History of our Service:
St Dominic’s Community Response Project was set up in 1995 to provide a positive and practical response to the deteriorating drugs situation / crisis within the St Dominic’s parish area (an area of approximately 3,500 households). The Project emerged from a real concern that local people had about the worsening drugs situation. There was a clear recognition of the need to develop a number of actions in relation to the drugs issue – actions aimed at active / recovering drug users and actions aimed at people who were in danger of becoming involved in drugs.
The promoters of the project clearly identified the need to work on a number of different levels:
• to work with individual drug users
• to work with families of drug users
• to work with communities who may be affected by drug users.
The Project has a written constitution, which details it’s aims, objectives and decision-making structures. The project is a limited company with charitable status, Registered Irish Charity No. 20043292. The stated charitable purpose of St Dominic’s Community Response Project is “to provide a quality Drugs Rehabilitation service, free of charge, for the residents and former residents of St Dominic’s Parish, in Tallaght, Dublin who have been affected by problem drug use, of which the primary target group are those who are affected by heroin/opiate use and the secondary target group are those who are affected by any other problem drug use and the advancement of education in St Dominic’s Parish, Tallaght, Dublin, by providing drug awareness and rehabilitation support for problematic substance users and their families and also education and training which will enhance their life opportunities”.
Our voluntary board comprises of the following members:
1. Local residents
2. Local Councillor/TD
3. Local business representative
4. St. Dominic’s Parish representative
5. Other relevant community representatives
1. Brian Smith: Chairperson
2. Rene Synnott: Treasurer
3. Mary Purcell: Secretary
4. Gerry Bates: Local Representative/ Justice
5. Sean Crowe: TD for Dublin South-West
6. Noel Mockler: Local Representative
7. Sr Ruth Pilkington: Dominican/ Community Representative
8. John Paul Gray Service User Representative
9. Terri Kenny Local Representative
Funding and Support
St. Dominic’s Community Response Project receives support from various government bodies and funding agencies. We also host some fundraising events annually ourselves in order to meet shortfall costs.
We welcome community groups using our project. We feel it is important to fully utilise the facility, while supporting other community groups, these groups must compliment the work and ethos of St. Dominic’s Community Response Project.