Drop-In Service

kettleThe Drop-in service aims to:

  • provide a low threshold non-judgmental space for drug and alcohol users in the catchment area
  • enable clients to form positive relationships within the project and
  • Signpost to the relevant services.

Counselling Service

The DC&AT aims to:

  • Provide a private and confidential practice for those affected by addiction.
  • Tailor the service to the needs of the individual, and
  • Utilise various therapeutic models for behavioural change.

Community Drug Work

DCD&AT aims to carry out best practice community drug work. This involves key working and case management for clients.

  • Key working involves carrying out an assessment and producing an individual care plan to ensure that the client’s needs are being addressed appropriately.
  • A case management system allows DCD&AT to act as the lead agency to ensure clients’ rights, entitlements and, benefits are being met. As a lead agency, the DCD&AT is committed to ensuring clients’ needs are needs are central to their own care plan. We will also be able to call case conferences with all the other relevant agencies to discuss progress with the care plan.


DCD&AT aims to network and collaborate with statutory agencies, voluntary organisations and community based groups involved in issues concerning problem drug and alcohol use and, socio-economic disadvantage within the south inner city of Dublin.

Provide a Youth Drug and Alcohol Support Service

In partnership with St. Theresa’s Gardens’ Regeneration Group employ a Youth Drug and Alcohol Support Worker

  • Conduct needs analysis in relation to poly drug use and young people locally
  • Develop a service plan to respond to the need
  • Seek funding, potentially for a youth specific drug and alcohol worker

Provide a Targeted Family Support Service

Establish and respond to need for family support

  • Understand need among the client group and the community
  • Develop a service model for family support
  • Engage relevant partners such as the Family Support Network
  • Seek funding for a part-time family support worker

Develop and Implement an Impact Measurement Strategy for the Organisation

Develop an outcomes framework for all facets of the work of Donore CDAT

  • Identify outcomes
  • Adapt IT and paper systems to ensure data can be collected
  • Analyse data to assess the impact of the project on service users, families and where possible, the wider community

Implement a Formalised Key Working/Case Management Model in line with National Good Practice

Implement a key-working / case management system for 121 working that is in line with NDRIC, QuADS and standards in Safer Better Healthcare in order to improve the 1-2-1 service provided to clients

  • In partnership with local services or the Task Force, seek training on key working, care planning and case management
  • Review all policies and procedures to ensure they are in line with national standards
  • Implement the formalised system
  • Review for effectiveness at [e.g. 6 months]

Undertake a Training Needs Analysis and seek to resource it

  • Poly substance use
  • Youth drug and alcohol use
  • Supporting people with dual diagnosis

Respond to Increasing Demands for Specific Service Provision

  • Increase counselling hours
    • Establish partnership with counsellor training centres
    • Agree minimum standards and supervision arrangements
    • Pilot the partnership and service provision
    • Review at 6 months – 1 year for effectiveness
  • Increase hours of availability of holistics
    • Establish partnership with holistics training centre
    • Agree minimum standards and supervision arrangements
    • Pilot the partnership and service provision