The Drug support Services


On behalf of the Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force (BLDTF), the BJC offers a service to people who have or have had drug or alcohol issues. The service aims to develop bridging supports for clients coming from a background of drug or alcohol use. The service works with clients to develop new directions, priorities and networks around re-integration strategies. The main supports provided include employment supports, vocational educational supports, prison and community links, career guidance and the development of training supports.

The main objective of the service funded supported by this Project is to assist individuals with a history of drug misuse to access education, training and guidance supports. Working with the client to develop new directions, priorities and networks around labour market re-integration strategies. The service works with clients to support, motivate and encourage individuals to overcome the specific barriers that limit their capacity to access employment. As well as the provision of individual supports the service develops training activities specifically designed for the client group. The service assists individuals in progressing career action plans and accessing the appropriate interventions.

  • Assist individuals with a history of drug misuse to access education, training and guidance supports by providing comprehensive and realistic career guidance plans.
  • Using psychometrics tools to support clients in the important discovery of innate abilities and interests for further training and education and the world of work.
  • The service works collaboratively with other agencies on an on-going basis to support clients in their needs and aspirations through accessing the appropriate interventions.
  • As well as the provision of individual supports the service developed training activities specifically designed for the client group onsite encouraging the development of career aspirations and confidence and skills relevant to further education and training
  • Assessing individual career plans relevant to the Education Bursary Fund and administration of same.
  • The project develops and facilitates programmes in partnership with other agencies and organisations.
• Recovering/Stabilised drug users
• Adult drug users (over 18 years)
• Young drug users (under 18 years)
• Homeless drug users
• Families of drug users
You can avail of the High Support services in a number of ways:

• Self-Referral – call in to the BJC and register with our services
• External Referral – from another local agency
• Internal Referral – from your Guidance Officer in the BJC.

For further information or to speak to a member of the Team, contact us at:
Telephone 01 8667000

Take Initiative Programme
This programme will offer a comprehensive and innovative preparatory course specifically developed for clients of the drug services of Ballymun.
The Programme aims to prepare clients for further/third level education and employment by exploring meaningful career paths through the method of career guidance, foundation training and life skill supports. Modules will include Steps, Art, Drama, team building and QQI Level 3 modules in Communications and Computer literacy.

All participants will be assigned a career guidance practitioner from The BJC Drug Support team who will provide them with support and career guidance both during the course and after completion.

Appropriate referrals and relationships will be built for each participant with local relevant agencies.

In 2015 the staff developed & facilitated 2 programmes, along with other interagency activities:

Scope 2015;

This Interagency programme was driven by an identified gap for an intervention for high support clients. This group of individuals require intensive, high support as their needs are often difficult to address & are highly complex. The Ballymun Job Centre worked with YAP & RIS to select clients. Ballymun Job Centre delivered Naviguide Group Career Guidance which helps clients identify their values, goals and further plans regarding employment.

Take Initiative 2015;

With this course, we aimed to facilitate integration & progression to further education through personal development, college preparation & career guidance. The programme offered further support in the form of steps training, Art Therapy, team building, QQI L3 Computer literacy, QQI L3 Personal Development, QQI L3 communications. With 7 clients completing the initiative, 5 of which gained full QQI L3 accreditation in communications and personal development, and 6 completing with QQI L3 in computers. Total session hours: 141

Boxing Clever;

In addition to the above, the Job Centre was directly involved in the co-ordination of Boxing Clever Programme, taking over the interagency role of RI.

Education Bursary:

33 individuals availed of the Education Bursary between January and December 2015. Their choice of training and or education was a result of a career guidance process to ensure the best career match, based on the individual’s interests, personality and abilities.

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Take Initiative Training 2016

The Programme aims to prepare clients for further/third level education and employment by exploring meaningful career paths through the method of career guidance, foundation training and life skill supports. Modules will include Steps, Art, Drama, team building and QQI Level 3 modules in Communications and Computer literacy.

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If you would like further information on the Take Initiative Programme or any of our supports Services, then please contact one of the Drug Support Services Team at 01 8667000 or by sending us an email:

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Take Initiative Training Programme 2016

Students doing outdoor pursuits recently as part of the Take Initiative Programme – July 2016

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