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Public To Be Educated On Alcoholics Anonymous

An event to give the public an insight into the problems of alcoholics has been organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The information evening is part of the district's 'Putting People First' initiative, and will take place on Thursday 07 March at The Braid, Ballymena Town Hall Museum and Arts Centre.

Professional workers and any interested members of the public are encouraged to attend and hear speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups UK and a Healthcare Professional who has experience of working with alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. 

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

There are no dues or fees for AA membership. The organisations are self-supporting through their own contributions.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds regular meetings throughout the area:

• Daily at 8:30pm and some afternoons at The Old Dispensary, 28 Mount Street, Ballymena.

• Tuesdays 8:15pm, The George Sloane Centre, Pennybridge Industrial Estate, Larne Road, Ballymena.

• Mon/Wed/Fri 8pm & Sat 7pm Gloucester Park Day Centre, Gloucester Ave, Larne.

• Tuesdays 8:30pm, Lourdes Recreational Hall, Victoria Avenue, Whitehead

• Thursdays & Sundays 8:30pm, Sunnylands Community Centre, Bridewell Drive, Carrickfergus.

Those needing help are encouraged to contact AA on 028 9035 1222, or email csoofaa@alcoholicsanonymous.ie.
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New GP Contractors For Northland Surgery, Dungannon

A new contractor is set to take over the General Medical Services at Northland Surgery in Dungannon.

All staff positions at the surgery have been secured, as well as the ongoing use of the current premises.

Drs Wray and Johnston will begin their tenure on 01 April 2019, according to the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB).

All patients who require GP care are encouraged to contact the practice as normal, and will receive a letter in due course to inform them of their new GP arrangements.

As with any contract award, searching for a new GP service often involves discussion, clarification and agreement of terms over a period of time. The HSCB has extended its thanks to the patients of the surgery for their patience during the negotiations.

£280K Road Improvement Scheme Due To Begin In West Belfast

A road resurfacing scheme worth £280,000 is due to commence on Monday 25 February.

The works on the busy Ballygomartin Road were planned to improve the strength and surface quality of the road.

A stretch from West Circular Road to Springmartin Road will be affected.

Daily closures will be in place from 9.30am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, until Monday 11 March, when the work is expected to be complete.

Diversionary routes will be clearly signposted and road users are asked to comply with signs and exercise due care and attention in the vicinity of the works.

While access will be maintained for residents, parking will not be permitted on the affected section of Ballygomartin Road while work is ongoing and residents are requested to park outside the works area.


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