Northstar Family Support Project encourages anyone interested to come along to the 13th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope. The service pictured above in 2017.
The service is aimed to spread support and highlight drug misuse in the country
By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon
The Northstar Family Support Project will be hosting its annual flagship event, Service of Commemoration and Hope, on the evening of Thursday, October 6 2022 at the Augustinian Church, O’Connell Street, Limerick at 7pm.
Northstar Family Support Project is a community-based project providing non-judgmental, respectful support to people over the age of 18 who are affected by and trying to cope with a family member’s substance misuse, throughout the Limerick region. Northstar Family Support Project was established in 2008 in response to the growing need for support for families dealing with substance misuse within the family system.
Northstar offer one on one support, peer and educational groups, access to counselling and other holistic therapies. The focus of these interventions is to provide space and time for families to work through the different feelings they are experiencing and to look at the ways they are responding to their loved ones and how those actions are affecting them and other family members. The charity does this work by providing one on one support, information, stress management, peer-led support groups, access to counselling, holistic therapies, etc. They provide time and space for families to speak freely without judgement.
Joe Slattery, Coordinator of Northstar Family Support Project stated, “This year the Northstar Family Support Project will host its 13th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope. We are delighted that the service will return to its home in the Augustinian Church, O’Connell Street, Limerick, and we hope that past and present participants of our service, partner organisations, families and individuals who have lost loved ones to addiction will join us at 7pm, Thursday 6 October 2022 at the Augustinians, for what is always a very special and moving service.
“The service is an opportunity for connection and reflection. If you have lost a loved one to addiction you are not alone in your pain. This service allows us to come together to support each other and highlight that substance misuse is a national issue.
“We were forced to move the Service of Commemoration and Hope to an online format during the pandemic, so this year is extra special, returning to its original home and allowing us to come together once again.
“Indeed, the theme of this years’ service ‘Colour Your Own Rainbow,’ developed by our Steering Committee, reflects the isolation and darkness of addiction, exacerbated even more during the pandemic, and the rainbow of hope that follows through support and help.”
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