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February News 2014


Dublin Aids Alliance

HIV and STIs: A 0ne-day Workshop

Date: Tuesday 15th April 2014
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 HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and general sexual health.

Who should attend?
This workshop will be beneficial to people working in the voluntary, youth and community sector who may deal with HIV, STIs and sexual health issues in the workplace, or who have a general interest in the area.

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 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 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/training materials are provided to each participant.

The workshop takes place in Dublin AIDS Alliance, 53 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop, so early booking is advisable. Closing date for bookings is Wednesday 9th April 2014.

Booking form and further information is available at or email  

In light of a recent increase in the incidence of flu, this is a good time to remind everyone of the importance of the flu vaccine, particularly those “at risk”

The vaccine is free in many cases, including to clients of Drug Treatment Centres and clients of Infectious Disease Centres of hospitals

It is also free if you have a medical card or GP visit card

Click here to view an information leaflet/ poster giving further information

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Diary Date - launch of consultation report


 will launch the report of the consultation about the impacts on

Drug Rehabilitation Projects of CE policy and budgetary changes

More details will follow, but please save the date.

Tuesday, March 11th 2014 – 2.15pm

in RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama & Education. OLV Building Cathedral View Court, Dublin 8.) 

For more information please contact:

Ruth Lawler
Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign
11 Cadogan Road
Dublin 3
Tel: +353 1 8365090

The Migrant Family Support Service, a new service assisting families experiencing childcare interventions opens March 2014

The dedicated service will offer practical advice and support to migrant families across Ireland whose children have been placed in care.

We have a team of dedicated staff and volunteers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and faiths, that will guide migrant parents through the complex systems of child protection interventions.


The Service is FREE of charge and operates in strict confidentiality.

Clinics - Thursday, 10am - 2pm

New Communities Partnership, 53 Upper Dorset St, Dublin 1.

To Book an Appointment or Contact the Service in Confidence –

Contact Daniela Jurj, Migrant Family Support Service - Tel: 01 8727842 / 087 9531815 or E-mail:  

The Service is Supported by The Community Foundation for Ireland.



TUSLA Child and Family Agency

On the 1st of January 2014 the Child and Family agency became an independent legal entity, comprising HSE Children & Family Services, Family Support Agency and the National Educational Welfare Board as well as incorporating some psychological services and a range of services responding to domestic, sexual and gender based violence.

The Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children.

Services include a range of universal and targeted services:

- Child protection and welfare services
- Educational Welfare Services
- Psychological Services
- Alternative care
- Family and Locally-based Community Supports
- Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Services

Contact details:

Child and Family Agency,
Block D, Park Gate Business Centre,
Parkgate Street,
Dublin 8.
Ph: 01 6352854 

To visit our website:



The North West Inner City Network is offering 10 hours of free basic computer training to local residents.


This FREE training will take place every Friday morning over 5 weeks.

When: Starts Friday 21 February 2014, and then every Friday morning for 5 Weeks
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: 42 Manor Street, Dublin 7

to view flyer for training course please click here

Places will be limited: to find out more or to book a place please contact:
Deborah Sutcliffe, North West Inner City Network, 117 – 118 North King St, D7

T: 01 677 44 94 M: 086 0728424 E:  

SAOL Project and UISCE are once again inviting women participants from all of the addiction centres in Ireland, to come together to share their experiences of being women in addiction services at an event called "It's Time To Talk Again".

This year we want to make a list of ‘Top Tips’ for people who are working with women with addiction issues.

Let’s guide those who work with women, to ensure that women have access to better and more effective treatment. Our ‘Top Tips’ will be published in Brass Munkie, appear on the SAOL website and go out in an email to as many addiction centres as we can find!  

Please click link to view poster for event here

We’ll promise good conversation and debate, a bite to eat and some pamper time for all who want it.

When: Wednesday 5th March from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Ballybough Community, Youth and Sports Centre, Dublin 3
Who: Any woman who participates in addiction services

Register early as there are limited places, contact:

Belinda in SAOL  or phone (01) 8553391

Emily in UISCE  or phone (01) 8733799

The Snug Counselling Service are running an 8 week Mindfulness Based programme for Men.

For those interested in learning how Mindfulness can enhance recovery there is an

open evening on the 18th February at 6pm

in The Snug Counselling Service

For more information on Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR) please click here

This course is now being offered to MALE participants from

Tues 11th March to Tues 6th May 2014

Each session is approximately 2 hours and will be held every Tuesday evening for eight weeks, starting at 6.30pm.

To view poster for this course, please click here

If you require any further information please contact Erika Comerford at The Snug

on ph.01 8786231 / Mobile:087 2735358













 General Fitness classes and Zumba classes are being held in

Ozanam House

details of classes and times can be found by clicking here

Feel free to display the attached notice in your service

or pass on these details to anyone who you feel may enjoy getting fit, healthy and having fun. 

Tony Rock
Ozanam House Resource Centre
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
53 Mountjoy Square West, Dublin 1
Phone: 01-8742804
Facebook: SVP Ozanam House 


Chrysalis will be running a Domestic Violence workshop for women

for six weeks beginning the 20th of March

For more information please click on attached invitation here 

or contact:

Miriam Ryan Project Worker/Outreach Worker

Chrysalis Community Drug Project, 33 Manor St., Dublin 7

Tel: +353 1 8823362 Fax:+01 8683351 Mob: 086 2198853

The Traveller Drug Network

The first Traveller Drug Network event of 2014 will take place

on Tues 18th Feb 2014 from 11am to 4pm

in the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, 46 North Great Charles Street, Dublin 1

The focus wil be on steroid use and tanning injections with an input from Noel O'Connor from Urrus/Ballymun Youth Action Project on performance and image enhancing drugs

Morning session will consist of information sharing, followed by a Q&A session

Afternoon Session: key note speaker To Be Announced

Light lunch will be provided / limited parking available

To register a place please email: