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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

March News 2011

Reduced Nurse services at Addiction/Treatment Centres

Updated: 17:13PM, Wed 30th March 2011 - NICDTF will update this notice as information becomes available.

Latest update: MEWS and CITY CLINIC now have full nursing cover.

However there may still be some difficulties across health services in Ireland. HSE Addiction Nursing Service still faces reductions in availibility.

Nursing services are continuing but capacity is under strain as available staff numbers are currently down. Nurses will provide services in relation some medication, dressings and any other service that is deemed an emergency by the Clinical Team.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PROJECTS WHO HAVE CLIENTS WITH NURSING NEEDS: NICDTF projects are requested to support patients to prevent increasing risks, as many clients have not attended for regular treatment.

Please note some emerging Clinical risks, where nursing services have been relocated or re-scheduled:

  • There are a number of patients who are still not receiving their Inohep Injections.
  • There has been deterioration in wounds where Wound Swabs, Antibiotics and referrals to Wound Speciality Services in Beaumont have been required due to lack of Nursing Services.
  • Clients on Depo Provera have not received follow-on injections.
  • Client on Depo (psychiatric Med) has not received injection.

Please make sure all relevant staff & individuals are aware of changed nursing service arrangements & potential risks.

Contact Details

CITY CLINIC: Now has full Nursing Cover. Contact Joan Deegan (8555310). 

TRINITY COURT: Some assistance may also be required for those attending Trinity Court.
Contact Christine Murtagh (6488677).

MEWS & THOMPSON CENTRE: Available services at Thompson Centre are reduced. The Mews now has full nursing cover. 

We request your support in keeping patients safe by keeping NICDTF informed of any issues. If difficulties arise contact NICDTF (01-8366592) to let us know, as we will monitor the situation and liaise with HSE Addiction services.

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.

This will be the first Mindfulness Clinic in Ireland and 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)

This new suite of training at Oasis Counselling Centre will develop our outreach program in the areas of education, social care, health, and research. Oasis Counselling Centre will continue to provide low cost/no cost counselling to clients.

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 is available from: or Tel: 01-836 45 24

Cavan Centre training courses

The Cavan Centre located in Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan aims to provide a residential resource to support Youth and Community work in marginalised and disadvantaged communities. They work primarily with groups from North Inner City Dublin but welcome groups from all who meet the remit of being disadvantaged.

To download current brochure click here, and for details on training courses click here

Date for your Diary: Ballymun Youth Action Project to host National Conference on Substance Misuse

Ballymun Youth Action Project (BYAP) will host a national conference on substance misuse in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, 23rd March, from 9am to 4pm. The conference is taking place as part of a month-long programme of events to mark the 30th anniversary of BYAP.

BYAP is a community-based response to drug and alcohol issues, which was founded by local people in Ballymun in 1981.

The conference on 23rd March will explore how communities throughout Ireland have responded to addiction over the past 30 years, and will look at current and future challenges. In particular, the event will focus on intergenerational substance use; policy responses to addiction over three decades; and the role the media plays in influencing public perceptions of substance misuse and related issues. Speakers will include John Lonergan, former Governor of Mountjoy prison; Carl O’Brien, Chief Reporter with The Irish Times; journalist Una Mullally (TG4 and the Sunday Tribune), and Dermot King, Director of BYAP.

We would welcome your attendance at this conference, and we will be in touch with more detailed information in due course. In the meantime, to find out more about BYAP, you can visit:

For further information about the conference – or to register your attendance in advance – please email or call 01-4806260. Please note: there will be no charge for people attending this conference.

The Ireland Funds Grant

Applications are now being accepted for The Ireland Funds Grant Round 2011, the deadline is 5pm, 31st of March, 2011.

The mission of The Ireland Funds is to be the largest worldwide network of people of Irish ancestry and friends of Ireland dedicated to raising funds to support programs of peace and reconciliation, arts and culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland.

