NRG-1 are often sold labelled as '100 per cent legal’ or as 'plant food'. The ACMD published a report on 7 July 2010, that showed  naphyrone has considerable potential for misuse and accidental overdose. The likely harms include adverse effects on the heart and blood vessels, hyperthermia, dependence and psychiatric effects.

The ACMD report also highlighted research that found that in many cases substances sold as NRG1 actually contained mephedrone as TIPSA has already highlighted, meaning that it is already illegal to possess, whether or not the individual in possession is aware of its real contents or not.

Archived 25th July 2010


 

TIPSA April 2009-2011

TIPSA is developing and widening our remit. Following successful tender applications that were submitted in the latter part of 2008, the project will now have two distinct strands, which are basically two projects running concurrently. As ever TIPSA is the funded project to deliver alcohol and other drugs awareness for young people throughout the Mid-Ulster area, encompassing Cookstown and Magherafelt District Council areas. This aspect will be headed up by Marty, and we would like to emphasise that TIPSA's services are available to any group or organisation who have the concerns of young people at heart, be this a youth club, sports club, church group, an ad hoc group or whatever- contact TIPSA to find out what services you can avail of, normally at no cost.

Eugene will be responsible for the other strand of work that will come under the TIPSA banner. This will build on the work already done with adults, particularly those deemed vulnerable or at risk. Again TIPSA will work with anyone from any section of the community who feels that some adults they know could benefit from education and prevention work in relation to alcohol and/ or other drugs. 

It is hoped to launch a major publicity drive within the next few weeks to highlight the developments within the project. This will be on  the back of the information leaflet that every house in the district should have received within the past few months. If you did not get a leaflet or want more of them, contact us.

Archived 9th July 2010


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"Legal" Highs

It can't have escaped many people's notice that so-called "legal" highs are quite prominent in the headlines lately. Unfortunately, as is their wont, some news outlets are running highly emotive reports that incorporate a lot of assumptions and mis-information that could prove counter-productive in the long run.

The biggest scares at the minute are related to mephredrone, a substance that gets around drugs legislation by being marketed as a plant food. There have been some deaths initially linked to its use although it is important not to jump to conclusions until the full facts have been established. There has been at least one case of a tragic death that was put down to mephredrone but, according to the coroner, was actually an unrelated health issue. However it is also vital that individuals do not become complacent either- there could possibly be links. 

There is a call for the government to ban the substance, but they are awaiting the outcome of the ACMD report into legal highs. The information regards the short and long term effects of these substances is sketchy at the moment since they have only really been in existence since 2008.  The British government seems prepared to let ACMD do its job since there is a recognition that a knee jerk reaction could actually make the issue worse.

It should also be remembered that some of the deaths have involved users have taking a mixture of legal and illegal substances including alcohol

Some more experienced drug users TIPSA have been talking to have highlighted the addictive or "moreish" nature of mephredrone and some of its other metabolites. The effect is quite strong and is followed by a horrendous comedown that some of the users feel could be very dangerous for those who are not used to dealing with the side effects of substances, with a fear expressed that suicides could possibly result, such is the impact of the resultant "crash". In fact a number of individuals with a few years experience of illegal drug use behind them have vowed to stay clear of the substance again since they felt they could either develop an addiction quite quickly or that they would not feel able to handle the depression linked to the comedown.

The important thing to emphasise is that just because a substance is "legal" (due to a labelling loophole" and easily available does not make it safe. There is a danger some individuals are equating legality with safety and this needs to be clearly addressed.

 

The legal highs issue is developing and changing at an astounding rate and TIPSA are trying to ensure we stay on top of all the information that is coming to light. If you have any questions about legal highs or any other substances, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We will be keeping an open mind and will be accessing information from a wide range of sources and these will not be limited to tabloid shock stories designing to elicit emotional responses- we will be following the science. For more facts and to clarify what is becoming quite a complex issue feel free to contact us with your questions. We can also come out and do presentations to community, sports or church groups who may have concerns on this issue.

Archived 9th July 2010


''Legal Highs''

TIPSA has noted that a small number of media outlets and public figures have been quite irresponsible in relation to tackling the issue of so-called “legal” highs and have contributed to a wide range of mis-information and panic. In order to counterbalance this, and to encourage cool heads and thoughtful, effective ways of tackling the issues, TIPSA, in conjunction with Cookstown and Magherafelt Community Safety Partnerships will be running two information nights to provide accurate, relevant and up to date information for anyone concerned with the topic.

The events will take place in the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown on Monday 19th April and in Magherafelt District Council Offices, Magherafelt on Wednesday, 21st April. Both events will start at 7:30pm and will consist of a presentation and question and answer session. While a lot of the panic and publicity has been around mephredrone, which at time of writing is due to be banned by the time the events are held, it is important to recognise that the substance will not disappear overnight and that there are still a number of issues to be discussed.  

Archived 9th July 2010


 

Cannabis "Re-reclassified"

As of Monday 26th January 2009, cannabis has been reclassified yet again. It has been moved back to Class B, from where it was moved to a Class C in January 2004. This move was brought about by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, despite recommendations from the Advisory Committee on the Misuse Of Drugs, who advise government on drug related policies, that it should remain Class C. 

It is planned to introduce a "three strikes" system for cannabis possession, starting with a warning, then an £80 spot fine for a second offence.

