The role of the Family Support Coordinator is to support families, family support workers and other individuals/agencies working directly with families within the western region.
Debbie provides training and education to front line workers, agencies and communities in the area of addiction and the support needs of family members.
Debbie develops customised family support programmes and information materials, supports family support groups, organises awareness raising events as well as promoting the needs of families affected by substance use. Following the completion of the regional needs analysis and the development of the Family Support Strategy 2017-2020, Debbie will oversee and drive the strategy in the region.
Contact: Debbie McDonagh
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Galway Technology Park
The role of the family support worker is to provide a safe and non-judgemental space to receive support around a family member’s alcohol or drug misuse. The service is based out of Tacú family resource centre in Ballinrobe but provides outreach to Castlebar, Westport and Claremorris.
One to one support: A safe and non-judgemental space where you are listened to and supported. The family support worker will help you identify and work with your needs, goals and strengths.
Information: Give relevant information on drugs, alcohol, and the effects substance misuse has on individuals and the family.
Evidenced based support programmes: The provision of family support programmes such as 5-Step and CRAFT. 5-Step is a programme working with the stress and strain substance misuse has on a family member. CRAFT is a family programme developing skills such as communication and problem solving.
Referral options: Provide sign posting to further services based on needs.
Respite and wellness options: Planned events for family members.
Self-care: Promote physical, mental and social health and well-being
Contact: Mags Dillon
Tacú Family Resource Centre, Credit Union House, Main St, Friarsquarter West, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Gillian supports the delivery of drug education in counties Mayo and Roscommon. She offers the design and delivery of specific needs based training, professional upskilling and capacity building, parent education, community seminars and information sessions and the facilitation of high-risk groups.
Develop and deliver holistic drug and alcohol education/prevention programmes to young people, parents, professionals, organisations, ethnic minorities, at risk groups and communities where a need has been identified.
Design, implement and evaluate effective drug and alcohol education/prevention programmes.
Support and develop the delivery of drug education to the relevant target groups, in line with best practice.
Enhance the capacity of professionals in the area of drugs and alcohol education e.g. youth workers, teachers, social workers, community development projects (CDPs), family resource centres (FRCs), occupational health teams etc.