Funding cuts ‘will put strain’ on Cookstown alcohol and drugs project TIPSA

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A Cookstown charity which helps around 1,000 people every year to deal with problems relating to alcohol and drugs abuse, has told the MAIL it may have to reduce its operating hours due to wide ranging cuts in government funding.

While TIPSA insisted it will still be in existence this time next year, its Project Co-Ordinator Martin McCann said changes to the way funding is delivered to community health organisations have “put a strain” on how they are able to continue carrying out their vital work.

The TIPSA team Eugene O'Goan and Marty McCann

The TIPSA team Eugene O'Goan and Marty McCann

Martin pledged that TIPSA will still be there to offer help and advice to people of all ages and deliver its services to the local community by working with individuals, youth groups, sporting organisations and churches.

“We do pride ourselves on being a local project and being able to deal with people on a local level”, Martin continued.

Funding applications are currently being prepared for tender by Martin and the others who work and volunteer with TIPSA, with decisions on how much money will be available to them expected by around June.

Listen to Martin’s interview with the MAIL here.