Find information on the different types of services available to you in north inner city Dublin.
Local Services: Covid-19 Arrangements
Local drugs services and supports continue to be provided. See below for the Covid-19 arrangements, which will be regularly updated.
If you need support not outlined below, please contact NICDATF on 085 7723317 or email@example.com
BeLonG To are excited to announce that our Youth Groups are going online from April 26th 2020
From April 26th, BeLonG To Sunday, Over 18s, The Ladybirds and IndividualiTy will all take place over Zoom. These digital groups will take place every week.
- These groups are for anyone who has accessed our Youth Groups in the past and is between 13 and 24 years.
- These groups will last for 40 minutes.
- Places are limited to 12 per group and there will be two-time slots for each group.
From April 26th, BeLonG To Sunday, Over 18s, The Ladybirds and IndividualiTy will all take place over Zoom. These digital groups will take place every week.
Click here for further information and details
CH09 Covid-19 Support Team (Ana Liffey Drugs Project /Chrysalis CDP)
To support vulnerable social inclusion clients in Dublin city who are:
- Symptomatic of COVID 19 and are refusing testing
- Awaiting testing/test results and need to isolate
- Self-isolating at home or in a state provided unit
- Being advised to cocoon and require supports to do so
Supports will operate 7 days per week from 9am to 5pm, with flexibility in hours due to the nature of the work and needs.
Referrals will be coordinated through Dr. O’Carroll’s team based in Grangegorman and by CH09 Social Inclusion team. Referrals will also be accepted from any NICDATF services, isolation or cocooning units and local methadone clinics.
Supports are being split between two teams which will focus on:
Pre-Isolation & harm reduction team led by Ana Liffey
Self-isolation/Cocooning Support teams led by Chrysalis
This new Covid-19 initiative is supported by HSE (CHO9) and NICDATF
The Deora Project at the Oasis Counselling Centre
Deora Counselling is a specialised project providing a counselling and crisis intervention service working with bereavement, addiction and suicide intervention. We also support those in recovery and those affected by the addiction of a family member.
The premises is closed but staff are continuing to provide counselling over the phone to existing clients plus assessments and phone counselling for new clients. Training programmes are currently suspended.
Oasis Counselling provides general counselling and is also currently providing phone counselling.
If you feel that you need support at this difficult time from either Deora or Oasis, please contact 01-8364524 between 9am to 9pm Mon to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Fridays or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community drugs project for women
The premises is currently closed to the public, however there is ‘by appointment’ access to the building for the purposes of collecting food, letters or other necessities. The service continues to support existing clients; new clients; support and referral for partners and family members; children from our Children’s Project.
Services which are continuing include phone contact with all clients with particular focus on advocacy and support; Phone 1-1s; Zoom 1-1s; Programme of Zoom educational and support classes 7 days per week. Telephone referrals and assessment accepted. We cannot do any face to face 1-1 or group work.
The landline 01 8553391 is being responded to Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm; Facebook: @saolproject; emails: email@example.com and all other ‘saolproject’ emails listed on the Contacts page of our website: www.saolproject.ie (where free downloadable resources are available for individuals and projects)
SAOL director Gary Broderick bringing food and support to #saolsisters.
HIV education, services and community supports for people living with and affected by HIV
The premises is currently closed but the following services continue:
- Support and counselling for people living with and affected by HIV is continuing by telephone and email.
- Online outreach support for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (phone, WhatsApp and email, and on hook-up apps).
- Communications: updates for the community and people living with HIV about COVID-19, HIV and Sexual Health on website, twitter, and facebook, and continuing to publish our NewsDesk weekly.
Services currently suspended for now include: Education and Training delivery; free walk-in condoms services and free condoms distribution via outreach services; face-to-face services; free resources service; HIV and STI testing services (on-site testing and rapid HIV testing services in the community).
HIV Ireland has published information and advice about COVID-19, HIV and Sexual Health:
- For people living with HIV here: https://www.hivireland.ie/living-with-hiv/hiv-and-covid-19/
- For gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men here: https://www.hivireland.ie/what-we-do/mpower/sexual-health-and-covid-19/
- Current restrictions to Sexual Health Services around Ireland: http://bit.ly/sti-service-restrictions
There is a platform of information on HIV Ireland website which includes links to other important information published by the HSE and the Gay Health Network about Sex, HIV, Sexual Health and COVID-19: https://www.hivireland.ie/hiv/covid-19-and-hiv/.
