If you are running any events and want us to
highlight them here,
Updated August 2015- TIPSA Services Affected by Loss of
Many of you will be aware of the tenders we
applied for from the Public Health Agency to keep a locally based
project in Mid-Ulster.
Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in those.
Eugene and Martin were due to lose
their jobs on the 31st July meaning there would be no locally based
alcohol and drugs workers in Mid-Ulster. However, due to the
winning organisations not being ready to start service provision,
TIPSA were informed with very short notice that PHA funding would
continue until 30th Sep 2015. This is to ensure Mid-Ulster will
still have access to services over this interim period. Eugene and
Martin have agreed to stay on until that date so TIPSA is still able
to provide programmes, workshops, presentations etc up to then.
We will NOT be taking on any one-to-one referrals due to the more
open-ended nature of these engagements and again we are unsure as to
whether the organisations who will succeed us will continue this
role. So if you would like some work done with your club or group
please get in touch as soon as you can, since the 30th Sep will
definitely see services truncated.
One of the strengths of the project has
always been the strong local base established over 13 years and the
support we recieved from the inhabitants of Mid-Ulster. However that
history of community and individual engagement (alongside workers
with a combined experience of over 25 years in the field) was not
enough to secure the funding.
TIPSA will continue as a voluntary committee
who will strive to keep the name of the project alive and will
continue to be based in Gortalowry House in a smaller office. We
will also be trying to ensure that the people of Mid-Ulster get as
focussed and thorough a service as we have provided since 2002,
based on best practice.
This website is currently being redesigned
and will be relaunched before the end of Sep to provide a legacy
and to ensure people can still access the help and support they
need. The e-mails and phone will still be in use for the foreseeable
Thank you to everyone who supported us and
made use of our services. The next few months will be difficult for
all since the new services will take quite some time to bed in and
there will be uncertainty as to who people should contact. If you do
need assistance and are unable to obtain satisfactory service after
the 30th Sep we would strongly recommend contacting the Public Health Agency
in County Hall, Ballymena.
It is also important to not that
this is not the end of the project and it is
planned that the committee will see the development of new
opportunities so do not hesitate to contact them with enquiries
using the existing methods.
TIPSA Annual General Meeting
2014-15 Annual General Meeting will take place in the
Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown (click
link for location) on Thursday 26th March, including a cooked
breakfast at 9:30am. The actual start time (before or after the
breakfast) will be announced before the day.
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. Please forward
your intention to attend or apologies via
walk-in services will continue on the second Monday of every month
in Gortalowry House, Cookstown and Magherafelt Community Support
Centre, Queen Street (beside Dorman's) from 6:30-7:30pm. More venues
to be announced soon...
8th June 2015
We now also run a walk-in service in
Cookstown High School for pupils- dates are available in the school.
E-cigarettes are something we are being
asked about more and more in TIPSA. The big issue is that there is
currently no regulation so it is unclear what the impact on "vapers"
may be. However Professor Gerry Stimson talks about them from a harm
here - if
you agree with him or not, that video provides a lot of food for
Khat (qhat) Now a Controlled Substance
As of the 24th June 2014, the stimulant
substance Catha edulis, commonly known as Khat (or qat) is now a
Class C controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act in the
UK. Normally associated with nations around the Horn of African and
Arabian Peninsula, it is commonly used among the Somali and Yemeni
ethnic communities in the UK and has an important role in their
social and cultural life.
Giro d'Italia Grande Partenza!
Anyone who visits this site reguarly
may have noticed a wee change- yes TIPSA is thinking pink to mark
the historic arrival of the Giro d'Italia to our shores! It may come
as no suprise to those who have followed Marty's Lap the Lough
exploits that the project is a great fan of cycling, so to mark the
occasion have redecorated the office slightly!
TIPSA Annual General Meeting 2014
This year's AGM will take place in
The Greenvale Hotel Cookstown on Wednesday 26th March
starting at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please
by Monday 24th March to confirm your attendance. It will be followed
by lunch at 12pm. Copies of the Annual Report will be available here
after the event.
Lap The Lough with TIPSA!
As many of you are aware, each year Marty
takes part in the Lap
the Lough challenge (this year it will be on Sunday, 24th
August) which, as you might expect, encourages people to cycle
around Lough Neagh (about 85 miles). We want to do it slightly
differently in 2014 though-we want to issue a challenge to
you-especially if your first thoughts were "I could never do that!"!
It is more or less flat the whole way around and has rest stops
every 20 miles or so. You aren't timed and it isn't a race- while
some of the club and racing cyclists can do it in just over 4 1/2
hours, others take as long as they need. There is full support the
whole way around and it is a fun way to spend the day- often people
get so busy chatting the miles just disappear.
TIPSA knows how important setting targets is
in relation to good all round health-that is why we want to
encourage anyone who wants to set a goal this year. THIS IS
NOT ABOUT RAISING MONEY FOR TIPSA- you can fundraise if you
want for a charity of your choice or you can just do it for the
challenge- all it will cost will be the entry fee (£25 before the
end of March, £30 to £35 after)-
here for more details of cost.
Now we know you are probably saying deep down
that you would love to be able to do this so let's look at the
reasons you are also giving for thinking you can't do it:
1 I don't have a road bike-
obviously not having a bike can be a big barrier to cycling around
Lough Neagh! But while a road bike ("a racer") is probably the best
bet, you don't need a full carbon fibre machine with electronic
gears! A cheap road bike is just as useful for this challenge-the
most important part is that it fits you! Also due to the relatively
flat nature it is possible to do it on a flat handle bar bike. Marty
has seen hybrids, mountain bikes, handbikes, recumbents, folding
bikes and even the odd tandem manage the trip-it might take longer
in some cases but the target is to get around not try out for the
Giro d'Italia or Tour de France!
2 I'm not fit enough -You
may not feel fit enough but August is still ages away! You will be
surprised how quickly you will build up the miles on the bike. In a
worse case scenario, due to all the food and rest stops on the way
if you can ride 25 miles in one go, you will get around the Lough!
TIPSA wants to bring together a group of people to train for this
and we will get you there
3 Riding in groups looks scary
-It can look scary especially the first time you do it but TIPSA
will help you overcome this by showing you how to do it safely, what
you have to look out for etc. Plus riding in a group reduces your
workload by 40% so it will make it easier to complete the
challenge-you won't notice the miles go by!
4 I don't have the time to train-
It can be difficult to set time aside for training but most
people will find that if they want to do it, they will find the
time. Again TIPSA hopes to set up a training group so that might be
an incentive and you will be surprised how little training it takes
to be able to take on the event.
Obviously people will have other reasons as
well, but the accomplishment is worth it. As an extra incentive we
will provide anyone who takes part as a member of the TIPSA group
with a cycling jersey.
So if you are interested get in touch with
Marty as soon as possible either through
e-mail , phone the office 028 8676 3388 or our
Please note though that you take part in this
at your own risk! We suggest taking out
Cycling Ireland membership which covers you insurance wise-
otherwise you will have to sign a disclaimer with us meaning we have
TIPSA Monday night drop-ins
Growing out of the Hidden Harm
drop-in initiative that ran from January to April, TIPSA will now be
running a permanent walk-in service on the 2nd Monday of every month
for individuals to call in and have a chat, pick up some information
or find out a bit more about what TIPSA offers. They will take place
in Gortalowry House and Magherafelt Community Support Centre, Queen
Street- dates and times will be posted here and on
Facebook. These are open to anyone, and will be ongoing meaning that
if anything crops up for anyone in the future they will know where
to go and when.
If you want to make use of the
service check the dates and times below to make sure the walk-in is
running- changes will be highlighted here and on Facebook.
Click on the images for more
The next walk-ins will be:
13th May 2013 6:30pm-7:30pm
10th June 2013 6:30pm-7:30pm
8th July 2013 -6:30pm-7:30pm
12th August 2013- 6:30pm-7:30pm
9th Sept 2013- 6:30pm-7:30pm
14th Oct 2013 -6:30pm-7:30pm
11th Nov 2013 -6:30pm-7:30pm
9th Dec 2013 -6:30pm-7:30pm
13th Jan 2014 - 6:30-7:30pm
10th Feb 2014 6:30pm-7:30pm
10th March 2014 6:30pm-7:30pm
10th Birthday Celebrations
There was a great turnout to help
TIPSA celebrate 10 years of providing alcohol and other drug
services in Mid-Ulster. As well as a lovely cake, a few old faces
appeared as did representatives from a range of organisations who we
are proud to work alongside. Over 40 people dropped in over the
course fo the morning, including Ian McCrea MLA, and it is brilliant
to see our project has so much support. Thanks to all for coming.
Some of those who called in to mark
TIPSA's 10th Birthday
McCrea MLA called in to join Eugene O'Goan and Martin McCann in
celebrating 10 years of TIPSA
NI Alcohol Responsible Retailing
Are you concerned about how some
establishments are selling or promoting alcohol sales? Did you
know that the alcohol industry in NI has set up a
self-regulating complaints body so that anyone can report
adverts, promotions or behaviour tha...t
may promote unsafe drinking? However for some reason (!) they
have not been as good as promoting this as they are their
products, which, from an industry famed for its clever
advertising and promotional work is a bit surprising (!). So we
in TIPSA have decided to help them out by spreading the word :-)
! If you are concerned by any establishment, be it pub,
off-licence or supermarket then go to
http://www.responsibleretailingcodeni.org/ and submit a
complaint. The industry are taking the low submission rate at
the moment as meaning people don't have issues, though we feel
that the fact very few are aware of the Code may have something
to do with that. So spread the word- you can bet we will!
For example, a few years back around St
Patrick's Day, one TIPSA staff member saw a poster in an off-licence
window that stated "If you can read this, you aren't partying hard
enough!"- that was in breach of guidelines (and possibly advertising
legislation). If that happened now then that could form the basis of
a complaint. The industry have worked on this to stave off
legislation, preferring to go down the self-regulatory route so that
they can have more control over it, so in order for this to be an
effective tool, as many people as possible need to be informed of
its existence and to use it if they are unhappy with any aspect of
the alcohol retail industry. They have not produced posters etc to
publicise the code, so it is up to us to ensure they get as much
help as possible in being made aware of their members infractions.
Confirmed UK Case of Heroin Injector
We have recieved a letter from Dr Michael
McBride, Chief Medical Officer (NI), which included the following:
CONFIRMED UK CASE OF ANTHRAX INFECTION IN A
I am writing to inform you that it
has been confirmed that a Scottish resident
anthrax following injecting drug use.
This case follows the
recent reports of anthrax infection among people who
in mainland Europe. Since early June there has been a total of
six confirmed cases in heroin users in Germany, Denmark, France and
Scotland. Two of these cases have been fatal.
continuing into the cause of these cases and into any heroin supply
routes that may be affected.
You should be alert to the
possibility of anthrax infection in people who inject drugs
presenting with severe soft tissue infections or sepsis.
there is also a risk of inhalation anthrax developing in people who
smoke or inhale anthrax-contaminated heroin, any such patients
presenting with some or all of its typical features (febrile
illness, sepsis and/or respiratory problems) should be dealt with in
the same way. Patients may also present with signs of meningitis
(particularly haemorrhagic meningitis), or of subarachnoid
Person to person spread of
infection is extremely rare."
This is a re-emergence of an issue that lead
to at least 14 deaths in Scotland in 2009/10.
Information leaflets for workers were drawn
up by the Scottish Drug Forum at the time and they can be found
For more information and resources contact
Special General Meeting to Amend
There will be a Special General Meeting to
discuss changes to the TIPSA constitution in relation to our
application for charitable status, in accordance to the protocols
laid out in it. This meeting will be combined with the regular TIPSA
management committee meeting due around that time, and will take
place on Friday 18th May at 9:45am in Gortalowry House,
Cookstown. Copies of the proposed amendments are available
This notification is dated 25th April 2012.
Night Drop-ins have come to a temporary end. We will keep you
informed about the new format and new venue within the next couple
of weeks. For more info, feel free to
Important-Fake Diazepam Warning
Please find below a warning letter issued by
the Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland in relation to
illicit and counterfeit Diazepam- any questions contact us here at
SEVERE REACTIONS TO Potentially
I am writing to you to highlight information in
relation to the potential circulation of
Diazepam) which we have been informed has
led to several
overdoses, uncharacteristic behaviour
including verbal and physical aggression, and
source of the Diazepam is unknown and therefore there is a
it is illicit or counterfeit. The marking on the
packaging state that the tablets are
Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals (Pak) Ltd, Plot 37, Sector 19, Korangi
Karachi, Pakistan, Under License from F. Hoffman
- La Roche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland.
suggest that there could be 1,500 to 2,500 of these tablets in
circulation and that they were linked to 3 overdoses that occurred
in Belfast between
02/03/2012 and 04/03/2012.
purpose of this letter is to ask you to circulate as appropriate
information to relevant clinical services. Also, to help
build a more accurate picture,
please notify any A&E admissions,
clusters of cases or additional intelligence that has
associated with these Diazepam to HDPB@dhsspsni.gov.uk.
providers may also want to use the information in this letter to
risk to at risk client groups.
Dr M McBride
Chief Medical Officer
TIPSA Youth Panel - get involved
TIPSA is setting up a youth panel. We
want to get young people more involved in directing and
guiding our work, so that we get your opinions on publicity materials,
programme content etc. This panel
will be an informal gathering every 6 weeks or so where a group of
young people can come together and provide an insight into what TIPSA
needs to be doing with them. Any young person under 25 who lives,
works or goes to school in the Magherafelt and Cookstown Council areas
(especially the rural villages and towns) will be welcome.
The meetings will be held in different places
around Mid-Ulster so participants with transport issues will not be
disadvantaged, and there will be food etc available- the key to the
sessions will be a safe, informal atmosphere where everyone will be
able to contribute. There will also be diversionary activities planned
for the future for panel members.
want to emphasise that all young people are welcome to apply since we
need a broad range of views, opinions and experiences. It is hoped
that members may also be able to contribute to public events we will
be running, but the most important element is their involvement in
helping shape the direction of TIPSA to ensure we are still relevant
and delivering the best possible service. So if the young people use
or have used substances including alcohol, or have never used, all
will be welcome, since we feel it is just as important to find out why
many choose NOT to use as it is to find out why others do of have
For further information contact Martin or Eugene by
by telephone on 028 86763388 or call into the office.
a resounding success for TIPSA
quiz organised by TIPSA and
Louise Foundation in Ardboe Hall was held on the 16th of
September. This was a great night’s entertainment and both
organisations were delighted by the great turnout at the event.
TIPSA and the Niamh Louise Foundation would like to thank Ardboe
Hall for their hospitality and for hosting the event. Only one point
separated 3 teams at the end of the night and the winners were only
decided after two playoff rounds. Although this was a joint fund
raising event TIPSA donated their share of the funds raised to the
Niamh Louise Foundation. A word of thanks also to all those who took
part in the event and especially to the teams from Women’s Aid who
attended the event. TIPSA and the Niamh Louise Foundation intend to
run more joint events in the future. A special word of thanks for
Cathy from the Niamh Louise Foundation for all her work promoting
this event. Thanks again to all those who
contributed towards making this such a successful event.
|Eugene was the quiz master
Above- The winning team with Cathy Hanna (Niamh
Below- Women's Aid supported the event by entering
Warning in Relation to "Ivory Wave"
The Chief Medical Officer for
Northern Ireland has issued emergency warnings in response to
suspected allergic reactions to a synthetic stimulant substance known
as "Ivory Wave". There has been a large number of
admissions to casualty in parts of Scotland and England, where this
substance is believed to be involved.
"Ivory Wave" was a label
that first emerged a couple of years ago, and it was then believed to be
MDPV (which is now a Class B substance.) It is unclear at the moment
if this "Ivory Wave" is that substance or whether it is
something else being put out under the name.
TIPSA advises all users to stay
clear of any of the so called "Legal Highs" since it is not
yet clear what is in them. Many of the substances already made illegal
are simply being sold under a different label, leaving the user at
risk of prosecution. More importantly , a wide range of
side effects are being reported by users, and since doctors cannot be sure
of what the substances taken are, treatment can be difficult.
If you or someone you know uses a
substance and starts to experience any kind of unexpected side effects
DO NOT HESITATE in calling for an ambulance.. Encourage the victim to stay
calm and DO NOT LEAVE THEM ON THEIR OWN. Be aware of the recovery
position and how to put someone in it.
And remember TIPSA does not like
the term "Legal High" since it is misleading and many of the
substances are not actually legal, merely re-labelled- ignorance is no
The official notification from the
NRG-1 Now a Class B Substance
Following recommendations from the
Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). Naphyrone
- often advertised as 'NRG1' - and its related compounds have been
made Class B drugs effective from the 23rd July 2010.
legislation included 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
The ACMD report also highlighted research that
found that in many cases substances sold as NRG1 actually contained
mephedrone, as TIPSA has already highlighted. Anyone found in
possession of a substance they believed to be a so-called
"legal high" that actually turns out to be a controlled
substance runs the risk of prosecution.
