Local Projects In Your Area

DermotMcDonoughDermot Mc Donough is the Support Worker funded by the NWRDATF in White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre who manages and implements programmes for residential aftercare. Whiteoaks provides a 37 day residential treatment programme based on the Minnesota Model for people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Through one to one counselling, group therapy, lectures and spiritual practices, individuals are encouraged to live creative, productive happy lives. Individuals commit to a weekly aftercare programme when they leave treatment. The centre also provides family therapy while the client is in treatment. Dermot can be contacted on: 086 2537993 / derms69@gmail.com / whiteoaksrehabcentre@hotmail.com.
Foroige were awarded with the tenders to provide youth drug and alcohol workers for Counties Sligo and Leitrim and Donegal (funded by the NWRDTF). Grainne Duignan(Leitrim) and Aimee Flynn(Sligo) and Cara Currid (Donegal) are responsible for developing and supporting a community wide approach to drugs education ensuring the involvement of young people and their parents in the design and delivery of drug education progammes.

Aimee can be contacted on: 086 2316303/aimee.flynn@foroige.ie/Grainne can be contacted on 0861702340/ grainne.wynne@foroige.ie. Cara can be contacted on 0860481977/cara.currid.@foroige.ie.

Mary Healy is the Outreach Worker based in Letterkenny CDP who engages with drug/alcohol mis-users between 18 and 30 to help them access treatment through existing services and initiate community based programmes of care to reduce the harm caused by drug/alcohol misuse. The overall aim is to address a common trend in recent years of the number of young adults who have become poly drugs users in Letterkenny and surrounding areas, using a more flexible community based holistic approach. Letterkenny CDP has also been funded to make provision for an holistic therapy service programme in conjunction with existing services and organisations, initiating new avenues to treatment and rehabilitation. Referrals are accepted from GP's, addiction services, community and voluntary groups. Mary can be contacted on 086 7752142 or by email on maryechealy@gmail.com
The aim of the project is to increase the awareness of substance misuse among the communities of Cranmore and the North Ward and to assist individuals, families and these communities in reducing the harms caused by alcohol and drug use. Client Groups: Adult drug users, recovering/stabilised drug users, families of drug users and community residents. Contact: Darren O'Brien, Cranmore Co-Op, Sligo Mobile: 087 7878355 Email: darrenobriencranmore@gmail.com or Mark Askey, Northside Resource Centre, Forthhill, Sligo Tel: 071 9147097, Mobile: 087 2208602 Email: markaskeynorthside@gmail.com
Leonard Taylor has been appointed as the Substance Misuse Worker for the homeless in Sligo based in Sligo Social Services. Leonard works with homeless drug and alcohol users and links them with mainstream and specialist services in order to sustain them in accommodation. Part of his role involves increasing the knowledge and understanding of the service among relevant agencies in Sligo and promotes referrals and service integration. Ceramic classes and organic gardening classes have been successfully undertaken by a number of clients to date which are proving to be extremely popular and beneficial to all those involved. For more information on this service, please contact Sligo Social Services on: 071 9145682
SFP programme and facilitators who have been trained by the course developers (Dr K Kumpfer, Dr H Whiteside)

SFP programme and facilitators who have been trained by the course developers (Dr K Kumpfer, Dr H Whiteside)

SFP programme and facilitators who have been trained by the course developers (Dr K Kumpfer, Dr H Whiteside)[/caption] The Strengthening Families Programme is an evidence based life skills training programme. It emphasises the critical role of families in prevention and reducing risk. It is designed to build on protective factors by improving family relationships, parenting skills and improving young people's social and life skills. It also reduces the risk factors for behavioural, emotional, academic and social problems. The programme is available to families experiencing difficulties who would like family life to be less stressful and more rewarding and who are also open to trying new skills to tackle old issues and problems. The NWAF Ltd is the lead organisation in bringing this programme to the north west. The Coordinator of the programme is Donna Butler and she can be contacted on: 074 9125596/sfp@nwaf.ie
The North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (NWRDATF) in partnership with Donegal Education & Training Board (Donegal ETB) offer a variety of courses in drug and alcohol related training. The courses on offer are best suited to those in the following areas: social care, family support, employment support, vocational training, criminal justice, probation, education, housing support and general health care services, among others. Please note that there is the option of requesting tailored “ in-service’ training for services and organisations - requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability where possible. Please contact Christina McEleney-Murray on 087 9369312 for further information
The aim of the service is to engage Young Traveller Men in developing a programme which aims to address their needs in relation to Education and Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation programmes Client Groups: Prisoners and recovering prisoners, recovering/stabilised substance misusers and families of substance misusers Contact: Bernadette Maughan, Sligo Traveller Support Group, 1a St. Anne’s, Sligo Tel: 071 9145780 Email: stsg@eircom.net
The aim of the programme is to promote the value of education among the Traveller Community of Ballyfree to support young people to reach their full potential by modifying drug and alcohol misuse by providing a safe, consistent environment where young people and their families can learn to deal with these issues on an ongoing basis. The Project Coordinator for the programmes above, Bernadette Maughan of Sligo Travellers Support Group can be contacted on 071 9145780
Parent Stop is a free confidential support to parents that offers one to one support sessions, a drop in service, and a telephone support service as well as parenting support group work. The service is for all parents in Donegal who need support. Amongst other supports Parentstop offers a listening ear, signposting to other services;advocacy support and networking opportunities. The service is offered in Letterkenny and Inishowen. Project Coordinator is Patricia Lee and she can be contact on:0879880476

Community Employment (CE) is an employment programme funded by the Department of Social Protection. The aim of CE is to support people who have been long term unemployed to return to work by providing participants with work placements and training opportunities.

There are 10 places earmarked for individuals recovering from substance misuse and referred to a place on CE. Each participant will be supported by the CE Supervisor and by Sligo Social Services, Substance Misuse Worker on their individual journey on the programme.

1. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in project work placements and work experience opportunities in Sligo. Individual Learner Plans will be developed by the participant and the CE Supervisor to give the opportunity to work towards a range of learning options from Major Awards to industry based awards.
2. Participants are employed on a part-time basis (19.5hrs per week). The rate of payment for new applicants based on 19.5 hours worked will be the equivalent to your existing DSP payment plus a €22.50 participation bonus with a minimum payment of €210.50.
3. Through work placement and training, participants can enhance existing skills and/or develop new skills in an employment area which they have no previous experience or training in.
4. Participants are supported to progress into main stream employment or education during/after their CE placement.

Sligo referral places are open for application.

For further information about the referral procedure, please contact Catherine Young, Sligo CE Scheme: 071 9149895/catherine@sligosocialservices.ie/Margaret Toner, Donegal CE Scheme on: 0868262330 email cdpcerehab@gmail.com/Majella Greene, Leitrim Scheme: rossinvercerehabilitation@gmail.com

Assertive Outreach Worker, Nth Leitrim, Sth Donegal
The aim of the project is to provide up to date advice and information on drug and alcohol use & misuse to over 18's including users and to those in the community. Client groups: men & womens' groups in Nth Leitrim, Sth Donegal, primary care teams, AA & NA across the region. Contact Details: Damien Daly, Outreach Worker, Ph: 087 7010520

NWRDATF funds projects in Donegal, Sligo & Leitrim. See the information above for more details or download our leaflets for Donegal Projects and Sligo/Leitrim Projects.