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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

November News 2010

National Recovery Plan 2011-2014
24.11.10 Dept of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs
Comments by Minister Pat Carey T.D.

The overall reduction in the Department’s vote for 2011 will be of the order of 10%.

While this will present challenges, I believe that through:

prioritisation of key front-line services; and achieving efficiencies in general administration and overhead costs the adjustments across the different programmes can be effectively managed in 2011.

In terms of the different areas, my approach will be as follows

Developing Communities
There will continue to be an emphasis on the prioritisation of front-line services and supports to customers and beneficiaries at the expense of administration, overheads and ancillary costs.

My Department will shortly commence a structured dialogue with the Community & Voluntary Sector with the aim of ensuring that the impact of any budgetary adjustments to the services provided by the Sector are minimised, as far as possible. To this end, my Department will be working with the sector to achieve greater consolidation, coordination and efficiencies among service providers.

Small savings will need to be made to the 480 or so community-based projects now being funded though the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces. However I am confident that front-line services provided by the drugs projects will not be adversely affected as the adjustment is only a little over 1%.

QuADs Support Project

QuADS (Quality Standards in Alcohol and Drugs Services) is a quality standards framework that was developed by Drug Scope and Alcohol Concern in the UK in 1999 and has been selected as the guiding quality standard framework for HSE Addiction Services in Ireland.

Library: We are pleased to announce that the Progression Routes team has now made available a comprehensive policy library which contains more than 75 template policies for drug services. Developed over the last twelve months the policies have been extensively researched and have had editorial input from industry leaders from the health & commercial sectors. The policies have been designed to be adapted, locally, to the needs of each organisation through an internal consultation processes.

The policies are available through our website:

The QuADS Support Project is supported by HSE National Social Inclusion Office and the North Inner City Drugs Task Force.

In 2011 Progression Routes will be working with another 30 services to support them in implementing policies that meet the QuADS standards - supports offered include; training, facilitation as well as research and policy development supports.  If you are interested in your service being a part of this project please email with an expression of interest.

Please contact Caroline directly if you would like further information on the QuADS Support Project or any other area of the Progression Routes initiative:

Caroline Gardner, Project Manager

Progression Routes
Ana Liffey Drug Project
48 Middle Abbey Street,
Dublin 1
Tel: 01 878 6899,

Ana Liffey: Overdose workshops

Venue: Ana Liffey Drug Project, 51 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The workshops will run from 11am - 12pm, starting on Friday the 3rd December and will be held at the same time every Tuesday & Friday until the 17th December.

These workshops will include:

  • Talking about risks
  • How to spot an overdose
  • Watching an overdose video
  • The recovery position and CPR
  • Myths and facts about overdose

With regard to overdose, Christmas can be a risky time for many people. The workshops are open to all service users and those who attend the workshops will receive an overdose workshop certificate in the New Year.

For more information contact Marie & JM (1800 78 68 28)

Ana Liffey Drug Project, 51 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Phone: 01 878 6899 Web:

Community Development Leadership Course

Venue: Community Action Network, 24 Gardiner Place, Dublin 1
Date: Wednesday Mornings from 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Duration:14 weeks from 19th January 2011 to 19th April 2010 (Breaks will correspond with the school year)


The course will strengthen participants skills in and understanding of:

  • Who are the groups working in your area and what do they do?
  • What is Community Development?
  • What are the difficulties facing people in the community and what can be done about them?
  • How do Groups run and where to start if you want to get involved in an existing or set up a group?


  • An interest in your local community
  • A commitment to attend half a day per week for 14 weeks

Who the course is for?
This Course is for local people who would like to know more about their area and who would like to get involved in their community

Aim of course:

  • Provide learning opportunities for local people and enable them to become more involved in local groups and/or have an input into decisions that are made that effect their area.
  • Through their involvement in the course participants will:
    • Develop a deeper understanding of community development
    • Network with others who have similar interest in their community

Information Session: Wednesday 12th January 2011
10:30 to 12:30pm in CAN 24 Gardiner Place Dublin 1

The cost of this course will be covered by ICON and RAPID

ICON was established by local community activists and people working and living in the area to ensure that local people have a say in how their community is developed.

If you are interested in taking part in this course or want further information
please contact Christine at 01-8366890 / for application form.

Inner City Organisations Network (ICON), 22 Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin 1

For brochure click here

Open Day at Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA)

Download Poster here

One-day Sexual Health Workshop

Date: Tuesday 16th November 2010
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 a basic understanding of HIV, including transmission, prevention and testing.
•  Demonstrate a basic understanding of the most common STIs in Ireland, including transmission, prevention, testing and treatment.
•  Demonstrate a basic 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 10th November.

Booking form and further information is available at, or email

Women’s Wellbeing & Education Programme

Chrysalis and The Snug Counselling Service are holding Women's Wellbeing & Education Workshops

Thursdays 12.30pm - 2 .30pm

Starting on Thursday 11th November

Venue: Training Room,
2nd Floor Macro Resource Centre,
1 Green Street, Off North King Street, Dublin 7


Week One : Sexual Health & Contraception
Week Two : Stress Management
Week Three : Personal Development
Week Four : Anger Management
Week Five : Support for women affected by drug use – what’s the next step?
Week Six : How to use the internet – for example facebook, youtube, internet shopping
and sharing photos

Courses open to women affected by drug use living in the North Inner City.

For more information or to put your name down for any or all of the workshops contact:
Karen (Chrysalis) 086 2198853
Erika (The Snug) 087 2735358


YPAR (Young People At Risk) are organising a series of of workshops:

1) Child protection
2) Justice and policing
3) Education

The first of these, around Child Protection will be held on Monday, November 8th at 12 noon in Ozanam House.

This will be lead by the HSE Social Work Department and will look the different elements Child Protection and of their work, e.g. what might constitute a child protection concern, how to access the Social Work department etc.

The workshop is open to all staff in projects, services, etc. 

If you have any questions please contact us at the numbers below.

Anna Quigley YPAR Coordinator 087 691 4154

Frank Mulville Protocol Co-ordinator 086 843 1421