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Carew, Anne Marie (2011) Official launch of Polish Centre for Addiction Counselling. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 38, Summer 2011 , p. 8.

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In June 2011 the Polish Centre for Addiction Counselling (CKU) was officially launched. To mark the occasion CKU held a seminar, Inclusive and Innovative Approach to Addiction Counselling in Multicultural Ireland, in conjunction with the South Inner City Drugs Task Force (SICDTF) and Coolmine Therapeutic Community. The aim of the seminar was to address the issue of accessibility of addiction services to ethnic minorities in Ireland. Mr Dermot Lacey, chairperson of the task force opened the seminar at Dublin’s Mansion House.

CKU was founded in May 2009 in response to demand from Polish nationals who could not access mainstream addiction services because they did not speak English. CKU provides free help and support, through the Polish language, to addicts and their families and is supported by the SICDTF. The CKU.therapeutic programme is based on the Minnesota model. Since its foundation CKU has provided support to approximately 300 clients. The service operates on voluntary basis and is located in Coolmine House, 19 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2. 
 
Further information is available at http://ckudublin.org/

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