Civic Alcohol & Drugs Forum

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Following consultation and discussion with our partners and relevant agencies the Civic Forum was created. It was agreed that the values and guiding principles of the Civic Forum would include:

  • Building a vision of collective responsibility among the wider community in relation to alcohol and drugs. This would include taking a lead in a cultural shift in attitudes;
  • Creating the space for all engaged in alcohol and drugs services and provisions to understand their role in the ‘bigger picture’;


  • Ensuring that the Forum takes account of and builds on the very good work on Alcohol and Drugs which is currently being done by a range of agencies in the district;
  • Takes an inclusive approach to the engagement of all sectors in addressing the challenges of alcohol and drugs in the district including the civic leadership, community, statutory and private sectors.
  • Puts in place an effective communication structure, one which places cultural attitudes to the fore. There is a need to make the most of existing resources and avoid duplication.





 Best Served with Water Campaign


Newry & Mourne Civic Alcohol and Drugs Forum would like to encourage you to consume a glass of water for each alcoholic drink you choose to consume!



Full On Life campaign

To profile members of the community who were living life to the full and providing an inspiration to others. The Full on Life campaign will be running on the Newry & Mourne Facebook page and is beginning by profiling the heroic efforts of local man Dermot Mathers in the run up to his Treadmill World record attempt





Team 100 Campaign

This aims to sign up 100 people across the district committed to making three small changes in their lifestyles to improve their life expectation and quality of life. The Team 100 programme is part of the March 2012,’Give It A Go,’ campaign being rolled out in partnership with the Public Health Agency, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and Local Government. This campaign is a way to get linked in with services and programmes in your area that are there to do you good. The Council is working closely with the Health Services and other organisations to ensure that everyone has the chance to live well. Whether it’s smoking, exercise, mental health or diet, Team 100 wants to hear from you!


Dogs on the Street Compaign

Dogs on the Street As part of its strategy to tackle drug dealing in the area Newry and Mourne Policing and Community Safety Partnership have launched an awareness campaign to encourage members of the public to report suspected drug dealing in their areas.



For More Information

If you would like more information about the forum please contact;

Lorraine O'Reilly -Health Improvement Worker/ Inequalities Newry & Mourne District Council on 028 3031 3127 or email

Siobhan Fearon - Newry & Mourne District Council on 028 3031 3073 or email

Patricia Hamiliton- Newry & Mourne District Council on 028 3031 3071 or email

Marion Fitzpatrick - Newry & Mourne District Council by email

Deirdre Magill - BME Drug and Alcohol Worker, Southern Trust by email