Foyle Haven was a winner in the 2011 GSK IMPACT Awards. The charity provides a safe, accessible centre for street drinkers. It helps them get the support they need to minimise the damage from alcohol and get their life back on track.
Programmes help drinkers overcome some of the underlying symptoms of addiction, such depression and low self-esteem. It helps with personal care, providing nutritious meals, and meeting a range of physical and mental health needs.
Foyle Haven has achieved a 50 per cent reduction in visits to A&E by street drinkers in Derry. Through working in partnership with other local agencies, it has also contributed to making Derry almost free of rough sleepers.
Over the last two years, Foyle Haven has worked with 80 individuals on 12,000 occasions and its health workers have facilitated over 700 medical interventions, including registrations with GPs and referrals to treatment centres.