AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Taking the Initiative supports the development of a community network who together with partners provide alcohol awareness and training to both groups and individuals to help reduce the impact of alcohol for individuals, families and communities.
Taking the Initiative is funded by the Big Lottery Fund is being delivered by a partnership consisting of Causeway Rural & Urban Network (CRUN), North Antrim Community Network (NACN), South Antrim Community Network (SACN), Cookstown & Western Shores Area Network (CASWAN) working alongside the Impact of Alcohol Portfolio Manager and Impact of Alcohol Support Officer.
Ita McErlean, Training & Development Officer
Area Covered: Coleraine and Mid-Ulster Area
Based At: Causeway Rural & Urban Network, Coleraine
Contact Details: T: (028) 7034 494 M: 07739 446 599 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Bell, Training & Development Officer
Area Covered: South Antrim
Based At: South Antrim Community Network, Randalstown
Contact Details: T: (028) 9447 8645 M: 07718 650 242 E: email@example.com
Geraldine Anslow, Training & Development Manager
Area Covered: North Antrim (Ballymena, Ballymoney & Moyle)
Based At: North Antrim Community Network, Cushendall
Contact Details: T: (028) 2177 2100 M: 07718 650 241 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you be interested in hearing more about how alcohol impacts on our everyday lives, our bodies, and our wellbeing?
The Development & Training Officers can cover a variety of issues depending on the needs of your individual group. All awareness sessions are interactive and include real life and thought provoking examples of the effects of alcohol.
Did you know it is advised that in order to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is not recommended to regularly drink more than 14 units per week?
ALCOHOL AND WEIGHT
One pint of cider contains 210 calories, meaning if you drink two pints you will have consumed roughly the same amount as a take-away quarter pound burger.
ALCOHOL AND COMMON MEDICATIONS
For people taking warfarin and ingesting a few drinks in one sitting the anticlotting effects may be stronger than necessary for medical purposes, placing these people at risk for increased bleeding.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
You can join the network and get involved in a range of ways:
Alcohol Information: looking after an alcohol information point in your local community centre, church or workplace.
Alcohol Awareness: identification of alcohol needs in your own community and helping to meet those needs through engagement with training providers including community trainers.
Alcohol Training: delivering awareness raising sessions to make others more informed of the impacts of alcohol.
1 to 1 Interventions: following appropriate training, deliver alcohol brief interventions and/or other interventions at an individual level.
Resources can be obtained from your local Development & Training Officer.
The three networking events will offer a great opportunity to hear more about the relationship between alcohol and real life issues as well as learning how the ‘Taking the Initiative Network’ can help keep you up-to-date with support and training.
CAUSEWAY AREA: TUESDAY 14 MARCH 2017 @ 7PM—8PM
CAUSEWAY RURAL AND URBAN NETWORK
1 BROOK STREET, COLERAINE, BT52 1PW
SOUTH ANTRIM AREA: THURSDAY 30 MARCH 2017 @ 7PM—8PM
230 ANTRIM ROAD, GLENGORMLEY, BT36 7QX
NORTH ANTRIM AREA: THURSDAY 6 APRIL 2017 @ 7PM—8PM
BALLYGALLY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
264 COAST ROAD, LARNE, BT40 2QZ
These events are designed to increase awareness of the realities of alcohol and are open to anyone with a keen interest in this field on a personal, community or professional setting.