Only when a third offence is committed, will the person be liable to arrest and prosecution. 

It is important to note that while the media has concentrated on the reclassification as referring to Wales and England, it also applies to Northern Ireland. 

Archived 9th July 2010

 


PIPS PROJECT

SUICIDE AWARENESS - EVERYBODY HURTS - TAKE COMFORT IN A FRIEND

Informal meetings take place on 1st Monday of every month in Gortalowry House, Cookstown. Come along and talk or just listen. Affiliated to the Association of Suicide Prevention A.S.P. Cookstown Branch

Contacts 0787 655 2046 or 0790 396 5736

Check out the link to the PIPS website on the TIPSA Homepage.

Archived 9th July 2010


TIPSA welcomed Northern Ireland going Smoke Free. Since 6am on the 30th of April it has been illegal to smoke in enclosed and substantially enclosed workplaces and public places and in certain vehicles, for more details click here.

 

 

New Laws Regarding Purchase of Tobacco Products in NI

As of Monday September 1st 2008, it is now illegal for shop staff to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. While this does NOT make it illegal for under-18s to smoke, more individuals should expect to be asked for ID when purchasing, since it will be an offence to provide anyone under that age with cigarettes. For more information check out www.tobaccoagechangeni.com

 

Archived 9th July 2010


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TIPSA Coordinator Marty McCann with young people from the Cornstore Youth Club pictured after their presentation dinner in the Tullyglass Hotel. More photos will added in the coming days.

Archived 9th July 2010

 


 

TIPSA Fundraising Quiz

The first in a planned series of table quizzes organised by TIPSA will take place this Thursday, 6th May in Killymoon Golf Club, Cookstown from 8pm. Entry will be £2 per person with a maximum of 5 people in a team. This will be a chance to support the project as well as having a good night out and escape some of the election coverage for a few hours.

For more information, contact us in the office or simply show up on the night with a team. There will also be spot prizes throughout the night.

Archived 13th May 2010

 


TIPSA Drop-Ins

Following an initial ten week pilot, thanks to funding from NDACT/ HPA, the Saturday Drop-In's have proved more successful than anticipated. We had a number of young people in both Magherafelt and Cookstown who returned on a couple of occasions to engage with the project. Hopefully they found it beneficial.

 

 

 

 

We are now looking at how they worked overall and, based on what worked well and not so well, we will be running more again very soon. If any organisations think that they would like to host some in the future or be in attendance, or have any other input to make let us know.

Thanks are due to Michael Owen and NDACT/ PHA, Gortalowry House and the Good Morning Project in Magherafelt for their support. We also acknowledge the organisations and workers who attended the drop-ins to enhance the range of services available for the young people to access.

Archived 09 April 2010


Congratulations to  NEELB Group

TIPSA has just finished running a ten session education and prevention programme for a group hosted by the NEELB in Magherafelt. To mark the completion of the course and to recognise the commitment and maturity displayed by the group, TIPSA organised a presentation meal that took place in Rossini's on the 16th December. Eugene and Marty would like to thank Shauna from the NEELB for contacting us and inviting us to work with the young people, and also thanks are due to the group for the high levels of participation and for engaging so well throughout the sessions.

NEELB group enjoy their meal

If you or your group (be they adults or young people) want to avail of the same services as Shauna and her group did, contact TIPSA.

Archived 09 April 2010


TIPSA Photo Competition Winner Chosen

 The winner of the "Alternative Highs" photo competition has been chosen after the judges returned their verdicts. The winner was Karolina Urbanska with her picture "Friday Night". The judges were impressed by the thought and preparation that went into setting up and taking the photo (below).

 

Karolina is now  the proud owner of a new 16GB iPod Nano,  which was presented to her by Sean O'Kane the Chairman of TIPSA, also in the photograph below is Martin McCann a Coordinator with the TIPSA Project . Commiserations to those who didn't win this time- you should feel proud that you gave the judges such a hard time making a decision. We hope to run something similar in the not too distant future so keep an eye out and try again.

Archived 09 April 2010


TIPSA AGM- Wednesday 3rd March 2010

Hard as it is to believe it will soon be TIPSA Annual General Meeting time again. The project will be marking the passing of another year of hard work in Killymoon Golf Club, Cookstown on Wednesday 3rd March from 10am until 12pm. Food will be provided and a number of guest speakers are being arranged to give those in attendance a flavour of the work the project has been doing and the successful partnerships that contributed to another twelve months of education and prevention work in the Mid-Ulster area. Invites will be going out soon, but everyone is welcome, so if you have an interest in the work that has been going on please feel free to come along. We will also be holding elections again for committee members and would encourage anyone who feels they have anything to contribute to the project to consider putting themselves forward. It has been an exciting year for the project and things are getting even bigger, so help us develop and continue contributing to the community. Please confirm your attendance and if you intend standing for the committee by Friday 26th February. More details will be posted closer to the time.

Archived 18th March 2010

Saturday Drop-Ins

 

 

From this Saturday 16th Jan, TIPSA will be running drop in sessions for young people in the Cookstown and Magherafelt area from 11am until 2pm. Venues will vary between Cookstown and Magherafelt, and leaflets highlighting the service should be available from next week. Things are kicking off in the TIPSA office in Gortalowry House this Saturday where there will be DJ equipment and a games console as well as information and signposting for young people.

