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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

April News 2011

Dublin Bus Community Support Programme 2011


Now in its eighth year, the Dublin Bus Community Support Programme is underway again for 2011.

To date, over 1,000 community and voluntary groups have benefited from the Community Support Programme. Any group that is located where Dublin Bus operates services is eligible to apply. Each application is judged independently and successful groups will be awarded grants of €5,000, €2,000 or €1,000.

In order to apply for this year’s programme you must complete an application form.

Forms can be filled out
here and submitted by email.
Forms are also available to
download here or from:

Dublin Bus Community Support Programme Co-ordinator,
Media & Communications Department,
59 Upper O’Connell Street,
Dublin 1.
Phone: (01) 703 3208

NICDTF Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Youth Event

Date: Thursday, 12th May 2011
Time: 9a.m. to 2.30p.m.
Venue: Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The North Inner City Drugs Task Force "Prevention & Education Pillar" are running a Drug & Alcohol Awareness Youth Event on the 12th of May 2011.

This will be a Youth led event for Youth. There will be a number of drama/art/music/poetry workshops bringing a fun element to the day. A group of young people from the North Inner City area have been attending drugs and alcohol facilitation training, and will be facilitating the workshops on the day.

We expect students from 7 local secondary schools to attend, as well as young people from local youth projects. We also plan to provide publications about services and activities relevant to the 13 to 20 age group, particularly about all aspects of health and well-being, and supports for young people. 

If you would like to provide information about your organisation, or other relevant publications please let us know by the 5th of May 2011.

For further information: Tel NICDTF: 01-8366592

Oasis Mindfulness Clinic - Free training

Oasis Counselling Centre will establish the first Mindfulness Clinic in Ireland in Spring, 2011.
Mindfulness-based approaches are one of the most cost-effective interventions in mental health, are evidence-based and support many different populations including clients in recovery from depression, addiction, and stress related issues. The UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently endorsed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy as an effective treatment for prevention of relapse.
The service will be provided free to clients, participants and the voluntary sector. This project is funded through Pobal with the support of the National Office for Suicide Prevention, the Department of Community, Equality and Family Affairs and the Department of Health and Children.
Oasis Counselling will provide the following eight-week trainings from April, 2011.
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), for Anxiety, Stress, Panic, Chronic Pain
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention, Recovery from Addiction (MBRP)
We will also provide half day and full day workshops for voluntary organizations and projects on: Mindfulness-Based Self-Care (MBSC) and Introduction to Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBAs)

Open Week and Information
You are invited to attend our open week: Monday-Thursday, 18th -21st April, from 10am to 5pm to learn about this service.  Information sessions, interview and recruitment for classes will take place during this time. Oasis Counselling Centre welcomes enquires from agencies, projects and the voluntary sector.
Further information: or Tel: 01-836 45 24 

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Workshop

The Deora Project, 17th-18th May, 2011
This training is sponsored by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day, intensive interactive and practice-based workshop in suicide first-aid. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health workers, key-workers, teachers, community workers, Gardaí, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers.

Further details are available to download here.

To avail of this training please telephone The Deora Project: 01-855 0730 or email and we will forward application form and additional information on the training.

2nd Traveller Drug Network of 2011

Date: Tuesday, 19th April 2011
Time: 11a.m. to 4p.m.
Venue: Pavee Point Travellers Centre

The second Traveller Drug Network of 2011 will focus on the area of sexuality and the impact this can have on physical, mental and emotional well-being. Research has shown that LGBT young people can experience marginalisation, fear, isolation, bullying, harassment, family and peer rejection, which can then lead to them being more vulnerable to drug & alcohol use.

Through presentations and practical workshops, attendees will gain an increased knowledge and understanding of sexuality and how best to provide support to those that need it.

Morning Session
Key note speaker Gillian O’Brien
Drug Programme - Belong To Drugs Service - is the 1st to respond to issues of drug use amongst LGBT young people in Ireland
’Making the links - Sexuality & Substance Use’
This presentation will also highlight the best way service providers can support individuals who disclose their sexuality.

