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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

January News 2012

Dial to Stop Drug Dealing and Threats

Confidential Freefone number closed down

Since Friday the 6th of January 2012 the "Dial To Stop Drug Dealing and Threats" confidential phoneline is no longer operational. It had enabled members of the public to anonymously report information relating to drug dealing and threats, and since 2008 there have been over 9,000 calls which led to over 2,500 reports to the Garda National Drugs Unit

Instead, anyone with information relating to drug dealing and threats may now contact the Crimestoppers confidential free phone number 1800 25 00 25, which is open from 9am to 9pm daily.

BeLonG To praised by UNESCO

A UNITED NATIONS report on how to tackle homophobic bullying has an Irish campaign group’s work as an example of “good practice” in this area.

BeLonG To is an organisation that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland, and their drugs service is supported by the NICDTF.

The group is the driving force behind the Stand Up! campaign which targeted schools and youth services around the country earlier this year in a bid to draw attention to homophobic bullying and what students can do to prevent it. A video created as part of the campaign has attracted over 750,000 hits on Youtube.

Click here to read full article and to view the video.

BeLong To, Parliament House, 13 Parliament Street, Dublin 2, Ph: 01 670 6223

Oasis Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

An eight week programme for people who suffer from chronic depression and sadness and want to develop skillful ways to prevent relapse.
Starts: Thursday, 26th January, 2.30pm-4.30pm.
Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Over the eight weeks of the program, the practices help you:
  • To become familiar with the workings of your mind
  • To notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals
  • To explore ways of releasing yourself from those old habits and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.
  • To put you in touch with a different way of knowing yourself and the world
  • To notice small beauties and pleasures in the world around you instead of living in your head.
  • To be kind to yourself instead of wishing things were different all the time, or driving yourself to meet impossible goals.
  • To find a way so you don’t have to battle with yourself all the time
  • To accept yourself as you are, rather than judging yourself all the time.
For application form and further details, please contact The Oasis Centre: Tel: 01-855 0730 or email
Applicants will be requested to attend a short interview. 

This training is sponsored by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force (NICDTF)

YPAR Strengthening Families Programme
YPAR will be running the Strengthening Families Programme in the North Inner City which will be delivered between February and June 2012.
Information Day: Ballybough Community Centre, Monday 30th January, 12.30 to 2pm.
Strengthening Families Programme (SFP) is a 14 week structured family skills programme for parents/guardians and teens.  This tried and tested Programme aims to improve family functioning and communication in order to help prevent and minimise the possibility  of young people engaging in harmful activities that may put them at a disadvantage later in their lives.
A core group of facilitators from a range of agencies will be running the Programme which is due to start on the 21st of February 2012. The Programme will be for teens between 12 - 16 years of age and their parents /guardians.  Families should be living within the North Inner City area.   Transport will be available and also some childcare/babysitting costs.
YPAR is seeking referrals from local schools, projects and statutory agencies for families who might benefit from the Programme. The closing date for referrals is Friday 3rd of February 2012.
Contact the YPAR office for further information about the information day or the programme. 

YPAR, Ballybough Community Centre, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3. Tel: 01-8194779

The Kitty Whittle Education Fund

  • Are you a lone parent?
  • Are you studying?
  • Maybe you need some help with:  Paying college fees? Buying books?
  • You might need a computer to do your assignments.
  • Could you do with some financial support?
If so, The Kitty Whittle Fund may be able to help you! Grants of up to €500 are available to lone parents living locally who are studying and who need financial assistance for fees or books, travel, childcare or a computer.
Short application forms are available in LYCS reception. 
All application forms must be accompanied by a reference from a tutor, manager or staff member in your local organization.
Send in your completed application forms by
10 February 2012 to LYCS, Lr. Sean MacDermott St., D1.
Lourdes Youth and Community Services, Lower Sean Mac Dermot St. Dublin 1
Telephone: 01-836 3416

Interferon Support Group

For all women living in Dublin North Inner City
Coming together to share success stories and learn about healthy eating options.
Mondays 2:30pm—4pm

  • To promote awareness of the hepatitis virus
  • To provide space to share fears and worries
  • To learn about interferon treatment from medical professional
  • To draw up plan and supports while on interferon treatment
For further information please ring Belinda on 01 8553391
Saol Project, 58 Amiens St, Dublin 1

The Community Foundation - Upcoming closing dates for grants

The Community Foundation for Ireland is an independent grant-making organisation which uses monies from their own permanent endowment and from donors and philanthropists to distribute grants to various causes and groups right across the country.

Womens Fund - Round 3  Closing date Friday 27th January 2012

Community Growers Fund - Round 3  Closing date Friday 24th February 2012

Grassroots Grants Scheme Closing dates 30th March, 29th June, 28th Sept, 28th Dec 2012

LGBT Communities Fund Closing dates 30th March, 29th June, 28th Sept, 28th Dec 2012

The Community Foundation for Ireland, 32 Lower O Connell Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 (0)1 8747354 E-mail: Web:

St Stephens Green Trust - General Grant Scheme

St Stephens Green Trust has opened its 2012 General Grant Scheme.  There is one grants meeting in 2012 and the deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 23rd February, 2012. Successful grantees will receive their grants in April.
General Grant Scheme - Programme Areas 2012:  Grants will be made to organisations working in 3 specific areas.  They are homelessness, prisoners / ex-prisoners and Travellers.  Please note the Trust is not accepting applications from organisations with income of more than €500,000 in 2012.

You can make enquiries or request an application form from Orla O Neill, Grants & Development Director, St Stephen’s Green Trust. Check the guidelines on the website prior to requesting an application form – the Trusts grants are focused on very specific areas of activity.

St. Stephens Green Trust, PO Box, Newbridge, Co Kildare. Telephone/Fax: (045) 480666 Website: