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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

Dec - Jan 2010 News

Jan 2010 News
Dublin Aids Alliance:
Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA) is a voluntary organisation working to improve conditions for people living with HIV and AIDS, their families and caregivers, while actively promoting HIV and sexual health awareness in the general population.
Our vision is to contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of HIV in Ireland.
Organisational Objectives
·         To support those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
·         To confront the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS.
·         To increase public awareness through the promotion of HIV and sexual health education.
·         To influence policy through partnership and active campaigning.
Two prevention and education programmes are funded by the NICDTF:
1.         HIV, Sexual Health & Drug Awareness Training Programme
This is a multi-disciplinary ‘train the trainers’ course which aims to provide youth and community leaders/workers with the skills necessary to engage young people in their care in sexual health and drug awareness education and to deliver this training to at-risk client groups in their care, to enable these groups to make informed choices in relation to sexual health and drug use.  This is an eight-day training programme (1 day per week for 8 weeks).  Topics covered include HIV, STIs, Hepatitis, Drugs Awareness, Policies & Best Practice for working with Young People, Cultural Issues and Sexuality.  The course is FETAC Level 5 accredited.
2.         HIV and Health Project – Safer Sex Negotiation Skills Training Programme
This training initiative primarily aims, through capacity building measures, to raise awareness of HIV and sexual health among vulnerable and at-risk groups located in the NICDTF area, to enable safer sex negotiation within these groups and modify and/or facilitate behaviour change, reducing primary and secondary HIV and STI transmission.  A five-part programme is available for delivery to at-risk clients of organisation.
There is also a ‘train the trainers’ programme which is FETAC Level 5 accredited.  The primary aim of the programme is to train youth and community leaders/workers, develop and enhance their skills, and provide them with relevant information and resources to deliver sexual health and negotiation skills training to the client group in their care.  This is a seven-day training programme (1 day per week for 7 weeks).  Topics covered include Sexual Health, HIV, STIs, Condom Use, Changing Sexual Behaviour Patterns, Making Sexual Decisions, Negotiating Safer Sex, and Safer Sex Alternatives.
One-day Sexual Health Workshop
A one-day workshop on sexual health is also available at DAA for youth and community workers who are unable to commit to the training for trainers programmes.  The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with basic up-to-date and relevant information on sexual health, including HIV, STIs and Hepatitis.  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.
Dates for training programmes are posted on our website as they are scheduled:
In addition to our Prevention Education & Training Services, the Community Support department provides a range of services  for those living with HIV and/or Hepatitis .  These services include Advocacy, Mediation and Lobbying, Counselling, Practical Support and Legal Advice.  Community Support also engage with new communities through street outreach, and currently operates a Volunteer Project which aims to disseminate HIV and sexual health information in a culturally appropriate manner, through non-Irish national volunteers.  HIV and sexual health information booklets are available at DAA in 6 languages - English, Polish, French, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), and Russian – The Don’t Panic Guide to Sexual Health.
Events take place annually for Irish AIDS Day on 15th June and World AIDS Day on 1st December.  Details are posted on the website as they become available.
Contact Details
Address: 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 17:30 Monday to Thursday, 09:30 to 17:00 Fridays.
Telephone: 01-8733799
Fax: 01-8733174
Family Support Network:
Please find attached a poster inviting you to the Family Support Network’s Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope. The event will take place on the 1st of February at 7:30p.m. in our Lady of Lourdes Church, Seán McDermott Street. A social event in the Gresham hotel will take place after the Service.
To View poster select here
Hands On Peer Education
Course Description
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Facilitation Skills
HOPE was established in the late 90’s by local women who believed education was the key to drug prevention and volunteered to provide Peer Education to Parents and family members. In 2003 HOPE was funded by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force and we established a premises and Staff.  
HOPE has been running Training for Trainers since 2005.  The goal of our course is to impart our information to individuals who will in turn present drug and alcohol awareness to others.  We would like to make a difference to communities in this way, as education is an effective tool in substance abuse prevention.
Our course is aimed to be hands-on, interactive, practical, informative, and hopefully fun.  We expect each participant to leave with a good knowledge of the harmful affects of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as some group and facilitation skills. 
We try to put across as much information in the relatively short time we have.  A workbook will be provided that you can refer to in the future.  Each participant will be expected to deliver one aspect of the course to the group, to practice this in a comfortable setting.
People take this course for different reasons. Maybe you would simply like the knowledge for your own children, perhaps you are looking into working in the field of addiction, or perhaps you are currently working with clients for whom drugs and alcohol may be an issue.
If you are interested, please fill out the accompanying registration form, and feel free to contact HOPE with any questions.
Best regards,
Irene Crawley, Manager
15 North Strand Road
Dublin 1
Phone: 01-887-8404
Fax: 01-887-8402
To access the application form please select here
Inner City Organisations Network (ICON)
ICON will be running training in relation to health in the community. There are 2 public meetings where people can find out more information.  The date for the meeting is 19th Jan in Killarney Court Hall, Buckingham St, Dublin 1 at 10.30am and in the evening at 7.30pm.  We are aiming to get a mix of project workers and community participants on the training.
The idea is to get as many people as possible involved in conversations, research and analysis and planning in relation to health in the community.
At the Public Meeting people will be encouraged to begin conversations about what impacts on their health.  They will be encouraged to explore the advantages of having a community forum that can facilitate participation into Primary Care.
They will be encouraged to participate in a 6 week training programme that will equip them to do a community led research into the community health issues and generate possible solutions.  This group will then lead the process to get even more people involved in discussing health in the community.  They will hold different focus groups with people from different ages and interests.
The information gathered will then be analysed and considered into priority actions which will form the basis of a community action plan. 
Training           6x half day sessions (the time of the sessions will be dependant on the group)
-          Social Model of Health
-          Primary Care
-          PRA Research Skills
-          Conducting a health needs audit
-          Identification and preparation for focus groups
If you require any further information, please contact myself or Ann in ICON. at 01 8366890