Changing Lives NI

Changing Lives NI

The benefits flowing from Changing Lives NI's purposes are: (1) By raising awareness of the dangers of substance misuse, addictions and their links to mental health issues, members of the public will have an increased awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms associated with these problems; they will be informed of how they can help themselves and/or others suffering from such problems and/or will have knowledge of where they can go to seek appropriate help. (2) Through the advancement of education, children and young people whose mainstream education has been affected by substance misuse, addictions or mental health illnesses will be offered opportunities to take part in education and training to help them overcome their problems and equip them with skills and knowledge to become valuable contributors to their communities. (3) By relieving the needs of individuals and families suffering as a result of substance misuse, addictions and/or poor mental health, through counselling and medical intervention by appropriately qualified professionals, families of sufferers are given respite from the challenges they face caring for someone suffering with such afflictions and the patients are given appropriate physical, medical and psychological help and support to help them heal and overcome their problems. (4) By preventing or relieving poverty of individuals and their families through the provision of welfare benefit advice, families suffering financial hardship as a result of substance misuse, addictions or poor mental health have their financial circumstances improved, thus alleviating the stress caused by financial hardship and improving the quality of life for sufferers and their families. The benefits can be identified by the number of patients attending for rehabilitation, feedback from beneficiaries and partner agencies and internal reports. There is no harm flowing from our purposes. The beneficiaries are residents of Northern Ireland and those travelling from the Republic of Ireland to access our services. Some trustees may be able to benefit through payment for the provision of services to the charity. It is essential that the board of trustees has suitably qualified individuals sitting on the board to help advise regarding the provision of services and needs of our beneficiaries. This private benefit is incidental and necessary for this reason. Additionally, our Constitution contains a safeguard restricting the number of trustees who can benefit in this way and they cannot take part in any discussions regarding payment for their services.

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