This initiative is based on funding TIPSA has received for implementing the Hidden Harm Action plan and we are using it to encourage young people who may be at risk of Hidden Harm to come along and perhaps use the opportunity to engage with services. However the emphasis is on informal diversionary activities and simply creating a safe and enjoyable space, where the coordinators will be on hand to provide info on a wide range of topics.
 
It is also hoped to invite other help agencies along on individual days, so if your organisation offers some service young people may wish to know more about feel free to let us know.
 
Hidden Harm basically refers to young people whose parents/ carers misuse alcohol and/ or other drugs and who may not be on the radar of any helping agencies. Leaflets will be distributed throughout the area targetting such young people and asking them to come along. They can make use of the facilities and will be under no obligation to discuss any issues they may have- it is simply about providing space, time and opportunity.
 
A number of different venues will be used with them being announced on the TIPSA website and listed on the leaflet, but for this Saturday it will be upstairs in the TIPSA office in Gortalowry House.
 
Any questions or queries don't hesitate to get in touch!  

 Updates will also be available on the latest news page of the TIPSA website, our Facebook fan page and our Twitter account (tipsamidulster).

Archived 18th March 2010

"Legal Highs" now just "Highs"

As of the 23rd December 2009  a number of the stimulant substances known as "Legal Highs" have been made illegal by the Home Office. Substances including GBL (Gamma Butyrolactone which synthesizes into GHB when ingested) is now a Class C drug when intended for human consumption.

Synthetic cannabinoids such as "Spice"  are now Class B alongside cannabis.

BZP (Benzylpiperazine) (also known as PEP pills) and related variants are now Class C.

15 types of anabolic steroids and two growth promoters are also added to the Class C category. 

There have been a small number of deaths believed to have been related to the stimulants above although the exact role they had to play in the tragedies are yet to be fully established. Because these substances are relatively new, very little is known about their pharmacological effects, especially in relation to interacting with other substances.  The UK joins most of Europe and the US in adding BZP to the list of illegal substances and this move will hardly come as a surprise after the EMCDDA reports into some of these substances highlighted potential dangers and recommended banning them.

 

Archived 18th March 2010


NDACT 4th Annual Seminar

NDACT AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SEMINAR 2009/10 - (NDACT's 4th Annual Seminar, in partnership with the Northern Area Promoting Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Steering Group)

Wednesday 10 February 2010, The Linen Suite, New Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey Borough Council, Newtownabbey

Drugs and alcohol, suicide and self-harm - cause or effect?

Seminar aims:

* To increase awareness of links/risks between drugs, alcohol, suicide and self harm with local groups, agencies and sectors.  
* To locally increase awareness of community based support available and models of good practice, in relation to drugs, alcohol, suicide and self harm.

The seminar will be of particular interest to NDACT partners, Promoting Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Steering Group partners, IfH/HAZ partners, Service providers, Primary & Secondary Care, HSC colleagues, local Government and the Voluntary & Community Sector.

The programme for the event is available here.

Please note that preference will be given to individuals, groups and agencies who work and / or reside in the PHA Northern area which comprises the local District Council areas of Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey.

Early registration is recommended as the seminar is likely to be oversubscribed. Completed forms should be returned by Monday 25 January 2010. These can either be returned by e-mail or hard copy.

The  booking form is available by clicking here.


Substance Misuse and Suicide / Self Harm Prevention projects from across the Northern area will also be providing display / information stands at the seminar.

Archived 12/02/10


A Night of Legends  

Put the questions you always wanted to ask to the Guest Panel:  

Willie John McBride ( Ireland and Lions Rugby Captain)  

Bertie Ahern (Former Taoiseach)  

Frances Black (Folk Singer)  

Oisin McConvile (All-Ireland Winning GAA Star)  

Compere; Mark Sidebottom ( BBC )  

Also live music by ‘Bitz  n Pieces’  

Glenavon House Hotel Cookstown

Saturday 6th February 2010  

Ticket £15 includes entry to Prize Draw – Doors open 7.30 – Show starts 8pm  

All funds go to Cuan Mhuire (Sr. Consilio’s) Addiction Rehabilitation Centre.

Organised by Rock & Slatequarry Pioneer Centre.  

Archived 12/02/10


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Martin McCann (TIPSA) and Maria Scullion (NEELB) with young people from Riverside Castledawson at a recent Presentation Dinner.

archived 17th Dec 2009


 

TIPSA Marks Alcohol Awareness Week

Monday Oct 19th marks the beginning of Alcohol Awareness Week, backed up by the NHS "Know Your Limits" Campaign. To mark this TIPSA is running an information drop in event in our offices on Fri 23rd October from 2pm until 7pm. Everyone is invited to call in for a few minutes for a chat, some tea and perhaps even alcohol free cocktails! It will be a chance to chat to Eugene or Marty about alcohol, find out a bit more about the drug that so many people take for granted and people will also be given the opportunity to look at their own use, although this is not compulsory. Anyone who calls in can rest assured it will be relaxed, informal and no one will be lecturing, preaching or hectoring! It will simply be a bit of time and space to find out about what constitutes safe alcohol use. If you need a chat in private that will also be facilitated. 

Even if you can't make it on the 23rd, remember that the TIPSA offices are available for you to call in and chat Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm, or by prior arrangement outside these times. If you want more info either e-mail us or phone.

Archived 26th Oct 2009


Ambassador Youth Club Presentation

Following their participation in TIPSA's Alcohol and Drug Awareness programme, some members of the Ambassador Youth Club, Cookstown, attended a presentation event organised by TIPSA in a venue chosen by the group. This marked their commitment to taking part and TIPSA would like to remind other youth groups that our services are available free of charge.

Some of the Ambassador Youth Club members and leader

Archived 26th October


Northern Drugs and Alcohol Co-Ordination Team Small Grants Scheme 2009/10

Voluntary and community organisations are now invited to submit proposals to the Public Health Agency (PHA)/Northern Drugs and Alcohol Co-Ordination Team (NDACT) up to a maximum of £5,000 to address alcohol and drug outcomes. For further information please click Here. Closing date for applications is Friday, 16th October 2009 at 4.00pm.

Archived 26th October


   TIPSA Latest Newsletter

The July 2009 TIPSA newsletter should be landing on door mats all over mid-Ulster. If you are on the mailing list you should receive one shortly.  To download a copy that will open with Microsoft Publisher click here. To download the pdf version click here.

Archived 26th October


TIPSA Photography Competition Closed

The TIPSA Photography competition "Alternative Highs" has now closed. Thank you to everyone  who put the time and effort into submitting entries and encouraging participants to take part. The judges will be looking at all the submissions over the coming week and it is hoped to announce the winner shortly afterwards. Eugene and Marty were impressed by the creative thinking behind many of the photos and how the theme was interpreted and are glad they do not have to pick the winner!

The winning entry will be posted here alongside the photographer's name. We will notify the winner beforehand so good luck to all of you who have submitted pictures and keep an eye out for the results.

Archived 26th Oct 2009


    TIPSA Welcomes Placement Volunteer

TIPSA is happy to welcome a new face- at least on a temporary basis for the time being. James Mallon will be dealing with our admin tasks for the next few months, so if you phone the TIPSA office and hear a strange voice, introduce yourself to him. Eugene and Marty are glad to have someone to bear the burden of the admin side of things and wish James all the best in his time with us.


          TIPSA Photography Competition Extended!

Due to the response we have had, we have decided to give individuals a bit of extra time to get photos in- we know the bad weather has probably ensured that any attempts at photography have been a bit of a wash-out! Therefore we are extending the closing date until the 30th Sept- apologies to those who have already submitted entries but we want to ensure as many people as possible get the chance to enter. The standard of entries already received has been good so those early entrants are still in with a very strong chance of emerging as winners.

All photos should  take the theme of "Alternative Highs" as their basis- how you interpret this is up to you. Please note however the emphasis on "Alternative"- any photos depicting illegal activity will be passed on to the relevant authorities.

Grab this chance to show your creative side by taking the theme and snapping something that, to you, captures the idea that people can experience highs in their life without needing chemical assistance. Part of the challenge of course is to interpret the title in a way that provides us with an interesting picture that sums up the notion of "Alternative High" for you.

There will be one overall winner who will receive an iPod Nano. There will also be a "recommended" category, where the best photos will be displayed in exhibitions to be held later in the year in Cookstown and Magherafelt, and some may even make it into TIPSA's 2010 calendar. 

To enter the competition you need to submit an application form with your pictures. NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT THE APPLICATION FORM!  It is also important that you read and understand the rules and guidelines included with the application.

 For more information read the rules or contact us via e-mail or in the office. All submissions must be sent via e-mail to info@cookstownhelp.com.

Good luck and happy snapping!

Archived 2nd Oct 2009


 TIPSA Latest Newsletter

The latest TIPSA newsletter should be landing on door mats all over mid-Ulster. If you are on the mailing list you should receive one shortly.  To download a copy click here.


TIPSA re-launch event held in Maghera 

To mark the newest developments for TIPSA as highlighted below, TIPSA held a very successful re-launch event in St Lurach's Hall,  Maghera on the 16th of June. An excellent crowd was in attendance to find our more about TIPSA's services and to discuss how we where going to continue tackling alcohol and other drugs issues in communities.

Admission was free, refreshments were provided and there was a very positive exchange of information and ideas.

Look our for further re-launch events over the summer.

 

TIPSA re-launch - was as spectacular as this one.........well almost!

Archived 25th June 2009


IMPORTANT-Cases of botulism linked to possible contaminated heroin

It has been brought to our attention by the Dept of Health, Social Services and Public Safety that five people in the UK have recently been admitted to hospital with suspected botulism believed to be linked to their heroin use between 22nd Feb 09 and the 2nd March 09. It is believed that due to the cluster nature of these cases, a batch of heroin contaminated by wound botulism is in circulation.  All forms of botulism can be lethal and are always considered medical emergencies. The classic symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness.  There can also be symptoms of the muscle paralysis caused by the bacterial toxin. If untreated, these symptoms may progress to cause paralysis of the arms, legs, trunk and respiratory muscles. More information on botulism can be found by clicking here.

Obviously the best way to avoid contracting the infection is to avoid using for the time being, but being aware of the addictive nature of heroin, it is recognised that this may not be an option for some, so a series of harm reduction tips are available here, based on information from the Chief Medical Officer.

Archived 1 April 2009


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Remember that Wednesday the 11th of March is No Smoking Day.

No Smoking Day is the UK's leading health campaign for smokers who want to stop. This website has all the information and resources you need to quit smoking, or to organise your own event on No Smoking Day: Wednesday 11 March 2009.

 To find out more about No Smoking Day click here

Archived 1 April 2009


Information Events for Cookstown and An Carn

On Monday 2nd March Marty and Eugene will be in the Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown, again inviting interested individuals and groups to come along and learn about effective community responses and what the situation is regards alcohol and drugs in the town. This will begin at 7:30pm

Later on that week, on Wednesday 4th March, the coordinators will be repeating this exercise in An Carn, again starting at 7:30pm.

As usual these events are free to attend, refreshments will be provided and are not suitable for under-16s. For more information e-mail or phone the TIPSA office.

Archived 1 April 2009


Information Events for Swatragh, Cookstown and An Carn

Monday 23rd February sees TIPSA holding an information event in Granaghan Resource Centre Swatragh, starting at 7pm. This event is aimed at adults in the Swatragh area who want to know more about the issues around alcohol and other drugs and how communities can prevent these becoming major problems.

On Monday 2nd March Marty and Eugene will be in the Burnavon Arts Centre, Cookstown, again inviting interested individuals and groups to come along and learn about effective community responses and what the situation is regards alcohol and drugs in the town. This will begin at 7:30pm

Later on that week, on Wednesday 4th March, the coordinators will be repeating this exercise in An Carn, again starting at 7:30pm.

As usual these events are free to attend, refreshments will be provided and are not suitable for under-16s. For more information e-mail or phone the TIPSA office.

Archived 24 February 2009


The Sam Maguire Cup visited the TIPSA Office recently to help promote the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention strategy currently being implemented by the GAA. All clubs in the association will soon have their own Substance Abuse Prevention Officer, who will liaise with their local Drugs & Alcohol Education Projects to provide and deliver effect local strategies. The Project Coordinators are also pictured with a DVD and a Manual which have been produced by the GAA to support this strategy. If your club is located in Cookstown or Magherafelt Council areas then contact TIPSA to see what we can offer your club.

We have recently produced a leaflet to promote the work around alcohol and drug abuse done by TIPSA with sports clubs in the Mid-Ulster area. So whatever your chosen sport is, contact TIPSA now to find out more about our services.

archived15th December 2008


World Aids Day

World Aids Day was on Monday the 1st of December 2008. For more information on HIV Aids follow the link to the HIV Support Centre on the TIPSA Homepage.

The number of people living with HIV is continuing to rise in every part of the world - including in the UK. There are now 33 million people living with HIV worldwide and 80,000 people living with HIV in the UK.  

Click on the link above for more information on World Aids Day .

archived15th December 2008


National Anti-Bullying Week

17th - 21st November 2008

You can follow the link below to this site where you will find a collection of free resources for anti-bullying week. Schools may want to use these resources to compliment what they are already doing for anti-bullying week. They also have details of shows, creative workshops and other anti-bullying related events that are happening for anti-bullying week and other times of the year.

This years theme for anti-bullying week is "Being Different - Belonging Together "

 For more information on Anti-Bulling Week click her,      www.antibullyingweek.co.uk  

 

archived 24 November 2008


 

TIPSA in conjunction will the CPLC will be holding;

A Public Meeting in Hanover House Hotel Coagh on  12th of November at 7.30pm. This will provide an opportunity to find out more about drug issues locally and to discuss issues in relation to Alcohol and Drugs. 

Please note that this meeting is for Adults only.   Everyone welcome and Refreshments will be served.

archived 17th October 2008


Thanks to Michael Clarke and Jennifer McFadden who invited TIPSA to work with some students at NRC in Magherafelt recently.

 

Some students from the NRC in Magherafelt

archived 20th October 2008


TIPSA 5th Birthday Celebrations

TIPSA's 5th Birthday celebrations were held in Gortalowry House on the 26th June. During the morning a wide variety of organisations and individuals were represented, highlighting the range of work done by the project over the past few years. As well as a slideshow illustrating various aspects of the project since 2003, other attractions included a lovely cake made by Councillor Maureen Lees who is also on the TIPSA management committee and music provided by TIPSA's own banjo maestro David Murray. Chairperson Sean O'Kane thanked everyone for making the effort to come along and expressed a hope that we will be celebrating a sixth anniversary.

Eugene, Sean and Marty (left to right) cut the cake

archived 20th October 2008


Some pictures from this year's Drama Workshop, held in conjunction with the Cornstore Youth Club, Draperstown Jun 30th- July 3rd 2008.

Thanks to all who attended the workshops- we hope you had a great time. It was very enjoyable working with you all for the four days. Your commitment and participation were excellent- congratulations on making these the best series of workshops yet! Keep an eye on this page- we will be putting more photos up over the next while, so do keep coming back.

A few of the young participants at the TIPSA Drama Workshop in Draperstown.