One simple fact needs to be re-emphasised-
purchasers are reliant on those selling them substances to be honest
in regards the contents. This has already proven not to be the case
on a number of occasions.
It is also important to recognise that
just because something is currently legal (or more likely, makes use
of a loophole to get around current legislation) does not make it
of Alcohol Misuse in Northern Ireland
The Department of Health, Social
Services and Public Safety has recently released a report that puts a
financial price on the impact of alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland.
It makes some stark reading, particularly in these times of economic
uncertainty. A full version of the report can be downloaded
Some of the more noteworthy stats
include the fact that alcohol misuse costs the NI health care system
£122.2 million a year, public safety (ie policing, fire service etc)
is quoted as costing £223.6 million, criminal justice costs
approximately £83.8 million and the impact on employers and wider
society is gauged at around £201.7 million.
The fact that this deals solely
with alcohol misuse and its impact on these services, most largely
funded by tax payers money shows why TIPSA's message of the need to
address the drinking culture in the country is so important. The sad
fact is that the health and social impact of alcohol misuse is often
easy to ignore by those not directly affected by it, but when it is
spelt out to individuals how it impacts on their wallets or purses,
they may pay more attention.
not be legal
Following suspicions raised
by authorities in Scotland, an analysis of a batch of NRG-1 suggests
that it may contain MDPV, which was made a Class B drug along with
mephedrone and its cathinone analogues. While manufacturers have
claimed that NRG-1 is Naphthylpyrovalerone, the analysis suggests that
they are misleading those who are buying it and this could have
potential consequences. To quote from the conclusion to the report (click
here for the full version)
It is possible that unscrupulous individuals are using existing brand
names to market other
‘Piggybacking’ on the brand awareness of an existing product is
effective marketing in the short term,
has serious implications for those distributing and purchasing such
total misrepresentation of “NRG-1” as a ‘legal high’ is an
extremely concerning development, and could
distributors and their clients facing serious legal repercussions when
it becomes clear they are actually
controlled substances. What is even more worrying is that there are
likely multiple batches in
under the name of “NRG-1” and these may be entirely different
substances, with varying safety
and differing effects. These data demonstrate both a lack of morals on
the part of the chemical
and a lack of quality control by their wholesalers."
Therefore there is the chance that
anyone in possession of NRG-1 may, however unwittingly, be in
possession of a Class B substance. While the report points out that it
can only state for sure that the actual batch they tested would have
been illegal, the strong possibility is that this is not just an
isolated case. It is known that the UK government's action to ban not
just mephedrone but a wider range of substances caught many suppliers
by surprise as they did not predict that MDPV would be included, which
may mean many still have stocks of MDPV that they will want to get rid
off, and could be labelling it NRG-1.
Bear in mind that anyone in
possession of these substances will not be able to tell just by
looking what exactly they have, and also remember that in the eyes of
the law, ignorance is no defence- if a sample someone has in their
possession comes back as MDPV or other banned substance, the claim
that they thought it was legal may not help.
Highs Training for Practitioners
TIPSA are working in partnership
with Causeway Rural and Urban Network (CRUN) to provide 4 1/2
day workshops throughout the legacy Northern Board area in relation to
amphetamine type substances/ synthetic stimulants (also known
inaccurately as "Legal Highs"). These will take place in
Garvagh, Ballymena, Cookstown and Antrim and are targeted at
professionals and practitioners such as social workers etc who may
come into contact with young people using these substances.
The workshops will tackle the myths
and keep people up to date with a fast changing environment, and help
allay the fears many may have, especially in the wake of some media
outlets going for hyperbole and exaggeration instead of accuracy and
To book one of the limited
CRUN or phone 028 7034 4934.
For information on workshop content
contact us here at the
office or phone 028 8676 3388.
For more details
out the flyer.
15 young people from the Cornstore
Youth Club, Draperstown, have recently completed a 10 session
education and prevention programme with TIPSA. To mark this
achievement and to mark their commitment and participation, TIPSA
organised a presentation event held in Sizzler's, Magherafelt. Eugene
and Marty really enjoyed working with this group and look forward to
continuing our long established relationship with the club. Thanks to
Michelle for the support and continual promotion of our services.
