Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.

Accessibility & Site Map


ASCERT is fully committed to doing all we can to provide information on our activities and services, alcohol and drugs information and more general associated information on wellbeing to as many people as possible.

This website is only one of the many means ASCERT utilises to communicate information to others. We also provide information in print, digital and video formats and ASCERT colleagues can also be reached via telephone, email or in person at any of ASCERT’s office locations. Please visit the Contact Us section (hyperlinked) of this website for details on how to communicate directly with a member of the ASCERT team.

ASCERT is also committed to making this website as accessible and the information it contains as accessible as possible.

Alternative Text for Images

We use images on this website to either provide a visual reference that links to the nature of the text content on the page (i.e. a photograph of a young person on a page relating to young people’s services), or that supplements the text information on the page (i.e. a diagram to provide a graphical representation of some piece of information).

As standard we try to incorporate an ‘alt text tags’ with all images used on the site that will provide a concise and clear description of the nature and content of the image displayed.


Use of Hyperlinks

Hyperlinked text is intended to aid website visitor’s navigation around the ASCERT website, or on occasion to direct them to information outside of the ASCERT website that is relevant to the information being imparted on that page of the website. We strive to ensure that all hyperlinks contained on the ASCERT website use meaningful text to give a clear description of what is being linked to.

Text Size

The text on this website has been styled using a non-fixed value in a style sheet. This means that users can easily change the text size using their browser settings. You can resize the text by using the Text resize tool in the top right of each webpage. It looks like this: A A A

Alternatively, using your keyboard on a PC:

  1. Hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘+’ to enlarge.
  2. Hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key and press ‘-‘ to reduce.
  3. To reset hold down ‘Ctrl’ and press ‘0’.

On an Apple Macintosh computer, hold the ‘Cmd’ (Apple) key instead of ‘Ctrl’

Use of Plain English & Video Content

To further aid accessibly to and understanding of content provided on the ASCERT website, we strive to only provide content on this website which is clear, concise and jargon-free.

When using an acronym (a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word), we will always ensure that we include the full name, phrase or series of words on the first occasion that we use that acronym on a page.

If it is necessary to use a term or phrase that may not be in common usage, we will endeavour to give a definition and/or explanation of it.

We are mindful that some of our website visitors might also have literacy issues, so where we can, we endeavour to provide a range of content in visual/diagrammatic/video form throughout this website to supplement or act as a substitute for text content.


The list below will give you an idea of the main sections on the ASCERT website. You can also use the Search function on this website to try to locate the information you are seeking.


If you still cannot find what you are looking for, then you can email: (hyperlinked)

For other ways to contact us, visit the Contact Us section (hyperlinked) of this website.

Well done ASCERT Training Team

Well done ASCERT Training Team

ASCERT has been a registered centre for the delivery of accredited training by the Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland for many years.  The most popular training course for our learners is the Level 3 Tackling Substance Misuse; a course provided free of charge to frontline staff and volunteers as part of our Workforce Development Programme funded by the Public Health Agency.

How to keep change going

How to keep change going

We have added a new video to our suite of self-care resources. Making changes in your life can take a lot of effort. Whether it is improving your mental or physical wellbeing, reducing your alcohol intake, exercise, diet, it can be hard to do, and although you may be...

ASCERT Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training for HR and Line Managers

ASCERT Drug & Alcohol Awareness Training for HR and Line Managers

ASCERT’s Training Manager Colin Robinson explains “This is a new and exciting development within our Training Service provision. We have been delivering training predominantly for practitioners within the statutory & voluntary sectors for many years, helping those who work with people affected by substance use to better support their clients and service users. However, our more recent work with trade unions brought us to the realisation that there was a gap in knowledge about drugs and alcohol and how to support employees who are experiencing challenges at work as a result of their substance misuse.”

ASCERT attains Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

ASCERT attains Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

Cyber Essentials is a government backed scheme providing organisations with the knowledge and verification to implement best practice to protect their data, networks and digital assets from cyber attack.
There are two levels of accreditation – Cyber Essentials and the more advanced, Cyber Essentials Plus. The Plus accreditation provides additional assurance that certified organisations have independently verified cyber security measures adhering to the latest best practice guidelines.

ASCERT Staff Day Celebrating IIP Gold

ASCERT Staff Day Celebrating IIP Gold

ASCERT STAFF DAY 2022 It was amazing to meet as a full staff team for the first time in 2 years! The noise of chatting and laughter was great to hear as we took time to bond as a team. We are very thankful to Geoff's energy as he guided us through a creative morning...

Alcohol Related Deaths Increasing

Alcohol Related Deaths Increasing

By Gary McMichael, ASCERT CEO Northern Ireland has recorded its highest number of deaths due to alcohol in 20 years of official statistics. In 2020, Northern Ireland also had the second highest rate of deaths per 100,000 in the UK, according to the Office of National...


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