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Advice and Support Available as Part of Alcohol Awareness Week

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, has said being aware of recommended limits and the effects of alcohol, and education around the potential dangers of alcohol, is extremely important.

The message comes as part of Alcohol Awareness Week, which takes place from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th June. It is supported by the Public Health Agency and the five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams and centres around encouraging people to take a closer look at their drinking habits by counting their units to see if they’re staying within the recommended weekly limits.

Mayor Warke said that taking some time to evaluate personal alcohol consumption is recommended.

“Many people like to enjoy alcohol in moderation, but sometimes it can be very easy to find yourself consuming more than is recommended without even realising.

“This can have a negative impact on both mental and physical health, so it’s hugely important that everyone consuming alcohol is aware of the legal age, the recommended limits and is checking in on how that measures up with their own habits.

“The stresses and challenges of the past 16 months, and how much we have all been staying at home, may have led to some people drinking more alcohol than they typically would have before, so Alcohol Awareness Week this year is a particularly good opportunity to pick up a few helpful tips on how you can make small changes that will have a big difference in ensuring you can enjoy alcohol safely and in moderation.”

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Mayor Encourages Local Women to Get Involved in She Shed Programme

Alderman Graham Warke, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council pictured with staff and funders during his visit to the 4R’s-New2You She Shed at Pennyburn. Photo Credit: Martin McKeown.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, visited the New2You Centre in Pennyburn this week to launch the She Shed Programme, which provides construction courses for local women.

In partnership with the Housing Executive and funded by their Social Enterprise Strategy, She Shed will include six-week courses in upcycling, joinery, and household electrical maintenance.

The innovative female empowerment programme also involves a link up with local schools, highlighting the construction sector to females as one with future employment opportunities. Some local construction and IT firms will also provide those taking part with information on careers in their respective sectors.

Mayor Warke said that the programm​e is an excellent opportunity for local women to take that first step in learning more about careers in which females would not typically be strongly represented.

“I’m really impressed with the She Shed initiative. It’s a great chance for females who may be unsure about breaking into trades such as construction to learn more about the skills involved and what jobs are on offer.

“Sometimes making that first step can be the hardest one, but this programme empowers women and massively builds their confidence and their skills base. They can learn alongside like-minded, driven people.

“I’d strongly encourage anyone who sees the courses available and thinks it might be for them to get in touch and get yourself signed up.”

Eddie Doherty, Area Manager of The Housing Executive, said: “The She Shed engages females from Housing Executive communities in creative community upcycling activities and other useful classes.  This helps build confidence and connection among women who may otherwise never meet or who may not have considered personal development.  For this reason, the Housing Executive is delighted to support this community programme under its Social Enterprise Plus Programme.”

The programme will be overseen by Nuala Griffiths, General Manager of New2You. Nuala has a background in the construction sector and explained that the programme is a way to support and encourage women from all backgrounds and show them there are training and education opportunities open to them.

“With courses in upcycling, joinery and household electrical maintenance we feel there is a great range there that will interest a lot of local women who have perhaps often thought about pursuing a career in these areas.

“At the She Shed programme we have a safe environment where all of our participants can learn more about the skills involved and about the jobs and opportunities that could be available to them down the line.”

To sign up, email info@newtoyou.org  or telephone 02871360453. Courses cost just £30 for 6 weeks.

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Mayor seeks submissions for public Thank You to frontline workers

Derry City and Strabane District Council has put a call out seeking submissions for the creation, delivery and production of piece of physical artwork or an activity aimed at acknowledging the efforts of health workers and other frontline service staff during the pandemic.

As society plans some tentative steps back towards life as we knew it pre-Covid, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke, is keen to show the city and district’s support and respect to key staff service staff after the difficult 2020/21 years.

This Mayoral initiative is aimed at acknowledging the commitment of workers across all frontline services and to also look ahead with hope and positivity for the future.

The theme of the initiative is one of Thanks, recognising the contribution that the frontline service staff has made, the role they played but while also remembering the hardships and suffering the community has gone through. 

Artists and community groups and initiatives are being encouraged to submit their ideas on how this can be done.

Encouraging applications, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke said he was looking forward to seeing a diverse range of ideas. “Basically we are seeking proposals that will link with the overall theme. It can be anything from an installation, an experience or animation that will fit the message and also showcase the artist. This is a hugely exciting project and one which I am really pleased to be involved with. I am looking forward to seeing what type of submissions we receive and to hopefully be in a position to announce details of the successful applicant later this year.”

For further details of the specification and the selection criteria for the submission and to obtain an application form and more details please email mayor@derrystrabane.com.

In addition to a series of specified criteria, the budget for this initiative is set at £3,000 from the Mayor’s Budget. It is anticipated that the piece must be installed and completed during the current Mayor’s term of office.

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