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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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Christmas Stories Retold »

Christmas Stories Retold A few brief stories, re-imagining Christmas characters who might have issues with substances!

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Games Group »

Games Group Are you ever stuck for a helpful game to play with a group, just to get them thinking? Here's a compendium of 25 games from our 'Games Group' - explained, analysed and pre-played with customer feedback!

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SAOL Fashion Show 2017 »

SAOL Fashion Show 2017 This is the up-graded show! It includes a whole new set of clothes for the 2000s, representing key issues facing the women of SAOL throughout the 17 years of this new millenium. The show will also see the launch of 'Object2Poverty'; a new art campaign alerting people to poverty in Ireland and calling for action.

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Hands Across the Bridge 2017 »

Hands Across the Bridge 2017 For the past number of years SAOL has held an event called ‘Hands Across the Bridge’. We have adapted this from two international events/campaigns.  ‘Join me on a Bridge’ is a campaign for women’s equality that started with Rwandan and Congolese women, who met on a bridge joining their two countries as a demonstration that women could build bridges of peace.  Hands across the Bridge is a campaign that celebrates survival of domestic violence and /or addiction.

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Hep C Stories »

Hep C Stories A book of testimonies telling personal stories about the experience of Hepatitis C treatment and the journey to a Hep C free liver!

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Poetry Day Ireland »

Poetry Day Ireland Thursday 27th April 2017 was Poetry Day Ireland and SAOL got involved. Read and listen to some of the results...

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SAOL wins the Aontas Award for 'Promoting the Learner Voice', 2017 »

SAOL wins the Aontas Award for 'Promoting the Learner Voice', 2017 SAOL is delighted to announce that we won the Aontas Star Award for 'Promoting the Learner voice' on Monday 6th March, 2017.

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'Happy is the City' film »

'Happy is the City' film Funded through the NICLDTF, this film is a call for the voices of the poor to be heard.

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Our Voices »

Our Voices Participating and re-thinking Europe from the margins: Our Voices, 2017

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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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Web Stats »

Web Stats SAOL Project keeps an eye on our website!

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Services Timetable »

    Services Timetable Our weekly timetable is available here:

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Referral Form »

Referral Form Please download a PDF copy of our new referral form on the following page

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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 22 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.

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