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Staff

Deirdre Hurney

Role: Independent Chairperson

Address:
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Unit 6
Galway Technology Park
Parkmore
Galway

Telephone: 091 480044

Email: info@wrdatf.ie

Michéal Durcan

Role: Coordinator

Address:
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Unit 6
Galway Technology Park
Parkmore
Galway

Telephone: 091 48 00 44

Email: micheal.durcan2@hse.ie

Orla Walshe

Role: Project Development Worker

Address:
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Unit 6
Galway Technology Park
Parkmore
Galway

Telephone: 091 48 00 53

Email: orla.walshe@wrdatf.ie

Gary Kyne

Role: Financial Administrator

Address:
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Unit 6
Galway Technology Park
Parkmore
Galway

Telephone: 091 48 00 44

Email: gary.kyne@wrdatf.ie

Funded Projects

Regional Family Support Co-ordinator

WRDATF

The role of the Family Support Coordinator is to support families, family support workers and other individuals/agencies working directly with families within the western region.

Debbie provides training and education to front line workers, agencies and communities in the area of addiction and the support needs of family members.

Debbie develops customised family support programmes and information materials, supports family support groups, organises awareness raising events as well as promoting the needs of families affected by substance use. Following the completion of the regional needs analysis and the development of the Family Support Strategy 2017-2020, Debbie will oversee and drive the strategy in the region.

Contact: Debbie McDonagh

Address:
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Unit 6
Galway Technology Park
Parkmore
Galway
091 480059
debbie.mcdonagh@wrdtf.ie

Telephone: 087 6955557

Email: debbie.mcdonagh@wrdatf.ie

Community Liaison Worker (East Galway and South Roscommon)

GRETB

Emmet is the Community Liaison Worker for East County Galway and South Roscommon

The key elements of the Community Liaison Worker role are to:

  • Develop community and inter-agency projects that target local drug and alcohol related problems.
  • Raise awareness of substance misuse issues generally and also amongst agencies and community organisations.
  • Co-ordinate responses to regional developments
  • Develop supports for those experiencing difficulties due to drug or alcohol use.
  • Implement and support policy development in statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  • Signpost relevant services and supports in the area

Contact: Emmet Major

Address:
Youthreach
Airglooney
Tuam
Co. Galway

Telephone: 087 6629953

Email: emmet.major@wrdatf.ie

Communty Liaison Worker (Galway City and West Galway)

GRETB

Liam is the Community Liaison Worker for Galway City and Connemara

The key elements of the Community Liaison Worker role are to:

  • Develop community and inter-agency projects that target local drug and alcohol related problems.
  • Raise awareness of substance misuse issues generally and also amongst agencies and community organisations.
  • Co-ordinate responses to regional developments
  • Develop supports for those experiencing difficulties due to drug or alcohol use.
  • Implement and support policy development in statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  • Signpost relevant services and supports in the area

Contact: Liam O' Loughlin

Address:
GRETB
Mervue Training Centre
Galway City

Telephone: 087 6217728

Email: liam.oloughlin@wrdatf.ie

Community Liaison Worker (Mayo and North Roscommon)

South West Mayo Development Company

Pat is the Community Liaison Worker for Mayo and North Roscommon.

The key elements of the Community Liaison Worker role are to:

  • Develop community and inter-agency projects that target local drug and alcohol related problems.
  • Raise awareness of substance misuse issues generally and also amongst agencies and community organisations.
  • Co-ordinate responses to regional developments
  • Develop supports for those experiencing difficulties due to drug or alcohol use.
  • Implement and support policy development in statutory, community and voluntary organisations.
  • Signpost relevant services and supports in the area

Some examples of Pat's work are the:
  • Coordination of the Mayo Junior Cert Results Night Initiative which was developed to reduce alcohol related harm around Junior Cert Results night in Mayo
  • Coordination of the Regional Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week Events in Mayo/North Roscommon.
  • Delivery of SAOR Training in Co Mayo and North Roscommon.
  • Participation on local networks such as Swinford Interagency Network, Mayo Child and Family Support Networks, Castlebar Area Network etc.

Contact: Patrick Conway

Address:
South West Mayo Development Company
Balla
Co. Mayo

Telephone: 087 7400011

Email: pat.conway@wrdatf.ie

Education Support Worker (Mayo and Roscommon)

South West Mayo Development Company

Gillian supports the delivery of drug education in counties Mayo and Roscommon. She offers the design and delivery of specific needs based training, professional upskilling and capacity building, parent education, community seminars and information sessions and the facilitation of high-risk groups.

Contact: Gillian Conway

Address:
Balla
Co. Mayo

Telephone: 086 7814779

Email: gillian.conway@wrdatf.ie

Education Support Worker (Galway City & County)

AIDS West

Neil's role is to:

  • Develop and deliver holistic drug and alcohol education/prevention programmes to young people, parents, professionals, organisations, ethnic minorities, at risk groups and communities where a need has been identified.
  • Design, implement and evaluate effective drug and alcohol education/prevention programmes.
  • Support and develop the delivery of drug education to the relevant target groups, in line with best practice.
  • Enhance the capacity of professionals in the area of drugs and alcohol education e.g. youth workers, teachers, social workers, community development projects (CDPs), family resource centres (FRCs), occupational health teams etc.

Contact: Neil Wilson

Address:
Ozanam House
St. Augustine Street 
Galway

Telephone: 086 7274888

Email: neil.wilson@wrdatf.ie

Substance Misuse Counsellor for People who are Homeless

Galway Simon Community

Trish is the Substance Misuse Counsellor for People who are Homeless and is based in Galway City.  Key elements of the role are:

  • To undertake assessments and brief interventions with drug and alcohol misusers, their families or relatives. 
  • To offer a variety of therapeutic interventions and support, demonstrating innovative and good practice at all times.
  • To act as a central resource for the board area on drug and alcohol related interventions, treatments and advice.
  • To support GP’s, primary health care workers, homeless service providers and other disciplines in the management of drug users in their own area of work.
  • To maintain accurate, confidential records of clinical practice
  • To contribute to the ongoing development of the drug/alcohol service within the HSE area.  

Contact: Patricia Mullins

Address:
Galway Simon Community
18 Tuam Road Centre
Tuam Road
Galway

Telephone: 087 4168582

Email: patricia.mullins@wrdatf.ie