Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting, Health and Community Committee
Monday 10 May 2021 4.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


The Director of Health and Community read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.



Member Attendance and Apologies


The Director of Health and Community recorded Members attendance. No apologies were received.




Statement for Remote Meetings


The Chairman read the statement for remote meetings.



Declarations of Members' Interests


Councillor Reilly declared a pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 6 as a member of staff at the Alzheimer’s Society.


Councillor Duffy declared a pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 6 as an employee of First Housing.


Open for Decision


Chairperson's Business


There was no Chairperson’s Business.


To receive an outline of services provided within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area relating to addiction and drug users including enforcement (as agreed at HC109/21 and relating to Council Motion C153/21 and Committee Resolution HC40/21)


The Chair noted apologies given by the following representatives, who were unable to attend the meeting:


§     Mr Tommy Canning, Northlands.  He advised that Ms Nuala Hegarty would make representations on his behalf.

§     Ms Karen O’Brien, Director of Adult Mental Health and Disability Services, WHSCT

The Chair welcomed the  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC12/21


Mr Liam Dunne, Head of Service, Western Health and Social Care Trust pdf icon PDF 493 KB


Mr Dunne, Head of Service at the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) presented a brief overview to Members regarding addiction services throughout the Trust area.  He stated that core services received approximately 2,500 referrals per year with a nine week waiting target to action those referrals.  He noted  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC12/21a


Ms Denise McCallion, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager, Public Health Agency pdf icon PDF 1 MB


Ms McCallion thanked Members for the opportunity to present to the Committee in relation to the PHA commissioned alcohol and drugs services across the Western Trust area.  She highlighted the strategic framework that the organisation worked towards regarding drugs and alcohol misuse.   She further highlighted the key services commissioned by  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC12/21b


Mr Dessie Kyle, Manager, HURT pdf icon PDF 179 KB


Mr Kyle referred to the presentation from the Western Trust and stated that he had worked with addiction and HURT for over twenty years and was unaware of the extensive range of services available provided by the Trust.  He stated that this reinforced the call for more collaboration between community  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC12/21c


Ms Nuala Hegarty, Northlands


Ms Hegarty presented a short video to the Committee that illustrated the work carried out by Northlands Addiction Treatment Centre.  She stated that they believed there was a perception within the community that services, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, were not available.  Therefore, it was important to let people know  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC12/21d


Mr Liam Stewart, Founder, Heal the Hurt


Mr Stewart stated that Heal the Hurt had been operating for approximately 5 years as a registered charity.  He advised that they have received no government funding or any assistance from other organisations.  He stated that at Heal the Hurt there was no appointment required to access the service.  He  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC13/21


Ms Barbara McAtamney, Head of Crime and Community Safety, Department of Justice


After the short recess the Chair invited Ms McAtamney to present to

the Committee.

Ms McAtamney advised the Committee that the Department of Justice (DoJ) was aware that drug use was one of the key drivers in relation to crime.  She stated that it could also impact on  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC14/21


William Calderwood, Chief Inspector, PSNI


Chief Inspector Calderwood stated that he was recently appointed as the new Chief Inspector and the Vulnerability Lead for the Derry and Strabane area.  He stated that it was clear from the previous speakers that drugs and alcohol presented a real danger within communities.  He stated that as the new  ...  view the full minutes text for item SHC15/21