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Saol Project

Mission Statement
Saol is a community project focused on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty

Vision Statement
Saol is working towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

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BRIO »

BRIO BRIO: ‘Building Recovery Inwards and Outwards’, is about learning the skills of peer working, and using the strengths gained from your own experiences to help support others in their journey.

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Ger is Leaving »

Ger is Leaving After 7+ years with SAOL, Ger has decided to move on to pastures old! Here are some photos from her farewell party and from during her time in SAOL

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A Poem for your Soul »

A Poem for your Soul A new poem, 'Fragile' by Susan Kearney. do yourself a favour and take the time to read it...

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Trauma Informed Care Conference »

Trauma Informed Care Conference The Trauma Informed Care Conference was held in the Lighthouse Cinema on 9th March 2016, as part of Saol's celebration for International Women's Day.

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Art Work »

Art Work 'I see says we, though we couldn't see at all'. This was the saying that inspired us to explore the five senses in relation to poverty, to help us all see better. Supported by the DSP, SAOL set to work in creating art work that will help us to gain a deeper insight into poverty.

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The Best Memories »

The Best Memories The best MEMORIES come from the craziest ideas

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ARCHway »

ARCHway ARCHway: A summary of the research conducted by a group of SAOL participants on issues that arose as the 'Talk Time' group were preparing their submission to Minister Aodhán Ó'Riordán

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A Pocket History of SAOL »

A Pocket History of SAOL A brief history of the actions of the SAOL Project since 1995

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Re+Discovery »

Re+Discovery Re+Discovery is SAOL's reflection on the journey of change that happens when you decide to tackle your addictions. See what you think.

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IC2 Hep C Peer-2-Peer »

IC2 Hep C Peer-2-Peer This manual has been adapted from several global worksheets and manuals in order to bring a manual to individuals who are both in recovery and PWID (People Who Inject Drugs).

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Making Connections Conference »

Making Connections Conference Conference presentations are available from here. Thanks from SAOL to the presenters and to all who came to make the day a special event that adds to the growing awareness of how addiction and recovery is different for women.

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Rita says... »

Rita says... RHTR principles encourage us to reduce harm throughout recovery.

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Children's Project report »

Children's Project report A short report on the work of a vital part of the SAOL Project, SAOL Beag, our Children's Centre.

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SAOL Project is proudly supported by...

North Inner City Drugs Task ForceHealth Services ExceutiveThe Probation ServiceDepartment of Social ProtectionCity of Dublin Education and Training Board

SAOL is an integrated programme of education, rehabilitation, advocacy and childcare. The SAOL Project’s on-going commitment to the women, children and community members of the North Inner City continues to develop, responding to the changing needs of the women who participate in our project with creativity and commitment. SAOL has worked over the last 19 years to promote the needs of female drug users and their children. We have tried to highlight the many extra difficulties that face women who use drugs including the stigma attached to being a mother who uses drugs, fears about the impact drug use might be having on their children but also fears about losing children because of their drug use. While all of these are reasons that can attract women to treatment, they are also reasons why women tend to stay away from sources of help. At best there is a ratio of 2:1 men to women in drug treatment; throughout Europe that figure lengthens to 3:1. Women who use drugs have different needs to men who use drugs. A strong and confident voice is required to shout out that female drug users have needs that are not always recognised or met by the services they attend. SAOL is dedicated to improving the services for female drug users in general and particularly for our area - we call on all service providers to examine their response to women and adjust their practice appropriately.