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

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

What's New

Welcome to the What’s New section of the ASCERT website.

Here you will find all of the latest news and updates from our organisation, along with listings of events and activities we are planning, attending or profiling that may be of interest.

You can also check out our Blogs section which contains interesting, informative and engaging personal perspective pieces from a range of contributors who are either directly connected to ASCERT, or whom are like us, keen to impart knowledge and experiences that may support others to address alcohol and/or drug related harm and support positive change.

You may also like to visit the Training section of this website for a full listing of available training courses and programmes.

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.

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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...

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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.”

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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.

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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...

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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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The Reality of Balance

The Reality of Balance

Jennie Boyle shares her thoughts on achieving a work life balance   This week 10th- 15th October marks Work Life Balance week. It has me thinking a lot about where I work now and comparing it to environments past. The pandemic (yes we are still talking about it)...

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Alcohol and Caffeinated Drinks

Alcohol and Caffeinated Drinks

Have you heard about the highly sugared and caffeinated strong alcoholic drinks which NIADA believe are being targeted at our teenagers and young adults today? With an alcohol content of up to 8% per can and caffeine levels more than a double espresso– it’s a...

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Has the pandemic changed how we work?

Has the pandemic changed how we work?

  It is obvious we have all changed how we work within the last year and for ASCERTs recent staff meeting each service was asked to give a short update on how they have adapted and changed their work within that period, highlighting their achievements and...

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Alcohol and Cold Weather

Alcohol and Cold Weather

Why you have to be extra careful if you’re out drinking alcohol in freezing temperatures. The cold weather is definitely setting in again, but that doesn’t mean social lives have ground to a halt. However, if your destination is the pub or a club and you’re drinking...

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Online Parent Support Group

Online Parent Support Group

Our Parent/Carer Support Programme is open again for registration. It will commence on 28th October at 7-8:30pm. It will take place every Tuesday for 6 weeks via Zoom. The programme is aimed at parents /carers of young people aged 11 – 15yrs and is FREE to join. This...

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OUR UPCOMING TRAINING EVENTS

See all our training courses

november, 2022

02nov10:0013:00Understanding Alcohol 02/11/2022

07nov10:0013:00Understanding Prescription& OTC Drugs 07/11/2022

07nov10:0013:00Understanding Prescription& OTC Drugs 14/12/2022

10nov10:0013:00Safeguarding Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse 10/11/2022

14nov(nov 14)10:0015(nov 15)13:00Conversation on Recovery- Beginning Change 14th&15th November 2022

17nov10:0013:00Understanding Illicit Drugs 17/11/2022

22nov(nov 22)10:0023(nov 23)13:00Working With Young People & Substance Misuse 22nd & 23rd November 2022

24nov(nov 24)10:0025(nov 25)13:00Conversation on Recovery- Maintaining Change 24th&25th November 2022

29nov(nov 29)10:0030(nov 30)13:00Parental Substance Misuse 29th & 30th November 2022

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