Monday, 19 October 2009

Short Strand Drug Awareness Group takes to the streets

The Short Strand Drug Awareness Group was out in force last Thursday evening to distribute their latest update bulletin to every home in the area.

I, along with a number of other Sinn Féin activists joined them in helping to get the leaflets out.

Formed in 2001 the SSDAG has done some brilliant work within the community, working with the local schools as well as the Doyle Youth Club. Many young people have passed through their courses and training programmes since it began it’s work.

The Group has recently undergone a bit of a rejuvenation and Thursday night’s leaflet drop was part of that.

Like most area’s in Ireland, the Short Strand has a drug problem, it isn’t huge, it isn’t spiralling out of control, but it’s there.

The work of the SSDAG is vital in a community like ours; it highlights the issues and gives people who are suffering, or fearful or concerned about a loved one, a place to go for help, assistance and support.

I’m very proud to assist the SSDAG with it’s work and I wish them all the best for the work they have ahead of them in the time ahead.

Pictured distributing the SSDAG update leaflet in the Strand is myself with Mick O'Donnell from the Drug Awareness Group

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