Drugs & Alcohol
The TVG Traveller Support Project on Drugs and Alcohol is funded by the HSE Local Drugs Task Force. The TVG has 2 part-time Project Workers, Ann Jordan and Joan Nolan. Ann does 1-1 addiction work and Joan does 1-1 family support. The central vision of the project is that we:
“Offer an accessible and visible service to the Cork Traveller Community, that is both confidential and culturally appropriate”.
The goals of the project include:
Goal 1: To Identify & target client group:
A) We engaged in outreach work to community members across the city on an ongoing basis.
B) We also engage in service outreach to identify and target client group and increase referral.
Goal 2: To be an individual support to Travellers dealing with drug & Alcohol related issues:
In the 1-1 addiction work, that Ann Jordan does, she uses key-working, care planning and case management. When people start doing 1-1 work with Ann, they get information about confidentiality and about what is involved in recovery. The project uses the term 'client' or 'service users' for every person who uses the project. On starting 1-1 work, forms have to be filled out, with some personal questions, so that a clear picture develops of what is happening in the persons life. Care plans are developed to help the client reduce the harm they are doing to themselves, and to others. Clients get help filling out the forms (initial assessments, and HRB forms) and they start to learn about their addiction, and how to challenge it.
Goal 3: To be a Support to Concerned Persons dealing with drug & alcohol related issues:
Joan Nolan is the Family Support worker. Joan uses key-working, care planning and case management with her clients. Joan also uses the 5 Step Method to further support the family members. Clients get information about confidentiality and what family support can mean.
Goal 4: To engage in Drug and Alcohol Education & Prevention work with Travellers
This project is developing a Service User Plan with the Local Drugs Task Force. Joan and Ann participate in Traveller information events and meet with Traveller groups regularly to raise awareness of the project and build relationships across the community.
Goal 5: To increase Traveller participation in D& A services
To support clients and /or their engagement in other Drug & Alcohol services Ann and Joan link with a number of services/ agencies on a regular basis.
TVG Drugs and Alcohol project also organises Mindfulness and Acupuncture sessions and courses regularly for the Traveller community locally.