Prevention & Education Projects in the East Coast Region

Arklow Springboard Family Centre

In 2023, Arklow Springboard Family Centre in collaboration with the East Coast Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force, launched its Youth Drugs and Alcohol Diversion Project. The project offers support to young people under the age of 18 years involved in drug and/or alcohol misuse. It also offers support to family members impacted by the young person’s issues. The service compliments existing support provision to young people and their families.

This is a welcoming and non-clinical environment where therapeutic support interventions will be offered in a confidential and non-judgemental manner.

Supports include

  •   Alcohol/drug use
  •   Impact of substance use on family members or others
  •   Harm reduction
  •   Family relationship building
  •   Personal development and empowerment
  •   Advocacy in relation to the above

This service is free of charge* and is open to residents of Arklow and the surrounding areas of South County Wicklow including Avoca, Aughrim, Tinahely, Carnew and Shillelagh.

*While this valuable service is free of charge, a commitment to attend all pre-arranged appointments and activities is essential.

A family can self-refer to the service or request that another professional service to make the referral such as GP, school, Youth service, JLO, Tusla, Health Nurse, Community Gardai.

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Wicklow Child and Family Project

In 2023, the Wicklow Child and Family Project and the East Coast Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force, launched a new youth addiction service initiative.

The Wicklow Child and Family Project aims to provide services and supports that improves the quality of life for families while promoting the personal, social and educational development of children, young people and their parents; always keeping the child at the forefront of the work.

Issues addressed include parenting skills, parent/child relationships, relationship issues, separation, behavioural difficulties, alcohol and drug issues, domestic abuse, anger management, mental health issues, housing and finance.

The Under 18 service works with youths under 18 years who have a history of drug and/or alcohol use.

Supports include

  •   One to one project work
  •   Group work
  •   Confidence and social skills building
  •   Empowering young people through personal development
  •   Goal focused intervention
  •   Harm reduction
  •   Supporting families of the young people we work with
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East Coast Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force

HSE Offices, Block B Civic Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1 2744132 Fax: +353 (0)1 2744280 Email: