Maria Powers provides support to those negatively affected by a family member’s or loved one’s drug or alcohol abuse. This service offers the opportunity to discuss the needs of the person and family affected, to receive relevant information on alcohol and drug topics, to avail of tailored one-to-one interventions and referrals to other services. Maria works at various locations throughout Galway city and county. As well as working directly with family members, Maria also provides information to agencies working with families who may be affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use and strives to raise awareness of the potential harmful impacts on families.
Contact: Maria Powers
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Galway Technology Park
The role of the family support worker is to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to receive support around a family member’s alcohol or drug misuse. The service is based out of Tacú family resource centre in Ballinrobe but provides outreach to Castlebar, Westport and Claremorris.
One to one support: A safe and non-judgemental space where you are listened to and supported. The family support worker will help you identify and work with your needs, goals and strengths.
Information: Give relevant information on drugs, alcohol, and the effects substance misuse has on individuals and the family.
Evidenced based support programmes: The provision of family support programmes such as 5-Step and CRAFT. 5-Step is a programme working with the stress and strain substance misuse has on a family member. CRAFT is a family programme developing skills such as communication and problem solving.
Referral options: Provide sign posting to further services based on needs.
Respite and wellness options: Planned events for family members.
Self-care: Promote physical, mental and social health and well-being
Contact: Mags Dillon
Tacú Family Resource Centre, Credit Union House, Main St, Friarsquarter West, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
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.
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.