Communities Leading Change Participatory Budgeting campaign, gave residents in the Newry, Mourne & Down District an opportunity to decide which projects they would like to see funded to address an issue in their local area. 

In November 2018 via the pilot Youth Leading Change, 24 groups submitted a project idea for a short videos to address these highlighted issues for the benefit youth in the district. Over 2000 votes were cast online and Clanrye Group's BASE project was one of 15 successful bids. 

BASE - Be Aware Support Educate is a short video aimed at increasing young people's awareness of drugs and mental health. It was produced by Slack Press and our Regener8 participants have done an amazing job as the actors in the video.

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Speaking about the project, Dara O'Hagan (Manager of Youth & Family Service at Clanrye Group) stated,

"Young people’s Mental Health and Drug usage are a major concern in Newry, Mourne and Down. As Manager of Youth and Family Service in Clanrye, I am very aware of the reality that young people in our district face, the ease of access to drugs, the threat of date rape and the poor mental health due to lack of known supports. This project will aim to raise the awareness of young people to the dangers of drugs, the isolation and exclusion they cause, the damage to relationships, the consequences and finally the supports in their area to help them overcome."

Funding was provided by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Southern Trust, South Eastern Trust, NI Housing Executive, Department for Communities and were supported by County Down Rural Community Network and Confederation for Community Groups. This project was also part funded by International Fund for Ireland (Rural Action).

We would like to thank PIPS Hope and Support, Davina's Ark, Dunlewey, PSNI, Magnet Centre, Simon Community, St. Oliver Plunkets Youth Group and Threeways Community Organisation for taking part in the video and for helping to bring it all to life.

A very special thank you goes out to Slack Press who produced the video, our Regener8 participants who were our bright shining stars and our staff who worked exceptionally hard to bring it all together.

We hope you enjoy it.