After Schools Education and Support Programme
Creche and After Schools project
All premises are closed to the public and childcare services are currently suspended. However, staff are continuing contact with parents and guardians to support the wellbeing of clients and their families.
The service remains available for parents, guardians and the local community to contact for information and support.
Support for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV
Our premises are closed to the public. However all staff continue to be available over the phone to support clients and families. HIV Testing Service is suspended. ACET Ireland is not taking new referrals at the moment. Existing clients can contact staff on their work mobiles. The service is also still in touch with faith communities across the city with information and support on HIV and COVID-19.
North West Inner City Training & Development Project
Providing rehabilitation to stabilised drug users through training & development
The premises is currently closed with group and face to face work suspended. However, keyworking and support continues for CE participants, pre-entry group and past participants. Staff continue to provide advocacy and referrals to treatment services and rehabilitation as well as educational and therapeutic work, with some additional supports out of hours as required during the Covid-19 crisis.
Step by Step
Child and family project working with children and their families on a referral basis
Staff are continuing to provide support to parents via phone and social media, and to the children engaged with the project via video link with small groups. The project is also working closely with the local Child and Family Support Network to respond to any crisis situations, such as food delivery. The project can take new referrals.
The service can be contacted via the following numbers: 089 2537937 (office hours) 086 1648780 (office hours) firstname.lastname@example.org (anytime).
ICON (Inner City Organisations Network) provide a housing and homeless support service, general advocacy and information service, and support for the Addiction Working Group.
ICON is responding to needs identified by residents e.g. sourcing mobile phones, shopping etc
Dublin City Community Cooperative is the inner city community champion for the Dublin City Council Community Response Forum and as a member, ICON deals with requests brought through this structure.
The premises is closed and Resident Association Meetings, and face to face meetings and events are currently suspended.
Our working hours are Monday – Friday 9-5pm are the working hours but please feel free to contact us outside of these times and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
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ACET supports individuals and families across the North Inner City and beyond who are living with or affected by HIV and addiction. ACET’s work includes referrals for treatment and recovery, helping with housing issues, adhering to medication and accessing health services, support through relational difficulties with family, health professionals and others, bereavement supports and more.
ACET works across generations, including with children and young people.
ACET also works with faith and ethnic communities in relation to HIV, building awareness and offering HIV testing. The project works in partnership with other organisations in supporting vulnerable migrants, and building drug education capacity.
ASESP provides education and support to children and teenagers. For younger children, pre- school and after- schools services offer a wide range of activities in a safe setting. Preschoolers (3-5 years) prepare for formal education through fun learning activities and field trips. The afterschools programme (5-7 years) provides homework supervision and informal learning. Children also get to be involved in lots of community events. For older children, ASESP provides a structured programme focused on a number of areas:
- Drugs Awareness
- Health Promotion
- Peer Education / ‘Big Brother’ system
- GAISCE Presidents Award
Ana Liffey is a low threshold, harm reduction service. We work with people who are using drugs and alcohol and who have other complex needs such as housing, health, legal and educational. Our service works with over 18’s only.
Services include: Drop-in service, Key working, Case management, Needle and syringe programme, nurse surgery, Reduce the Use group, Treatment options group, Prison inreach, Assertive outreach, Prison group in Mountjoy Prison, Harm reduction groups.
BeLonG To Youth Services was set up in Dublin in 2003 and is now a national service operating in 9 locations around Ireland. Our vision is “for an Ireland where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people are empowered to embrace their development and growth confidently and to participate as agents of positive social change.” BeLonG To provides direct youth work, and national policy, service development, advocacy, training and research.
In Dublin, BeLonG To’s direct services are offered to LGBT young people aged 14 – 23 years. BeLonG To’s youth workers and drugs outreach worker offer one-to-one support to young people and their families. BeLonG To’s Youth Work Team facilitates six groups;
BeLonG To Drugs Service
This service exists to address concerns people may have about drug/alcohol use and offers people the opportunity to access support in dedicated LGBT youth space. It is free of cost and confidential. The Drugs Service can be contacted email@example.com or 01-6706223 or www.belongto.org
– 0930 – 2030 Monday to Thursday
– 0930 – 1300 Friday
Chrysalis is a Community Drug Project which focuses on harm reduction. We deliver a safe, compassionate space and a variety of different services from key working & case management to addiction counselling for people and families affected by drug or alcohol misuse within the North Inner City area. We provide support around stabilizing and entering residential detox if required.