If you or your youth group want to
take part in a similar programme
Cornstore Group Presentation
Further to the Home Office
press release and following the completion of the
parliamentary process , mephedrone and other cathinone derivatives
will become illegal throughout the UK as Class B drugs under
the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 with effect from 00.01 on Friday
16 April 2010.
A Class B drug carries a penalty of up to five years in prison or an
unlimited fine for possession and up to 14 years in prison for
supplying the drug.
All the cathinone compounds will be brought under control of the
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in Class B, Schedule I by way of a generic
definition - in addition, importation of these was banned on 29
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and the Home
Office (HO) are considering how to be able to move quicker on these
substance in the future, this may involve introducing a new
classification that would ban such substance while evidence is being
gathered. The ACMD intend to provide the HO with further advice on
the possible control of 'legal highs' concerning recommendations and
advice that is broader than the scope of individual or classes of
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drug's report
"Consideration of the cathinones" is available at:
The cathinones derivatives controlled as Class B drugs which have
been added to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 via a generic definition
cover a wide range of cathinone derivatives including:
* 4-Methylmethcathinone (mephedrone)
* 4-Methoxymethcathinone (bk-PMMA/ methedrone)
* 2-Methylamino-1-(3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl)butan-1-one (bk-MBDB/butylone)
received the following info from the Niamh Louise foundation:
World Suicide Awareness Day on 10th September and World
Mental Health Day on 10th October the Niamh Louise
Foundation has officially launched a poster competition in
association with Comic Relief and Children In Need.
competition seeks to find a creative, innovative design that
promotes positive mental health and the prevention of suicide.
competition is open to anyone aged between 14-18 years of age.
winning entry will have their design printed on two prominent
advertising billboards in the area for the period of one month to
mark World Suicide Awareness Day on
and World Mental Health Day on
10th October 2010
winner will also receive a £100.00 voucher for Easons. The winners
design will be used for future promotional materials.
runner up will also receive a £50 voucher for Easons and their
poster will also be used for Niamh Louise Foundation promotional
project is fully funded through Comic Relief.
you have any creative ideas on how to promote positive mental health
and the prevention of suicide through art we want to hear from you.
For more information, contact details and
terms and conditions
Facebook and Twitter
TIPSA is dedicated to ensure that
as many means of communication exist between the project and everyone
else in the community- hence this website. To add to this we now have
a fan page on
so if you are a member you can join our page and contribute to the
goings on there.
If you want to be kept abreast of
what is going on in the TIPSA office you can also follow us on
. This will be a good way of being one of the first to find out any
news or info that you may be interested in. Feel free to add us to
your "followed" list.
We look forward to hearing from
you, particularly with any suggestions as to how we can do things
better or even for content you would like to see us post online.
TIPSA March Newsletter now available
The latest TIPSA newsletter has been posted
out to all those on our mailing list- if you don't receive a copy or want to
either add, amend or remove your details please let us know by
The newsletter is also available in PDF
We will be producing a new issue before the
summer break- if you have anything you would like to see included in it let us
November/ December Newsletter now available
The latest newsletter covering the
most recent developments in the project and some future plans is
available to download
will be posted out within the next fortnight.
Introducing the Strengthening
This is a programme which TIPSA will pilot in
the coming months subject to sufficient interest from potential
The SFP10-14 makes extensive use of
video material portraying pro-social behaviours, and the programme
is suitable for families from any background. The SFP10-14 has seven
two hour sessions for parents and young people, who attend separate
skill-building groups for the first hour and spend the second hour
together in supervised family activities.
If you are a parent with children or
an organisation who would like to find out more about the
Strengthening Families Programme contact TIPSA for further details,
either by email at the address on this site or by telephone on; 028
Do you use
Hotmail to contact TIPSA?
TIPSA has been having issues
recently sending and receiving e-mails to/from our
from anyone using a hotmail.com or hotmail.co.uk address. If you are
on our mailing list and have not received anything recently this could
be the problem. We are trying to get this sorted but if you feel that
you have been missing out on anything phone us or use
until the issue is resolved.
A Group of young people from Riverside Castledawson at
a recent TIPSA session.
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Young Farmers Club and TIPSA information session
TIPSA were invited by Moneymore Young Farmers Club
to deliver an information session on alcohol and other drugs. From
left to right are James Glover (Club Leader), Marty (TIPSA), Julie
Hunter (Secretary) and Hannah Johnston (Asst Secretary).
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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.
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more about up and coming events being organized by TIPSA
Contact Eugene or Marty at the TIPSA Office
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