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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

May News 2011

NICDTF Prevention and Education “Drug & Alcohol Awareness” Youth Event

On Thursday 12th May in the Oak Room, Mansion House, approximately 80 young people from local schools and youth projects attended a NICDTF “Drug & Alcohol Awareness” event, where they participated in various workshops and discussions. The workshops included art, poetry, mindfullness, rap and other activities, and aimed to increase awareness of the dangers of drug / alcohol misuse, as well as promote health and well-being.

Also at this event the Lord Mayor Gerry Breen presented certificates to 15 young people who had successfully completed “Drug & Alcohol Facilitation skills” training, run by Irene Cawley from HOPE with inputs from Gillian Brien, BeLonG To and Sue Carter, DAA. This group of young people developed and facilitated many of the activities, and contributed greatly to the event.


Brighten Your Community: Dulux Let’s Colour Project

Do you know of a community space, building or wall that could do with a colourful lick of paint? This year, Dulux are offering 40,000 free litres of paint to add colour to dull grey spaces, rejuvenating the spaces and bringing them back to life. This might be space or building in your community that will be transformed by adding colour.

If you'd like to get involved by entering your own project Apply here.

Crinan Youth Project Cake Sale/Coffee Morning

Crinan Youth Project are having a Cake Sale/Coffee Morning to celebrate their 15th Anniversary.

Everyone is welcome on Friday 27th May 10am-1pm and there will be a raffle on the day with great prizes.

Crinan Youth Project, 72 Sean McDermott St, Dublin 1.

Rade Open Day - Recovery through Art, Drama & Education

From Tuesday 24th to Friday 27th of May at 1PM, Rade welcomes you to their creative space in the OLV building, Cathedral View Court, off New St, Dublin 8. 

As well as viewing the workshops and the new mezzanine space, there will be short theatrical performances and screening of 2 short films.

Click here for further information.

Meitheal Training Courses

Meitheal provides training to the community and voluntary sector.

Download Summer Programme: Brochure & Application Form.

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Workshop

The Deora Project, 9th - 10th August, 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.

Drugs/HIV Helpline - Email Support Service now available

The Drugs/HIV Helpline is a free and confidential national helpline service run by the HSE, available Monday to Friday, between 10am and 5pm. The phone number is 1800 459 459 and they have recently set up a Helpline Email Support Service

The helpline/email offers support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug or alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health. Most calls are from individuals, partners and family members as well as professionals working in the area of addiction and sexual health. 

Springboard places create new opportunity to upskill

The Higher Education Authority and the Department of Education and Skills have launched Springboard. This initiative allows unemployed people to access funded college places to reskill in certain key areas. For many people who have been made redundant or who are unemployed and looking into reskilling the cost of returning to education can be a huge barrier. The Springboard scheme gives an opportunity to gain new skills and a recognised qualification at no cost to the individual student.

Places are on offer at various institutions around the country in key areas like technology, environmental, cloud computing and web technologies.  For more information on eligibility, available courses, and how it all works click here.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre - Continuing Professional Development
12 day Course - Issues of Sexual Violence: the Counselling Process

An intensive 12 day in-service course for those working or beginning to work as counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with issues of sexual violence. The course will run from November 2011 to February 2012.

For further information and application form: click here.