As part of our job we also have a link with other agencies such
as probation and juvenile liaison officers.
We also meet with people in the community who are concerned
about the drug problems in their area such as resident committees
and parent groups.
We will also meet with a parent or a family member who has concerns
about someone close to them.
|Outreach Work was first developed in the USA as a response
to the problems of street gangs in the late 1950's.
It was started in Ireland in the 1970's by a staff member of
the Anna Liffey Drugs Project to befriend drug users on O' Connell
Street. The Eastern Health Board (E.R.H.A) commenced Outreach
in 1988 in the HIV / AIDS Service operating from Baggot Street
Clinic which was known then as the AIDS Resource Centre.
Later as the drug epidemic spread and the problems with drug
users not availing of services became apparent, it was decided
to target this group.
The role of the Outreach is:
- to promote awareness of HIV / AIDS, Drugs and Sexual Health
through education and information.
- to support local communities and individuals who are not
currently in contact with services.
- to advocate on behalf of identified target groups.
- to link people into treatment centres for heroin detoxification
- to provide a wide variety of detoxification options as
alternatives to methadone
Outreach provide information and education on the following:
- Drugs / Drug Treatment
- Safer injecting techniques
- Safer Sex
- Sexually Transmitted Infections
- HIV / AIDS
Gay Men's Health Project:
For gay men bisexuals and men who have sex with other men.
Started in 1991 as part of the HIV / AIDS prevention to offer
a variety of services for gay, lesbian, trans-sexuals and bi-sexuals.
Baggot Street Clinic,
Tues 6.30pm-8.00pm - For HIV Hepatitis testing
Wed 6.00pm-8.00pm - For HIV Hepatitis and S.T.I's also a C.W.O
for welfare issues.
At this point it's to be said that the gay men's health project
was run by one Outreach Worker up on until 1999, when two more
Outhouse opened in 1997, this offers a friendly ear and support
for the gay, lesbian, trans-sexual, bi-sexual community.
6 South William Street,
Tues 2pm-4pm and Thurs 2pm-4pm
Women's Health Project:
Started in 1991 as part of the HIV / AIDS prevention and to
promote the health and well being in women prostitution.
19 Haddington Rd
Wed 2pm-4pm and Thurs 8.30pm-10.30pm
It offers a safe place for women in prostitution to access their
comprehensive health service. In the line of their work they
would have dealt with about 700 women and only about 200 of
them were involved in the drug scene.