The objective of the grant round is to enable as many organisations as possible to fund new and innovative responses to social need. When a project has proven its capacity, often on the back of a grant round gift, the Funds may bring it to the attention of individual donors for consideration. This policy determines the number and size of awards.

The maximum award available is €25,000. The average award is €7,000. There is no minimum award. The Ireland Funds support projects in the following four areas:

PEACE AND RECONCILIATION: The Ireland Funds are seeking to support communities in Northern Ireland working together and towards a shared future. 

ARTS AND CULTURE: The Funds wish to support excellence and innovation in arts activities within communities across the island and especially projects which make the arts more accessible to the wider community. 

EDUCATION: Investment in education is investment in Ireland’s future. Economic and social development depends on a well educated population.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: The Ireland Funds are seeking ways to promote an inclusive and integrated society and to ensure the regeneration of marginalised urban and rural communities. The Funds see the following areas as priorities:

  • Suicide prevention and destigmatising of mental health issues
  • Disadvantaged Youth
  • The Forgotten Irish: older Irish living in isolation and poverty
  • Promotion of social inclusion
  • Promotion of tolerance and diversity
  • Support of rural development initiatives.

For full criteria and application details, please visit The Ireland Funds website for more information

One-day Sexual Health Workshop

Date: Wednesday 13th April 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.

Learning Outcomes:
The workshop will enable participants to:

• demonstrate an understanding of HIV, including transmission, prevention and testing.
• demonstrate an understanding of the most common STIs in Ireland, including transmission, prevention, testing and treatment.
• demonstrate an understanding of Hepatitis A, B and C, including transmission, prevention and testing.
• demonstrate an understanding of condoms and condom use (includes condom demonstrations).
• provide information on sexual health services, including HIV and STI testing services, and support services.

Cost of Workshop
The cost of the one-day sexual health workshop is €50 per person. Cheques should be made payable to Dublin AIDS Alliance Ltd. The cost is inclusive of a light lunch (sandwiches and tea/coffee). Handouts are provided to each participant.

Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop, so early booking is advisable. Closing date for bookings is Wednesday 6th April 2011.

Booking form and further information is available at, or email

HOPE Drug and Alcohol Awareness Facilitation Skills: Training for Trainers 

Starting on April 8th 2011, the goal of HOPE's Training for Trainers course is to impart information to individuals who will in turn present drug and alcohol awareness to others.

The course is hands-on, interactive, practical, informative, and hopefully fun. Participant will leave with a good knowledge of the harmful affects of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as some group and facilitation skills. 

Detailed course description available here, download registration form here or contact HOPE at 01 8878404.

Between the Canals, a film based in North Inner City Dublin

Between the Canals opens in the IFI in Eustace St, Temple Bar, showing from 18th to 24th March. It follows three small-time criminals from Dublin’s north inner city as they each aspire to be somebody in a fast-changing society. A heartbreaking and occasionally hilarious story of loyalty, duty and masculinity... more

Director of Between the Canals, Mark O’Connor, and actor Peter Coonan will join Tony Tracy (NUIG) at the IFI to discuss the trials of shooting a micro-budget feature in Dublin’s inner city over 12 days with a largely non-acting cast. This event is FREE but ticketed so please call IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 to reserve your seat.

Free Intervention Cheese

The Department of Agriculture and Food have a quantity of Intervention Cheese available free of charge to voluntary and charitable organisations that provide aid to deprived persons in the community. The Cheese is in boxes containing 12x1 kg blocks of cheese.

For the 2010/2011 plan, each charity must complete an application form which will be valid for one year only. Only one application form per year is required. Each charity must also complete an Order Form indicating the number of boxes required and store preference.

The stock as per permit must be removed in one withdrawal so please only order what you can transport/store. If you require more cheese, you may apply for further permits until stock is exhausted.

If your group would like to take advantage of this offer, please complete and return this application as soon as possible to Anne Dobbs, Charity Scheme, Intervention Operations, Johnstown Castle, Wexford.