Drug & Alcohol Family Support Worker

Title: Drug & Alcohol Family Support Worker

Location: Galway

Hours of Work: 28 hours per week

Remuneration: €35K (per annum), travel expenses will be reimbursed at HSE rates

Contract Duration: This is a one-year fixed term contract which will be reviewed every 12 months, over a period of 3 years. There is an initial probationary period of 3 months.

Other Relevant Information:

The applicant will be employed by ARD Family Resource Centre, Doughiska. However, travel around Galway is essential.

Primary Objective:

To develop and provide supports to adult family members and significant others who are affected by substance misuse.

Role: The role of the Family Support Project Worker will be to provide a non-judgemental, confidential and person-centred support service to those who have been adversely affected by a family member or friend’s drug or alcohol misuse.

Reporting relationship: ARD Family Resource Centre Coordinator, Doughiska

Principle Duties:

1. Provide information and support to individuals and families in relation to substance use and its potential impacts.

2. To offer evidence-based interventions for individuals and families which reduce the negative impacts of substance misuse. This may include facilitating groups.

3. Promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults who access support.

4. Raise awareness of, and improve, access to other appropriate support for family members.

5. To work as part of an integrated network of professionals supporting individuals and families affected by substance misuse.

6. To work towards achieving the goals of the current underpinning WRDATF Family Support Strategy.

7. Appropriate and efficient referrals to other services which meet the holistic needs of individuals and families e.g. counselling, mental health support, Tusla, housing support, domestic violence services.

8. To keep accurate and up-to-date records of work undertaken including case files, while abiding to data protection policies.

9. Attend regular meetings with family support coordinator including team meetings, supervision etc.

Essential requirements

  • A 3rd level qualification in a related field

  • A Minimum 2 years’ experience working with individuals, families and communities

  • An ability to engage with and support family members in an empathetic, non-judgemental and sensitive manner towards meeting their needs

  • An understanding of the complexity of addiction and the effects of this on individuals, families and communities.

  • Open and innovative approach to work

  • Driver’s license & access to car

  • Excellent communication skills, IT proficient & demonstrated team work experience


  • Knowledge of drug & alcohol issues, dual diagnosis, family programmes and evidence-based interventions e.g. 5-Step, CRAFT, SMART Family and Friends, Non-Violence Resistance Training

  • Experience of interagency working in a similar setting

  • Experience of facilitating groups


  • Garda vetting will apply

  • Flexibility required in working hours

Informal enquiries: Maria Powers, Family Support Coordinator, maria.powers@wrdatf.ie / 087 6955557

Closing date: 17th September, 2021 @ 2pm

Date of Interview: As soon as possible after the closing date.

Application Form

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