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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 249 - Departmental funding [Parent groups] [3992/08]. (06 Feb 2008)

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249. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  the parent based support groups against drug or illicit substances uses that his Department funds or has contact with. [3992/08]

Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Pat Carey): Family support has been identified as a priority under the National Drugs Strategy and many drugs projects that are funded by my Department include such support as part of the wider range of services that they offer. Approximately 56 projects in Local and Regional Drugs Task Force areas focus particularly (but not exclusively in some cases) on family support issues, with an estimated annual allocation of over €4.5m.

The tables below list those projects by Drugs Task Force area. Furthermore, an allocation of €150,000 was approved for the Family Support Network in 2007. This allocation has allowed the existing Family Support Network to be established on a more firm and organised footing, thus facilitating the co-ordinated development of local family support groups around the country. The funding will also facilitate improved links and partnerships between the families of problem drug users and others involved in the National Drugs Strategy. Finally, the Report of the Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation, which was published last year, recognised that families of problem drug users have the potential to be a key element to the rehabilitative effort.

The recommendations of that Report will be implemented as part of the Programme for Government. 

Family Support Projects in Local Drugs Task Force (LDTF) Areas 

Task Force Area Project 2008 Allocation
Cork LDTF Family Support Worker 65,000
  Family Therapy 110,979
Canal Communities LDTF Drop-In Worker 52,391
Clondalkin LDTF CASP Family Support Worker 56,964
  Bawnogue Youth & Family Support Group 57,406
  CASP Late night Drop-In 7,172
  Aftercare Project 13,796
  Outreach Drop-In Service 92,708
Dublin 12 LDTF Family Support Lower Crumlin 72,980
  Walkinstown Greenhills Community Resource Centre 294,587
Finglas Cabra LDTF FAST Drop-In Service 269,809
  Let’s Start Project 27,977
  Promote & set up Family Support Groups 6,961
North East LDTF Edenmore Youth & Family Support 79,500
North Inner City LDTF Snug Counselling Service 161,839
  Chrysallis Community Drug Project 245,381
South Inner City LDTF Mercy Family Centre, Support Worker 54,000
  Family Support Project 54,961
  Whitefriar Street Family Support Worker 48,554
  CAP: Family Support Project 64,271
  Casadh: Family Support Worker 39,568
Blanchardstown LDTF Blanchardstown LDTF Family Support 84,776
  Huntstown/Hartstown CDT 50,084
  Mountview/Blakestown Youth Initiative Family Support Worker 70,226
  Expansion of WEB project 71,665
Ballymun LDTF DCC Family Support Workers 72,547
  Lifestart 158,332
  Childcare Worker & Outreach Programme 13,435
  Outfit Programme 27,145
  Total 2,425,014

Family Support Projects in Regional Drugs Task Force Areas 

Task Force Area County / Area covered by Project Project Approved Annual Allocation
East Coast RDTF Wicklow Co. Wicklow Community Addiction Team 459,110
  Wicklow Wicklow Town Child & Family Support Project 21,000
  Wicklow ISPCC, Training and Awareness Officer Service 113,737
  Wicklow Living Life Counselling 10,000
  Wicklow Counselling Service for Rural Wicklow 50,000
Northern Area RDTF Dublin Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs 60,000
  Dublin Drug Awareness Programme Parents’ Support Manual 76,312
  Dublin Campaign strategy for targeting C.I.C. workers 19,000
  Dublin RDTF Information Campaign 40,000
South West RDTF South West Region Drug Education Co-ordinator 105,106
North East RDTF North East Region North East Family Support Network 5,000
  Meath South Meath Response 78,700
  Cavan Cavan Drug Awareness 150,000
  Louth Way of the Cross Crossroads Project 125,000
  Louth Make Change Project 65,010
North West RDTF Donegal White Oaks Rehabilitation Centre 65,000
  North West Region Peer Education Programmes 30,000
South East RDTF Kilkenny Croí Nua, Aislinn Centre 65,000
  Waterford Inner City Ferrybank Community Drugs Awareness 50,333
  Kilkenny Family Support Worker 23,405
  South East Region Family Support Development Worker 65,290
Southern RDTF Cork Matt Talbot Adolescent Services Aftercare Programme 40,000
  Cork Fellowship House for Men Aftercare 50,000
  Southern Region Strengthening Families Programme 30,000
Western RDTF Mayo Hope House Family Support 50,000
Mid-West RDTF Mid-West Region Family Support Project 50,000
Midlands RDTF Midlands Region Midlands Family Support & Community Harm Reduction Programme 291,255
    Total 2,188,258

Vol. 646 No. 2
Written Answers
Wednesday, 6 February 2008

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