Addiction NI is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the Barclays 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme.
The funded project will allow Addiction NI to support individuals aged 50+ impacted by alcohol use and family members affected by ones drinking across the Western and Belfast Trust areas, some of which live in the most rural and urban areas of high deprivation that our hardest to reach.
With this funding, Addiction NI will be able to sustain, progress and grow capacity to deliver on this vital piece of work using their current and ever growing virtual support platforms. Addiction NI will be able to put support in place for individuals over 50 and concerned family members who have been impacted by an individual’s drinking. The project will allow Addiction NI to continue to network with partnership agencies and accept referrals across the Belfast and Western Trust areas of work.
Through support, Addiction NI staff will promote and boost lone self-management coping strategies, increasing resilience, self-confidence and equip all individuals with the skills and necessary tools so that they can make better life choices surrounding alcohol use and transition into more universal support services if needed.
Alex Bunting, Group Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services said: “The Barclays 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Programme is allowing us to continue our work with over 50s, supporting those most vulnerable in our communities. Every day, we see positive changes in those we work with, reductions in their alcohol use through engagement in our therapeutic interventions and building long lasting connections through our services.
“The clients we support tell us they have a reduction in feelings of loneliness, isolation. A reduction in anxiety and an increase in their sense of purpose and belonging.
“The support we provide is unique to each individual’s situation and with the donation from Barclays, we can continue to equip individuals with the skills and tools to promote their recovery.
Adrian Doran, Head of Barclays NI, said: “This crisis has had a significant impact across Northern Ireland and we know this is an incredibly challenging time for many. By reaching those most in need of support, Addiction NI has played a vital role in this crisis, and continues to do so. At Barclays we are doing everything we can for our customers, clients and colleagues to help them through this pandemic. We are therefore delighted to support charities in our local communities to help them amplify their vital work and support more people as the crisis develops.”