The key objective of the Family Support Programme is to provide family support to all who present from the Dublin 12 areas.   Service Users presenting or being referred regarding addiction within the home. The purpose of this project is to Support parents, siblings, grandparents, children, and partners that are affected by substance misuse and whose lives are and have been affected by an addiction problem.

To provide focused one to one supports to help families identify needs and to equip them to become more self-reliant.  The Family Support service has 90 Service Users attending per week currently.

Evidence of Improvement outcomes were:

  • Coping skills
  • Personal and social functioning
  • Health status including: Decrease in stress, improved sleep patterns and Emotional wellbeing.

Crisis Support Drop-in Service, as this service has a designated space within the Sunshine Centre including 2 holistic rooms the use of a sensory room and counselling space, drop-ins are managed and anyone in crisis are seen by our staff member. Issues that were highlighted during the year, feelings of suicide due to their son or daughter’s substance misuse.  Overdose in the house, aggression, domestic violence, mental health issues, the substance misuser has tried to take their own life, panic attacks, intimidation of the family and taking care of grandchildren.

Family Support service provides after school support for 30 children from Lower Crumlin aged 5 to 10 years (not supported by CDYSB projects). This was delivered in two venues on a weekly basis to develop a positive approach to learning to reduce the risk of family learned behaviour. The team supports the children with homework, also educational play through board games, quizzes, communications, bullying awareness, health and safety in the home and group art projects.