“Addiction wants you alone and dead. And it’s the same mentality regardless of what you’re addicted to, whether it’s drugs, alcohol, food, whatever. That’s how my addiction was. I’d use alone and have suicidal thoughts. Now I’m in college and the world is my oyster.”

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Our Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Programme is a key resource for young adults who are at risk of becoming, or who have already become homeless. In 2017 we supported 40 men and 16 women through our Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Programme. The Programme works specifically with 18 – 26 year olds – young adults that have little or no direction in their lives, often have poor or no relations with their families and have little life experience to call on.

Throughout 2017, the Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Programme supported 56 young people – 30% were women; 70% were men.

Supported by the Cork Education and Training Board (formerly Cork VEC) and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Programme offers people one-to-one support and referrals to a variety of other agencies and organisations, advocating on their behalf where necessary.