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.

Cost of Living Resource

Cost of Living Resource

The Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership have produced this Cost of Living document which details supports available in each of the Health and Social Care Trust areas across Northern Ireland.

Rethink Your Drink: 7 Tips for a Merry, Mindful Christmas

Here are 7 tips for a merry, mindful Christmas. The holiday season is known for joy, celebration, and, for many, a bit of indulgence. However, as the festive season approaches, it’s essential to approach the merriment with mindfulness, especially when it comes to our alcohol consumption. “Rethink Your Drink” is not just a catchy phrase; it’s a call to action for a healthier, happier holiday season.

How ASCERT develop our people

  ASCERT have been an amazing organisation to work for to date. My journey with the charity started in 2020 and I was initially employed as an Administrator, carrying out front of house reception work. Throughout my role at reception, I was able to get to know...

ASCERT Shortlisted in CIPD NI Awards

ASCERT Shortlisted in CIPD NI Awards

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the Best Flexible Working Strategy in the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development Northern Ireland awards ceremony that took place on 12th October in the iconic Titanic Belfast.

Case Study: The Murray Family at Christmas

Case Study: The Murray Family at Christmas

Before ASCERT I was scared for my family’s future. My son battled addiction, I lost my career due to my long term illness meaning our finances were strained and I worried our family wouldn’t have a Christmas. ASCERT offered us hope. They helped us to work through our issues together and provided us with Christmas cheer. I can’t believe the generosity of strangers and what they did for my family by giving us the gift of Christmas”
Mrs Murray, Christmas 2022*


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