Afternoon Session
Key note speaker Representative
LGBT Pavee Forum - voluntary support organisation for LGBT Travellers
’Sexuality in the Traveller community -Traveller specific issues to be aware of when providing support to LGBT Travellers’

Further information contact, or

Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week!

BeLonG To is launching a new advocacy campaign, Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week! aimed at creating positive understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and their issues.

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people develop their sexual and gender identities within supportive families and communities and are leading happy lives. However, many other LGBT young people experience serious levels of homophobia, transphobia and exclusion in their schools, youth clubs and local areas.

Stand Up! 

Support Your LGBT Friends
Please Watch Our Advert & Share It Widely

And Help End Homophobic Bullying

Stand Up! Week will provide an annual focus for promoting positive awareness of LGBT young people, tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying, and building allies among young people and youth workers.

This year's Stand Up! Week will be held 4 – 15 April 2011, and will take place schools and youth services around Ireland.

During Stand Up! Week youth workers and teachers will offer all young people who participate in their centre/school the opportunity to participate in fun and educational activities. These will increase awareness, build supportive links among young people and reduce the incidence of bullying and name-calling.

For further information visit the website ,  email , or phone 01-670-6223.

Nurse services at Addiction/Treatment Centres

(Updated: 15.05PM, Monday 11th April 2011)

Agency Nurses will be returning to work on Monday April 11th 2011, so normal nursing services will resume at City Clinic, Trinity Court, Mews and Thompson Centre.

The last four weeks has been difficult for the Nursing team, staff and clients in the Addiction Service. There was an exceptional amount of good will shown by the permanent nurses who were very flexible in working over time, and co-operation by all involved in order to help to reduce clinical risks.

Your support is necessary to keep patients safe, so if you become aware of any difficulties please contact NICDTF (01-8366592). 

Dublin City Children’s Services Committee - Information Seminar

Wednesday 4th May 2011 - 9.30– 12.30
Wood Quay, Dublin City Council Civic Offices

Children’s Services Committee’s bring together diverse agencies in Local Authority areas to engage in joint planning and interagency collaboration for delivery of services to children and young people.

The aim is to support and to advocate for the provision of services to children and young people through;

  • Encouraging better communication between our organisations
  • Investigating, examining and where possible reorganising structures that prove to be an obstacle to effective provision
  • Identifying and promoting current good practices in relation to children’s service within the City
  • Piloting models of service in the model area and promoting best practice models across the city

Children & Young People’s Plan for 2011- 2013

By the end of June, Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs have requested that each Children’s Services Committee (CSC) submit a Children & Young People’s Plan for 2011- 2013 and this is currently being prepared.

Information Seminar

On the 4th May 2011 Dublin City CSC are hosting an information seminar for senior /executive managers of services delivering supports to children and young people in Dublin City. The seminar is an opportunity to bring together representatives from a range of statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations, in order to introduce their role and responsibilities as a City-wide committee.

The seminar will include an opening address by the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald T.D.; Mary Doyle Director General, Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs;Gordan Jeyes National Director for Children and Families, HSE, Gerry O’ Neill ISA Manager HSE, with a response by Geoffrey Shannon, The Governments’ Special Rapporteur on Child Protection.

For registration please fill out 
this form and return via email to 

For more information contact Nuala Nic Giobúin at 01-222 5438

One-day Sexual Health Workshop

Date: Wednesday 25th May 2011
Time: 10am to 4:00pm
Venue: Dublin AIDS Alliance, 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

Aim of the Workshop
To provide participants with basic up-to-date and relevant information on sexual health, including HIV, STIs and Hepatitis.

Who is the Workshop for?
This workshop will be beneficial to people working in the voluntary, youth and community sector who may deal with sexual health issues in the workplace, or who have a general interest in the area of sexual health.

Click here for full details of course content and cost.

Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop, so early booking is advisable.

Booking form and further information is available at, or email

Meitheal Training - Summer 2011

Meitheal provides training to the community and voluntary sector, and other organisations working to create social change.

Summer Training Brochure and Application form: Meitheal Facilitation Skills Training, Staff Support & Supervision Skills Training - April to July 2011 - Training Brochure & Application Form