The project is quite unique as we have different services along the continuum of care. We have our MERG (Monday Evening Recovery Group) group on a Monday evening for those in the early stages of their journey, a Peer led Social night every Tuesday, a Peer led Drug Free Recovery evening every Thursday. There’s football every Friday evening and the team have won a number of tournaments. We will also be launching a SMART Recovery group in September.
CASPr provides educational services and childcare in the North Inner City, to enable people to escape poverty and access employment. The project’s childcare services aim to provide a fun, safe learning environment for children.
In addition, CASPr supports adults in the NIC region, providing support and advice on:
- Housing / Rent issues
- Parenting and Child Development
- Child Abuse
- Adult Abuse
- Adult Education
Crinan Youth Project provides a range of quality treatment interventions in a safe and supportive environment, to empower young people to end their dependence on drugs and alcohol.
The Crinan Youth Project is a community based drug treatment facility that offers a quality service to young people and their families.
Assessment – This is the first phase of accessing the programmes, where we assess the needs of the young person to establish if they are suitable for one of our programmes and if so which programme would best suit their needs.
Pre-Entry Group – This group is for young people who are experiencing problematic drug use, and need support to reduce their use.
Full-time Programme – This programme is to support young people who are stable in their drug use to work towards becoming drug-free.
Progression Programme – This programme is to support young people who are on a training/education programme (including school).
Aftercare – This programme is to support young people who have completed drug treatment and have moved on to employment/education/training.
Family Support Programme – This programme is designed to support family members of the young people who are experiencing drug problems.
The Deora Project was founded in 2003 and provides counselling and therapeutic support at a low cost / no cost charge to the people of the North Inner City.
The Deora Project is available to work with all types of loss including bereavement, suicide, homicide, and loss through addiction.
We provide counselling to clients in all stages of addiction and recovery, which includes alcohol dependency, narcotics, gambling, co-dependency, relapse intervention, aftercare support and harm reduction. Our experienced counselling team uses a variety of therapeutic models including one-to-one, group, outreach and drop-in counselling. We also support families and individuals who are affected by addiction.
The Deora Project is available to support people who are suicidal or self-harming. All our counselling team are trained in suicide crisis intervention and suicide first-aid (ASIST).
The Drop-In service provides information and referrals to services at the Deora Project and in the community. This service is available on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm, no appointment necessary. It offers crisis-orientated counselling aimed at reducing risk of harm to self and is particularly useful for people who are struggling with addiction or relapse.
The Deora Out-Reach Service provides one-to-one counselling and family support to clients who are unable to attend counselling at the Deora Project. Counselling can take place at the client’s house, community centre, or place of work. The Deora Project can arrange to see clients at projects and agencies throughout the North Inner City. We also provide outreach counselling support to agencies particularly in the area of suicide intervention, critical incident debriefing and postvention counselling.
We also offer trainings in ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Mindfulness, facilitated groupwork and workshops on bereavement and addiction.
HIV Ireland, formerly Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA) is a voluntary organisation working to improve conditions for people living with HIV and AIDS, their families and caregivers, while actively promoting HIV and sexual health awareness in the general population.
Prevention and education programmes funded by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force include:
HIV, Sexual Health & Drug Awareness Training Programme
This is a multi-disciplinary ‘train the trainers’ course which aims to provide youth and community leaders/workers with the skills necessary to engage young people in their care in sexual health and drug awareness education. This is an eight-day training programme (1 day per week for 8 weeks) and is FETAC Level 5 accredited.
HIV and Health Project – Safer Sex Negotiation Skills Training Programme
This training initiative primarily aims, through capacity building measures, to raise awareness of HIV and sexual health among vulnerable and at-risk groups located in the NICDTF area, to enable safer sex negotiation within these groups and modify and/or facilitate behaviour change, reducing primary and secondary HIV and STI transmission.
