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McGuire, Vivion (2016) Peter McVerry Trust annual report 2014. Drugnet Ireland, Issue 56, Winter 2016, p. 26.

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The Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT) annual report for 2014 was launched on 17 November 2015 by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD.1 During 2014 the Trust continued to tackle a wide range of needs – homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage – through the provision of services in areas such as homelessness prevention, housing, accommodation for homeless people, drug treatment and under-18s residential services.


During 2014 the Trust opened at least one new service in each of its four core areas of service provision. These new services, combined with the rapid rise of people presenting as homeless, resulted in a large increase in participant numbers: during 2014 the Trust engaged with almost 4,460 participants across its services, representing an increase of 24 per cent since 2013.


Provision of drug treatment services is a crucial support for many participants. During 2014, 78 per cent of those accessing the Trust’s services had current or past experience of drug misuse. The Trust’s residential community detoxification service delivered support to 80 participants. These clients were admitted to the service seeking either detoxification from methadone or engagement with the residential cannabis cessation programme. This latter programme began in January 2013 as a direct response to the growing number of young people presenting with concerns about the impact of cannabis use on their lives.


PMVT continues to provide stabilisation and recovery services in both Dublin City and in North County Dublin, and 397 individuals availed of these services in 2014. Both services provide a safe and stable environment for young people over 18 years of age who wish to stabilise their problematic drug use. Participants on the Stabilisation Programme engage in psycho-educational and process groups, with the aim of increasing drug and health awareness. This is achieved through ongoing peer-to-peer and one-to-one support.


The Swords Stabilisation Programme, which PMVT established in mid-2013, provides participants with access to two day programmes: an early relapse prevention programme, and the stabilisation programme. During its first full year, the new facility worked with over 100 people from the North Dublin area. The service provides links to other service providers in the region and is partly funded by the North Dublin Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force.


For further information on the Peter McVerry Trust and the services it offers please access www.pmvtrust.ie


1 Peter McVerry Trust (2015) Annual report for 2014. Dublin: PMVT. https://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/24829/

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Issue Title
Issue 56, Winter 2016
January 2016
Page Range
p. 26
Health Research Board
Issue 56, Winter 2016

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