Mural bringing ‘Hope’ to Ballymena support group

Thursday 12 October 2017

A new mural hoping to break down stigma associated with substance misuse has been unveiled at Ballymena’s Hope Centre.

Mural bringing ‘Hope’ to Ballymena support group

The project, funded by Mid and East Antrim Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has been installed to get people talking about issues surrounding alcohol and drug misuse.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim also unveiled a new plaque to commemorate the partnership, “It’s been an honour to come here and unveil such a moving and exciting project here at The Hope Centre. I’ve met some wonderful people today who use this invaluable service and heard their emotional stories.

“The Hope Centre is one of the groups involved in my charitable cause this year, ‘Building Stronger People’. Addiction and mental health problems often go hand in hand and we need to ensure we do everything we can to promote what help is out there.

“Our citizens are at the heart of this and we have a duty of care to protect and help those most vulnerable in our society and help them to build a stronger future for themselves and their families.”

Jonathan Hodge, Manager of The Hope Centre said, “As well as supporting people with addictions, part of the work of The Hope Centre is challenging the negative stigma and discrimination often associated with addiction.

“Our new mural installation by street artist EMIC, supported by Mid and East Antrim PCSP, is part of this work and we are delighted with the outcome. The work is based around themes selected by our service users, hope and dignity, and we hope that it will encourage people affected by addictions to take the first steps towards recovery.

“We would like to thank the PCSP for supporting the project, as well as the Big Lottery Fund for their ongoing support of our work, particularly with older people who took part in this project.”

If you are suffering through addiction and would like to contact The Hope Centre you can call 028 2563 2726 or email

More information on the Mayor’s Charitable Cause ‘Building Stronger People’ can be found on the Mayor's Office section of the website.