Based in Northern Ireland, Buff’s full-time job is as Co-ordinator of the Drugs Accommodation Support Project with Extern in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Buff works with people who inject heroin and who are homeless, helping them gain access to hostel accommodation and other services.
The hostel project is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and people are not excluded from the project for using heroin. This is due to a unique protocol that has been agreed by the Police, Public Prosecution Service, Housing Executive, NHS and Public Health Agency. Developing the project and securing this innovative multi-sectoral partnership around the management of homeless active heroin users has been a key achievement for Buff and for other involved partners.
Buff has worked with the National Health Service (NHS) in Belfast helping establish the first harm reduction outreach service there. Buff is also a partner in the Northern Ireland based training company U-Turn Training, which has developed an opiate overdose application for smartphones.
Buff has a long history of community organising around a number of political and social issues in the midst of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. This period saw paramilitary groups targeting people who use drugs and Buff learned key skills that he shares as Coact’s security expert.