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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

January News 2014

January News 2014

The National Drugs Strategy Conference took place at Dublin Castle on 16th January 2014.

The event was attended by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD who gave the opening address

The community sector perspective was put forward by Fergus McCabe, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign

Click to view Podcast

Other inputs delivered included: 

Maintaining a Concerted Focus on Tackling the Drug Problem delivered by Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White TD

Supporting the Local Effort to Tackle the Drug Problem delivered by Susan Scally, Head of Drug Policy Unit, Department of Health

Voluntary Sector Perspective – Tony Duffin, Ana Liffey Drug Project

Promoting community engagement in addressing alcohol issues – Anne Timony Meehan, Community Action on Alcohol, Alcohol Forum

Ballymun Alcohol Strategy – Hugh Greaves, Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force

Galway City Alcohol Strategy – Evelyn Fanning, HSE West

Hello Sunday Morning Initiative – Ian Power,

A workshop Session took place: Exploring three key themes of integrating Alcohol into the National Substance Misuse Strategy - Chaired by Paul Barron

The event was closed by Minister of State for Primary Care, Alex White, TD

To view further videos from the National Drugs Strategy Conference visit



Community Response will present a one day conference on

Hepatitis C: Hidden Harm

presenting national & International speakers.

for link to poster click here 

When: Friday the 21st of March 2014

Where: Radisson Blu, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.

More information to follow in February on


Ana Liffey Drug Project will be providing training in

SAOR (Support – Ask/Assess – Offer Assistance – Refer)

Screening and Brief Interventions for Problem Alcohol Use

There are limited places available on it and the costs are been covered by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force. If anyone is interested please contact me directly at my email Details below, I have also attached a brief explanation of the SAOR training here:

Training: SAOR - Support – Ask/Assess – Offer Assistance – Refer

Date: 27th February

Time: 9.15am to 5pm (Lunch will not be provided)

Location: Wynns Hotel

Cost: Free (North Inner City Drugs Task Force funded)

Registration: Essential as places are limited contact Dermot Murphy at

Dermot Murphy
Team Leader
Ana Liffey Drug Project
51 Middle Abby Street
Dublin 1
Office: 01 878 6899 Ext: 313
Fax: 01 878 6828 /



Carmichael Centre

Carmichael Centre


Carmichael Centre


Carmichael Centre is delighted to announce a seminar on 6 Feb on How to Make Successful Grant Applications.

Speakers: Jordan Campbell, Programmes Manager at The Ireland Funds. and Eilish Corcoran, Grants and Donor Services Officer from Community Foundation Ireland. This seminar will provide valuable insights from funders as well as an opportunity to find out what you need to make successful grant applications.

Book NOW on  to avoid disappointment. Please note that only one booking will be accepted per organization.

Don’t miss these other events coming up in February:

Public Speaking & Presentation Skills: This one day workshop will help you to set objectives, plan, design and deliver a presentation. There will be an opportunity to make a short presentation, followed by supportive and constructive feedback given in an informal and friendly environment. Book NOW on  

Starting & Building a Social Enterprise: This seminar will discuss the start-up of a social enterprise with direct reference to the development of other enterprise planning. It will draw analogies and tools used by corporate groups and apply them to the social enterprise/charity sector. Book NOW on  

Check our website for a range of other practical seminars and courses coming up in Spring 2014:  

Nicola Delahunty
TSS Administrator
Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups
Building Stronger Charities Nationwide

Location: Morning Star Avenue, Dublin 7
Telephone: +353-1-8735702, Ext: 312
Fax: +353-1-8735735



safeTALK at The Oasis Centre

Training in safeTALK - 'suicide alertness training' - apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) - helping people with thoughts of suicide

What’s safeTALK for? safeTALK is 'suicide alertness' training. It teaches participants how to recognise people with thoughts of suicide and keep them safe. Who’s it for? Anyone who wants to learn how to provide practical help to people having thoughts of suicide.

safeTALK is three hours in duration and is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to use these opportunities to support that desire for safety. As a safeTALK-trained suicide alert helper, you will be better able to:
• move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid suicide;
• identify people who have thoughts of suicide;
• apply the TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe)
to connect a person with suicide thoughts to suicide first aid, intervention caregivers.

2014 Training Dates:
Tuesday 4th February at 2pm
Tuesday 1st April at 10am


The Oasis Centre,
Tel: 01 8364524

Family Support Network invites you to the 15th Annual Service of Commemoration & Hope

Remembering those who have Died from Substance Misuse and Related Causes

When: Saturday 1st February 2014 Service Begins at 7.30pm

Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1

The Service will take place after the procession that leaves the
Spire on O’Connell at 7:00pm to Our Lady of Lourdes Church,
Sean McDermott Street and will be led by An Garda Siochána Band

All Welcome

Contact: Siobhán Maher Tel: 01 836 5168 Email:

Poster available for download here