Funding boost for Moyross drug education programme

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

the Northside We’re OK initiative, which provides drug education and prevention in Moyross, has secured €15,000 to aid people with drug problems.

the Northside We’re OK initiative, which provides drug education and prevention in Moyross, has secured €15,000 to aid people with drug problems.

More than half the funding has been secured thanks to funds from the inaugural Cathaoirleach’s Dinner, hosted by Cllr Richard Butler.

The dinner at Adare Manor provided the We’re OK project with €7,500, with matching funding provided thereafter.

Trish Whelan, drugs education and prevention worker at the initiative said: “We hope to use this funding to support youth-focused agencies in the area in the valuable work they do.”

Founder member of the We’re OK project, which supports hundreds of youngsters across the city, Juan Carlos Azzopardi said the funding will mean they can link in more effectively with their support groups.

“It will mean we can provide resources to them to run projects. It will also encourage them to foster a link with us so the drug education work becomes an integral part of what they are doing rather than an add-on at the end,” he explained.

Cllr Butler, who presented Northside We’re OK with the proceeds earlier this summer, said: “I was only too happy to choose the Northside We’re OK Youth Initiative as a beneficiary of the event. The work they do with young people to ensure they make better life choices is innovative and effective. The youth are our future so its so important to invest in them.”

As a result of the €15,000 cash injection, services and agencies can apply for funding.

More information on how to do this is available at a special launch day, taking place in the Watch House Cross Library tomorrow at midday. ‘We’re OK’ was established in 2002 and works with people aged between 10 and 21 considered at risk of problem drug use.