Press Release 13.09.2017
November 13th, 2017
Homelessness Charity Depaul shows Harm Reduction success in Southern Trust Area
Support for people at risk of homelessness across Armagh, Dungannon, Newry & Mourne Trust Areas
Monday, 13th November 2017. Homelessness charity Depaul has had significant success in providing 170 vulnerable people in the Southern Trust area with support and access to services between May 2013 and September 2017. The service provided Harm Reduction Floating Support to people struggling with complex substance abuse and alcohol addiction issues in order to help them maintain their tenancies and access vital services. Funding from the Big Lottery to this project came to an end in September of this year. The Depaul service was part of the Southern Health Social Care Trust ‘Impact of Alcohol’ portfolio.
By aiding service users to reduce their alcohol intake, supporting them to attend vital appointments with health services and other service providers, and assisting in maintaining good nutrition, improvements were made to their overall wellbeing and the potential of homelessness through a loss of tenancy was reduced. With a total of 3,816 weekly floating support visits delivered to service users, as well as many telephone check ins, a total of 11,600 hours of support were provided to vulnerable people in the communities of Armagh, Dungannon, Newry & Mourne.
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony, commented on the work of the Southern Area Harm Reduction outreach service:
“Helping over 170 people that struggle with addictions to improve their overall wellbeing is an extremely positive result and shows what can be achieved through outreach into communities. There’s been many positive success stories as a result of this service in the Southern area, including a former service user who at one stage needed to be hospitalized having now reached a point in recovery where he is able to volunteer with us at Depaul.”
This initiative has been really important for rural areas in which individuals are often isolated and have limited access to such vital services”
Representatives from the Depaul Southern Harm Reduction Floating Support service will be attending a Big Lottery Conference on 20th November and will be contributing to the discussion by detailing the impact of the service with other ‘Impact of Alcohol’ portfolio attendees.
For further reference contact:
Depaul Media Officer Sinéad Healy
Sinead.email@example.com +353 1 453 7111 +353 86 383 2198