 

TIPSA Drama Workshop in Draperstown.

archived 20th October 2008


TIPSA and CRUN OCN Level 2 Community Drugs Awareness

The  Level 2 OCN course being run by TIPSA in association with the LEAD Project/ CRUN and Positive Steps Learning Centre has finished. Congratulations to Robert, Winston, Sean, Ruth, Teresa and Brenda on your participation and commitment in lasting the full 10 weeks. Please note for those of you who have not yet handed in your files, the closing date is Friday 18th July at 2pm, when they will be collected from Positive Steps- please get them in as soon as possible for marking the following week. To mark the end of the delivery stage, a presentation meal was held in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown although unfortunately a number of individuals could not make it. TIPSA will endeavour to get the files back to everyone as soon as possible after marking.

Teresa, Brenda and Robert at the presentation dinner.

archived 8th October 2008


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David entertains at TIPSA's 5th Birthday Party

Our Birthday Cake donated by Councillor Maureen Lees

archived 8th October 2008


 

Drama Workshop in Draperstown

archived 8th October 2008


 

Above- Parents Information Night, Ballinascreen

 

Above- Ballinascreen Info Event for 16-18 year olds

archived 1st August 2008


TIPSA OCN Level 2 Community Drugs Awareness Summer Course

TIPSA has received a number of requests regarding another OCN Level 2 Community Drugs Awareness course for over the summer period. While details still have to be finalised, it will probably be run over 5 full days, although this has to be confirmed yet. As ever this will be in conjunction with CRUN. Keep watching this page for further information which will be posted as soon as possible. To register an interest contact Marty at the TIPSA office.

archived 1st August 2008


NEELB Youth Service -  Open Access Programme.

Open Access is an exciting new opportunity for all young people aged 14+ in the Magherafelt Area. If you have an interest in ICT, film making, doing a project or you just want to hang out and use the computer suite, then the NEELB want you. There is no cost involved and the programme is open to your suggestions on how to make it better. If you are interested call at Magherafelt Office Unit 13, Magherafelt Youth Office, Rainey St. Magherafelt.

 


TIPSA the Cookstown and Magherafelt based Drugs and Alcohol Education project held a very well attended AGM on the 13th of March in the Royal Hotel, Cookstown. Project Co-ordinators Eugene O'Goan and Martin McCann reflected on a very successful year for the project and looked forward to the challenges which TIPSA will face in the coming 12 months. The Chairman, Mr. Sean O'Kane welcomed the new members to the Management team and stated that he hoped that the Project could continue its steady development for the next year. TIPSA would like to thank all those in attendance and to thank all those who have supported the Project during the last twelve months. To read the co-ordinators report for the last twelve months click here.

archived 17th July 2008


TIPSA Drama Workshops.

Please note that the option of hosting a TIPSA Drama Workshop has closed. This option has been taken up by the Cornstore Youth Club in Draperstown. Eugene and Marty would like to thank all the other organisations who expressed an interest in hosting this event. We look forward to working with these groups on further projects in the coming year. Remember to keep checking the TIPSA website as TIPSA have other fun events planned for the coming months.

archived 17 July 2008


Happy Birthday TIPSA

Come along to our birthday party. TIPSA is holding an open day on Thursday, 26th June from 10am- 1pm to celebrate its fifth birthday. Feel free to drop in to Gortalowry House to join in the celebrations at any time- there will be a cake cutting ceremony at 10:30am.

 Refreshments and music will be provided up to 1pm. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th!  Everyone welcome

archived 26th June 2008


TIPSA and CRUN OCN Level 2 Community Drugs Awareness

TIPSA in association with the LEAD Project/ CRUN and Positive Steps Learning Centre are delivering a 10 week OCN accredited Level 2 Community Drugs Awareness course. This is targeted at individuals who want to know more about drugs in the community, what is being used and by who and why etc. It follows on from the Level 1 course run by Marty, but participants do not have to have taken part in the Level 1 to do Level 2. 

The course is starting in Positive Steps Learning Centre on Tuesday 29th April from 10am right through to 1pm. REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL- contact TIPSA for a registration pack or click here. Registration forms should be returned to CRUN at the address provided.

archived 26th June 2008


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The latest group from the Cornstore youth club, Draperstown at their presentation event following their completion of a five week TIPSA programme.

archived 26th June 2008


 

A group of young ladies from Maghera pictured with their Youth Leader Oscar Spence at a recent Presentation Dinner.  Missing from the photo are Eugene O'Goan  and Martin McCann TIPSA Project Coordinators.

archived 26th June 2008


 

                      
A Presentation from the recent Drama Workshops run by TIPSA.
Contact TIPSA now to get your community involved.

archived 26th June 2008


Are you looking for something to keep the young people from your community entertained  this summer? Well TIPSA may have the answer. This summer TIPSA will offer our staff and a Drama Coach to run a series of workshops  commencing on 30th of June. The workshop will run for 4 days and there will be no charge for services. All that TIPSA require is that the host organisation fulfill some basic criteria, provide participants and provide a suitable venue. For more information click here or ring the TIPSA office on 8676 3388 and speak to Eugene O'Goan or Martin McCann for more details.

Please note this workshop will be allocated on a first come, first served basis subject to some basic criteria set by TIPSA

archived 18th June 2008


TIPSA Fun Quiz for Teenagers

Congratulations to Loup Pioneers  who won the annual TIPSA Fun Quiz, held in Ballyronan. Second place went to Toome Pioneers, so it was a great night all around for the PTAA. Although not as well supported as in previous years, both teams deserved their prizes and a fun night was had by everyone in attendance. Thanks go to the adults who gave up their time and made the effort in getting the teams there, and without whom the event could not happen. 

archived 9th June 2008


TIPSA Fun Quiz for Teenagers

Keep Wednesday April 30th 2008 free for the annual TIPSA quiz, in the Marina Centre, Ballyronan, commencing at 7.30pm. This is open to all teenagers, and as ever there will be a wide range of prizes on the night. Can Cookstown Scouts maintain their dominance of the event? 

This year's quiz will be even bigger and better than before, so keep an eye out for more information. Registration is optional but if you could please let us know in advance about your team it would help with catering arrangements.

archived 1st May 2008




Young People from Bellaghy pictured at their recent Presentation Dinner, also in the picture are Erica Hogg from the NEELB and Marty Mc Cann TIPSA.

archived 24th April 2008


TIPSA and CRUN OCN update

Congratulations to Ronan, Martina, Ciaran, Josie, Frances and Gerry who have recently completed a level 1 OCN on Community Drugs Awareness, held in Gortalowry House. They all passed the course with flying colours, and judging from their evaluations learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. The two day course was facilitated by Marty from TIPSA in conjunction with CRUN. This is just one of the many accredited programmes TIPSA can now run thanks to our partnership with CRUN, so if you think we might be able to provide you with a course to fit your needs contact Marty at the TIPSA office.

archived 24th April 2008


Successful TIPSA Parents Education Event at the Cornstore Draperstown.  

TIPSA have delivered a very successful Parents Education Event at the Cornstore Draperstown.  TIPSA Project Coordinator Marty McCann said that he was delighted to be able to offer his talk to parents to help underpin the three previous young people's  Education Programmes that have already been delivered in Draperstown. Fellow Project Coordinator Eugene O'Goan also expressed his thanks to both Michelle Magee and also to Saint Colm's High School for inviting TIPSA  and for encouraging uptake of the services which TIPSA provide. As part of this partnership approach TIPSA have also provided an information point at special events  which have been held in the school.

 As part of their ongoing work in this area TIPSA will be back in early 2008 to deliver more services. 

Why not contact TIPSA now to get your community involved. TIPSA is available to everyone and normally there is no cost to communities/groups for TIPSA services.

archived 24th April 2008


A consultation on raising the age for the purchase of tobacco products in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by doctors. 

Launching the consultation, assembly Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said: "A key factor in reducing prevalence is to discourage adoption of the smoking habit.

"Evidence shows that in Northern Ireland, 79% of adult smokers took up the habit in their teens and that 11% of children aged 11-15 years are regular smokers.

(Source BBC Website)

archived 24th April 2008


Age to buy cigarettes to increase
From the 1st Oct 2007, only those aged 18 and over will be able to purchase cigarettes in England and Wales. It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the law will also be amended in Scotland around the same time. No news of it being extended to Northern Ireland yet, although with the Republic recently tightening it's laws, it may not be too long before those with the power in Stormont consider something similar here.

archived 24th April 2008


National No Smoking Day

Wednesday 12th March is this year's National No Smoking Day. It is a great opportunity for those who want to give up cigarettes and want a milestone to kick start things with. If New Year's Day and Ash Wednesday didn't work for you then this could be the time for anyone to finally kick the habit. There is plenty of support now for anyone who wants to quit, some of which can be found at http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/smokers/index.htm. You can also call the NHS smoking helpline on 0800 169 0 169, contact your GP or of, course, TIPSA for further direction. TIPSA will be planning some publicity for the day so keep an eye out for it.

Archived 20th March 2008


Anti-Bullying Week has just ended.

The19th-23rd Nov was designated anti-bullying week and there were a range of different activities running nationally to highlight the effects of bullying and how to get it stopped. YouTube, in conjunction with charity BeatBullying, has launched a new channel where celebrities and others have posted practical clips that deal with many of the issues. Keep an eye out for locally based initiatives as well. Check out the anti-bullying links on TIPSA's homepage for more details.

Archived 20th March 2008


Great prizes up for grabs!!!!  

Want to win a really great prize?

Enter this competition - check out www.up-2-you.net  

Ten great prizes up for grabs:

Nintendo Wii console - Nintendo DS handheld plus game - iPod nano -           Camera mobile phone and six runner-up prizes of £50 vouchers for a              leading sports or clothes shop!

Its free to enter and all the answers are on the website. Go on it could be you!

Archived 20th March 2008


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TIPSA cordially invite you to attend our

Annual General Meeting

in

The Royal Hotel, Cookstown

on

Thursday, 13th March 2008

at 10.30 a.m. 

Lunch will be served, RSVP by Monday 10th March

to Eugene or Marty:  Phone; 028 8676 3388  or Email; info@cookstownhelp.com

If you would like to attend our AGM contact us by Monday 10th March this invite is open to everyone.  

Archived 14th March 2008


Ecstasy warning after man's death

Police have issued a warning about ecstasy tablets following the sudden death of a young man in Coleraine in County Londonderry.

The 21-year-old from Ballymena, County Antrim, died in the Causeway Hospital in the town on Monday morning.

A post mortem examination is to be carried out later this week.

Police have warned people who have consumed ecstasy tablets with a rocket motif to consider seeking medical advice.

It follows reports that two people became ill after taking similar tablets over the weekend.

The police have appealed for people with any information regarding the sale or supply of the drugs to contact them.

Source BBC website www.bbc.co.uk 

Archived 20th February 2008


Information Event

TIPSA will be delivering a Drugs and Alcohol Parents Event in Bellaghy at the Old School Community Centre, Tonight Tuesday 5th of February at 7.30pm.

REFRESHMENTS SERVED

See local press for further details.

Archived 11th February 2008


A very Happy New Year from Eugene Marty and David

We look forward to working in your Community.

Lets make it a date in 2008

Archived 22nd January 08


1st December- World AIDS Day

This Saturday, 1st Dec 2007, marks the annual World AIDS day. This takes place every year to highlight the issues around HIV/ AIDS and tries to tackle the high level of ignorance that many people still exhibit towards the virus. For more information click on the HIV Support Centre Link on our home page or click here for an information sheet about the day.

Archived 4th December 07


TIPSA and CRUN OCN update

Congratulations to Ronan, Martina, Ciaran, Josie, Frances and Gerry who have recently completed a level 1 OCN on Community Drugs Awareness, held in Gortalowry House. They all passed the course with flying colours, and judging from their evaluations learned a lot and enjoyed the experience. The two day course was facilitated by Marty from TIPSA in conjunction with CRUN. This is just one of the many accredited programmes TIPSA can now run thanks to our partnership with CRUN, so if you think we might be able to provide you with a course to fit your needs contact Marty at the TIPSA office.

Archived 27th November 07


Anti-Bullying Week 19th-23rd Nov

This has been designated anti-bullying week and there are a range of different activities running nationally to highlight the effects of bullying and how to get it stopped. YouTube, in conjunction with charity BeatBullying, has launched a new channel where celebrities and others have posted practical clips that deal with many of the issues. Keep an eye out for locally based initiatives as well.

Archived19th November 07


TIPSA Parents Information Event

TIPSA will be delivering a parents information session in the Corn Store Draperstown on Tuesday the 6th of November at 7.30. This event is suitable for adults only so come along and get the facts around drugs and alcohol. This is also a great opportunity to get any questions you may have answered. 

Archived 8th November 07


A consultation on raising the age for the purchase of tobacco products in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by doctors. 

Launching the consultation, assembly Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said: "A key factor in reducing prevalence is to discourage adoption of the smoking habit.

"Evidence shows that in Northern Ireland, 79% of adult smokers took up the habit in their teens and that 11% of children aged 11-15 years are regular smokers.

(Source BBC Website)

Archived 31st October 07


Congratulations Marty......

Best wishes to Marty McCann and  Rina Flanagan who were married in Rome from Eugene, David and everyone associated with the TIPSA Project. Good Luck for the future.

archived22nd October


October 10 Marks World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time in 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th. 

The Mental Health Foundation celebrates World Mental Health Day each year, using it as an opportunity to communicate with the general public about mental health issues.

For more information log on at    www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/wmhd/

archived 10th October


Welcome to the new look TIPSA website. 

We hope you like our new look as we continue to expand the website in the coming weeks. Remember to visit the TIPSA website on a regular basis to keep up to date will some of the issues around drug and alcohol misuse.

Please note that there are still a few places available on the OCN Level 1 Community Drugs Awareness Course, see below for more details or to book your place.


Age to buy cigarettes to increase
From the 1st Oct 2007, only those aged 18 and over will be able to purchase cigarettes in England and Wales. It is believed, but not yet confirmed, that the law will also be amended in Scotland around the same time. No news of it being extended to Northern Ireland yet, although with the Republic recently tightening it's laws, it may not be too long before those with the power in Stormont consider something similar here.


OCN Level 1 Community Drugs Awareness
TIPSA in conjunction with CRUN will be running a two day course on the 8th and 9th of November in Gortalowry House. This is accredited training for individuals from the community and will last from 9:30am - 4:30pm each day. It is FREE to take part, but participants must register before the course starts. For more information contact Martin in the TIPSA office for details. For an application pack, click here.


Latest Newsletter
If you are on the TIPSA mailing list then you should have already received the latest newsletter. If you would like to be added to the TIPSA mailing list then click here and add your details to the e-mail.


TIPSA would like to hear from you!
If your community, sports, church, or youth group would like to find out more about TIPSA and the range of services offered by TIPSA contact us now. TIPSA are keen to hear from anyone with an interest in the issue of education on Alcohol and other Drugs.



Young People from Bellaghy enjoyed their recent Presentation Dinner, also in the picture were Erica Hogg from the NEELB and Marty Mc Cann TIPSA.


PIPS PROJECT

SUICIDE AWARENESS - EVERYBODY HURTS - TAKE COMFORT IN A FRIEND

Informal meetings take place on 1st Monday of every month in Gortalowry House, Cookstown. Come along and talk or just listen. Affiliated to the Association of Suicide Prevention A.S.P. Cookstown Branch

Contacts 0787 655 2046 or 0790 396 5736

Check out the link to the PIPS website on the TIPSA Homepage.



A Presentation was held for participants from the recent Drama Workshops run by TIPSA.
Contact TIPSA now to get your community involved with other TIPSA eEvents.


TIPSA welcomed Northern Ireland going Smoke Free. Since 6am on the 30th of April it has been illegal to smoke in enclosed and substantially enclosed workplaces and public places and in certain vehicles, for more details click here.


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