Minister for Health Promotion and National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne, came to open the new building for the Foróige CÚIS project based in Balbriggan, along with many public representatives from the area.
The project, which is funded by the North Dublin Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, is a free and confidential service for young people aged 10-24.
The project covers Balbriggan and surrounding areas, such as Skerries, Naul, Garristown, Lusk and Rush. Staff based in Skerries are in Mourne community centre on Wednesdays, in Rush they are based in Martin’s Shop on Thursdays and are hoping to have a base in Lusk for a half day a week, from September onwards.
The CÚIS Project aims fo provide specific skills based drug intervention programmes for young people, whose substance use is problematic or dependant. Alongside this there is also one on one and group interventions and social activities in their local area.
Speaking to the County Leader, social worker with CÚIS, Lindsay Wallace described the service, when she said, “The CÚIS project is a support service for young people under 25 years who need additional support in relation to their substance misuse or a family member’s substance misuse. We work in a one to one or group capacity. The project uses a number of other methods of substance misuse interventions.”
She concluded, “The staff in the CÚIS project are so proud of our clients past and present and especially those who represented the project on the opening day.”