Category: Partners

Seeking Safety Peer Researchers

We have had the great pleasure of meeting the Seeking Safety Team and working with them for three days on their peer research training. The researchers are undertaking research on the Seeking Safety Project. We loved the tasty cake that said “best research team”.

The Seeking Safety programme was established in November 2022 through the National Clinical Programme for Dual Diagnosis. Its initial focus is on women with mental health substance and trauma lived experience. The aim of the programme is to provide peer support and run the Seeking Safety porgramme groups.The workers are in seven HSE Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) in partnership with HSE-funded agencies (host orgnaisaions).
There are 7 host organisations, with each organisation employing one Seeking Safety Project Worker. The host organisations are:
• Ballyfermot Star, Drumfinn Park, Drumfinn, Ballyfermot, Co. Dublin
• Ballymun Star, The Horizons Centre, Balcurris Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11,
• Reddoor Project, St. Marys Convent School, Dublin Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
• Roscommon Women’s Network, Unit 5, The Old Mill, Castlerea, Co Roscommon. F45 TN82
• Ruhama, 4 Castle St, Dublin 2
• SAOL Project, 58 Amiens St., Dublin 1
• Sophia Housing, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

Pictures from the Joining the dots event

On Monday the 15th May we hosted  “Join The Dots”  a North East Inner City stakeholder event in the Communication Worker’s Union on the North Circular Road. This Event was an opportunity for local organisations to come together and cocreate the process for an integrated care pathway for Dual Diagnosis Recovery in the Community. The North East Inner City is a vibrant community however, statistically the community experiences higher levels of disadvantage than Dublin City and the rest of Ireland. There are high levels of poverty resulting in marginalization of communities which ultimately has a knock off affect for the residents and community members. As a result of living with such adversity, issues with Mental health and Substance use can be a side affect. This can have a ripple affect on families and the community creating a negative cycle. When it comes to Dual Diagnosis, there are many community projects in the North East Inner City that are providing supports for individuals and families across all areas – prevention, intervention, treatment and Recovery Supports. The aim of this session was to bring these services together to develop a pathway for people that means they can avail of the supports these services have to offer in a holistic and integrated way.

Dual Diagnosis Skills Enhancement Workshop in the North East Inner City

Dual Diagnosis Skills Enhancement Workshop in the North East Inner City

The Recovery College will be delivering a further two one day workshops in May which will be co-facilitated by members of the community who have lived and/or professional experience with dual diagnosis.

This one day workshop will build on the Dual Diagnosis Awareness workshops rolled out in the NEIC community in 2019. It is a step above ‘awareness’ and will look to enhance the skills of people with, family members of, and organisations working with people who may have substance use and mental health difficulties along with other complex needs. The workshop will be trauma informed, acknowledging the place of individual and community trauma as an important factor in people developing substance use and mental health issues. In the interactive workshop we will work with participants present understanding of Dual Diagnosis and existing interpersonal, relationship, clinical and community engagement skills. We will use real case studies and community scenarios to enhance how people can and already do work with people who have both mental health and substance use difficulties. The plan is that participants will feel more confident to respond to dual diagnosis at an individual level and through interagency networking.

The workshop will be broken up into two half day sessions one week apart, hopefully this will make it easier for some people with work or childcare commitments.

Workshop 1 will be held on 22nd and 29th May at St Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Sheriff Street Lower, Dublin, D01 PD89

Workshop 2 will be held on 23rd/30th May at Killarney Court Community Centre, Buckingham St, Dublin 1
Both Sessions will start at 10am and finish at 1pm