Dermot 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/

Foroige were awarded with the tenders to provide youth drug and alcohol workers for Counties Sligo and Leitrim and Donegal (funded by the NWRDTF) Jack Cavaliero  (Leitrim) and Katie Murtagh (Sligo) and Lauren Cleary (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.

Lauren can be contacted on: 086 0481977/

Katie can be contacted on: 086 2316303/

Jack can be contacted on 086 1702340/

Mary Healy Vernon is the Addiction Outreach Worker based in Letterkenny CDP START project, who provides information, advice and treatment, for adults with addiction issues (18 +), to help them access a range of treatment, through existing services and initiate community-based programmes of care to reduce the harm caused by addictive behaviours. Karen Gallen , Outreach Drug & Alcohol Support Worker works alongside Mary covering outreach in Donegal County.

Karen Gallen is the Outreach Drug & Alcohol Support Worker who works with the START Project

Letterkenny CDP START Project provides confidential, non-judgemental support, treatment, guidance and education to those with addiction issues, their families, and the community, enabling them to cope with the effects of addiction in their everyday lives. The overall aim is to address a common trend in recent years of an increase in the number of adults who have developed problematic addiction issues in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas, using a more flexible community based holistic approach and sound scientifically proved interventions, to support community members to make better, lifestyle choices, improving their health and wellbeing.

Mary can be contacted on 086 7752142 or by email on

Confidential, Direct access project, normal office hours, text or phone 0867752142 and your call will be responded to as soon as the worker is available.

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: Ciaran Marley, Cranmore Co-Op, Sligo Mobile: 087 7878355 Email: or Mark Askey, Northside Resource Centre, Forthhill, Sligo Tel: 071 9147097, Mobile: 087 2208602 Email:

Christine Hanley is the Substance Misuse Worker for the homeless in Sligo based in Sligo Social Services. She provides assessment, support and an outreach service in relation to substance misuse to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in Co Sligo. Tel: 085 8030131, Email:

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 Alcohol Forum Ireland 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/

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 support Sligo Traveller men and their families in the community who are affected by drug & alcohol misuse.               Contact: Bernadette Maughan: 071 9145780/

The aim of this service is to provide drug & alcohol supports to families and children affected by a family member and/or a friend’s substance misuse in North Leitrim, South Donegal.

Contact: Colin Walshe, Family Support Worker on 087 7148004/

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.

For further information about the referral procedure, please contact:

Sligo CE Scheme: 071 9149895/085 8002346/Email:

Margaret Toner, Donegal CE Scheme on: 086 8262330/ Email:

Majella Greene, Leitrim Scheme: 085 1781623/Email:

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.