The ‘train the trainers’ programme, which is FETAC Level 5 accredited, aims to train youth and community leaders/workers, develop and enhance their skills, and provide them with relevant information and resources to deliver sexual health and negotiation skills training to the client group in their care. This is a seven-day training programme (1 day per week for 7 weeks).
One-day Sexual Health Workshop
A one-day workshop on sexual health is also available for youth and community workers who are unable to commit to the training for trainers programmes.
The Gateway Project offers FETAC accredited training and education programmes for women, including drug users who are stabilised and / or on methadone maintenance. Being a part of the Gateway Project provides women with the opportunity to:
- Learn and develop skills in a supportive environment
- Educate themselves for the workplace
- Develop lasting support structures
The H.O.P.E. project offers a first point of contact for those wishing to become drug free, and support to their families. Our Community Detox programme consists of assessment, referral, drug screening, counselling, holistic therapies, access to treatment and rehabilitiation, follow on care and advocacy. The project develops and delivers a range of drug / alcohol educational programmes for youth and adults in the North Inner City. The following courses are run on an ongoing basis:
· Drug / Alcohol Education (incl. Headshops) for all age groups
We welcome input from individuals and organisations in the community on relevant issues. We can tailor individual trainings to suit your needs. All of our services are free of charge to our client group (some fees may apply to professionals).
Inner City Organisations Network (ICON) has its’ roots in over twenty years of community organisation in the North East Inner City. It was formed to bring together all the local projects to fight against increasing local disadvantage and long-term unemployment. ICON work with individuals and families living in the area, local tenants’ groups, community projects and those working in loca area.
Community Participation Project:
Our aim is to fight against disadvantage and ensure that the voice of the community is heard. We facilitate the involvement of the community in the local decision making structures including NICDTF. We identify and communicate the needs and aspirations of the community to NICDTF in all aspects of drugs use, through community representatives. ICON also coordinate City Clinic Liaison Group. We sustain local participation by supporting community representatives; we developed and promote a strategy to overcome the barriers to community participation.
The North West Inner City Network (NWICN) is an independent member-based forum of Community and Voluntary Groups in the North West Inner City of Dublin. Established in 1997 by a group of local community activists, people living and working in the area, the Network seeks to ensure that the community has an active say in how their community is developed. It has a particular remit in relation to social inclusion.
Community Participation Project: Promoting social inclusion
The aim of the Community Participation Project is to support local people to get involved in the actions and decisions which affect our community. We are supported by NWICN Drugs Working Group, and facililate the involvement of the community in local decision making structures to enable them to participate in all key decisions that will affect their lives. This is achieved by providing information and support to become involved in policy process and training in key areas of Drugs, Health, Education, Housing, Justice and Environment.
NWICN represent the community on Local Drugs Task Force. We raise issues from NWICN Drugs Working Group (DWG) and local drug services, have raised & identified gaps and barriers to recovery for service users and their families, and have produced and disseminated publications “Directory of Local Drugs Service” and “Health Needs Assessment” for the Grangegorman area. In response to demand, we hosted two information sessions on “Head Shop” products for local projects, HSE, DCC, Homeless Services, schools and local community. We were part of delegation which met with Minister with responsibility for Drugs in order to highlight the growing needs in relation to tackling drug misuse and supply in the area.
The SAOL Project was established in October 1995 as a partnership between the local community and key agencies/organizations as an innovative community development approach to working with local women drug users. The SAOL project is a person-centred, community based programme for women in treatment for drug addiction. It aims to create positive meaningful change in the women’s lives through an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy, childcare provision (with a focus on early childhood education), progression and aftercare supports. The project’s ethos is informed by respect for the dignity of each woman.
An education programme designed over a two year period and which operates through FAS Community Employment.
Childrens Centre SAOL also provides a Children’s Centre, offering a daily crèche for children of our current and former clients as well as ongoing support and counselling for parents and children
SNUG Counselling Service
Macro Resource Centre, 1 Green Street, Dublin 7
Provides community based counselling services
The Snug Counselling Service provides support for clients, family members and the wider community who are affected by addictions, including drugs and alcohol.
The Service offers
- One to one counseling
- Family Support
- Women’s Group
- Drug Education
- Referral to other agencies
- Group Support
- Anger Management Training