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Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force Projects

The projects funded by Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force fall broadly into 2 categories

Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force also coordinates the Ballymun Network For Assisting Children and Young People. Which is an interagency response to the needs of young people in the Ballymun area click here for more information.

Education, Prevention and Intervention Projects

Strengthening Families Programme

Strengthening Families ProgrammeThe Strengthening Families Programme is a 14 week family skills programme which works with teenagers and their parents to develop their communication skills.

For further information, see the Strengthening Families section of our website.

Outfit Programme

Ballymun Regional Youth ResourceThe Outfit Programme is managed by Ballymun Regional Youth Resource, the local Youth Service. Outfit is targeted at young people aged between 17-21, who are involved in high risk, anti-social behaviour and are either involved in early drug misuse or are at high risk of misusing drugs. The objective of Outfit is to build relations of trust with the target group and offer mentoring and other supports so as to reduce risk improve behaviour and enhance life opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about Outfit, contact 01 8667600,

Aisling Project

Aisling ProjectThe Aisling Project is an afterschool club which operates in 4 sites in Ballymun for children aged 8 -13. The children receive assistance with homework, sit down to eat a freshly-cooked meal and participate in activities such as drama, reading, art, gardening and swimming. Approximately 80 local children take part in the Aisling projects.

If you are interested in learning more about Aisling, contact 01 8621379,

Early Bird Clubs

Ballymun Educational Support Team The Early Bird Clubs are supported by BEST (Ballymun Educational Support Team.) By providing a free breakfast for school children in the area before the school day begins, concentration levels are enhanced and attendance and punctuality are improved.

The clubs operate in many of the local schools on Monday – Friday when schools are open.


Treatment and Rehabilitation Projects

Vocational Support

Ballymun Job CentreBallymun Job Centre’s Vocational Support service assists individuals coming from addiction in progressing career action plans and accessing appropriate interventions (Basic skills training, preparatory training, literacy support, etc.) The service also works with clients to support, motivate and encourage individuals to overcome the specific barriers that limit their capacity to access employment.

If you are interested in learning more about Ballymun Job Centre, contact 01 8667000,

Aftercare Workers

Youth Action ProjectThe Aftercare Workers are based in YAP (Youth Action Project) and assists in providing a range of Aftercare services and activities for drug users from the Ballymun area who are exiting treatment and rehabilitation and continue to need support and back up.

If you are interested in learning more about Aftercare, contact YAP on 01 8428071,

STAR Project

STAR ProjectSTAR provides a Stabilisation Day Programme, Drug Free Day Programme, Continuing Care Programme, and a Family Support Service for Ballymun and the surrounding area.

If you are interested in learning more about STAR, contact 01 846 7930

GP Community Partnership Addiction Project

Ballymun Family PracticeThe GP Community Partnership Addiction Project operates from Ballymun Family Practice. An addiction counsellor is available to assist and support those  using benzodiazepines and other drugs and alcohol.  Your GP within the Ballymun Family Practice can provide you with more information on this service.


The Contact Service

Contact ServiceThe Contact Service is an evening and weekend service for those at various stages of their drug and alcohol use who are currently not in services or linked in regularly with services. It provides support, drug and alcohol and information, links to other services that and a drop in.

If you are interested in learning more about the Contact Service, contact 086 2609382


UrrĂºsUrrús is a URRÚS is a centre of learning where people can access a range of training options in order to increase their effectiveness and participation in the area of responses to drug misuse. Courses range from short workshops on particular topics to the 2 year Diploma in Community Drugs Work.

If you are interested in learning more about Urrús, contact Gabrielle Gilligan on 01 846 7980

Ballymun Family Support Group

STAR ProjectBallymun Family Support Group is for those affected by a family member or partner who is using drugs or alcohol. It supports people on a one to one basis, as well as having a family support group which meets regularly. It is managed by the Star Project.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ballymun Family Support Group, contact Paul Browne on 01 846 7930.

Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force, Axis Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

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