Aftercare At SAOL
The SAOL Project Aftercare group is a person-centred, community based programme for women at all stages in their recovery from drug addiction. In the aftercare program self-control strategies are taught and discussed in both one to one and group settings. The three most common themes that women explore and discuss, include; Avoiding High-Risk Situations; Relaxation Methods (Holistic Therapy) and struggles with being Open and Honest in order to achieve lasting and stable recovery.
Aftercare involves a variety of options tailored to suit the unique aspects of your personality and where you are in your recovery. For example, if you prefer a drug-free environment, we will help you find one through providing information and support. If you want to continue with your stabilisation program, we will help you locate a suitable key-worker to continue guiding you on your jounrney. The point of engaging in the Aftercare one-to-one aand group sessions is to stay actively aware and engaged with your personal triggers and to always be seeking new and more effective ways to self-sooth and appropriately satisfy your personal desires in a healthy, non-destructive, effective manner.
The SAOL’s Women’s Aftercare Group (ACGS) was launched in 2010; the fundamental aims are to support women in recovery with the focus on edification. Training the clients through FETAC accreditation programmes such as Addiction Studies, Personal Development and Fitness workshops, Computers, Research, Women’s Studies, Adult Education Workshops which enlightens, instils and focuses on the next phase of their recovery. The SAOL’s Women’s Aftercare Groups (ACGS) run every Tuesday through to Friday. Moreover, the ACGS is opened to both women in recovery from all addictions such as gambling, crime and all drugs including cocaine, 'head-shop materials, prescribed medications and, of course, opiates. We work with women at all stages in their recovery.
Aftercare (Drug-Free) and After-Care (Stabilisation) Groups at SAOL
SAOL Aftercare generally consists of checking in on a weekly basis in group therapy under the guidance of a facilatator and support worker. Facilatators help individuals process basic life management issues without picking up a drug. Continued support and accountability to a peer group helps maintain sobriety as well as let you know you’re not alone in your struggles. SAOL Aftercare Support Groups are focus on edification, relapse prevention, mindfulness and fitness programmes throughout the year.
The Women’s Support Groups provides a space for both Women wanting to reduce their use from unprescribe substance, this is also known as After-Care. Women who are stable on their prescribe medication and can engage and particpation in groups discussion and workshops are welcome to come and meet the Aftercare Worker and discuss what groups are suitable to were they are in their recovery.
After-Care Tuesday – Personal Development and Fitness – 10:00am – 1:00pm
Module 1 Introduction and Group Dynamics Workshop
Module 2 121 with Key-Workers, Care Plan and Care Planning
Module 3 What is Personal Development?
Module 4 Self-Esteem: Knowing, Listening and Understanding Yourself
Fitness – Swimming
Module 5 Assertiveness: Personal SWOT Worksheet
Module 6 Moving Forward: Personal PEST Worksheet
Module 7 Postive Thinking: Opportunity Anaylsis Worksheet
Module 8 Define your recovery and / or career objectives
Fitness – Community Activity TBA
Module 9 Set Goals That Benefit You: Create Your Personal Development Plan
Module 10 Evaluation of Personal Development Session
Module 11 Personal Development Plan Worksheet
Module 12 Review of Care Plans
Fitness – 4 weeks Circut Training in Ballybough Community Centre
Aftercare Wenesday – FETAC Drug and Alcohol Addiction – 9:30am – 1:00pm
The FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Addiction is designed to equip individuals seeking to work in drugs and/or homeless services and those engaged in community development with the competencies and knowledge necessary to meet the various needs of substance users and to assist them in making choices regarding treatment options.
This multi-disciplinary module operates under Adult Education Principles focusing on experiential learning. Essentially this FETAC Drug and Alcohol Addiction Course covers 5 main areas:
- Understanding Addiction and Dependency
- Health Issues
- Engagement Skills and Interventions
Here are some comments from women particpating in our Addiction Studies Class:
My experience with the Saol aftercare programme is on both group and a one on one basis. I have an addiction which is not drug or alcohol related but has led me down a path of self-destruction and financial disaster. Saol has been a life saver to me and has shown me that I am worth saving. I have had a huge life changing experience since being introduced to Saol and my personal development has reached a remarkable level over the last three months. I have also engaged in an alcohol and addiction studies certificate course and am engaging with some lovely like-minded people, the course has been a breath of fresh air. It is the first time in a long time that I have felt my life is going in the right direction and my future is looking very bright. A very thankful Sonja
What the After Care Support groups means to me is structure. I love to get in and meet with the other woman. I also have a safe place to talk with a staff and know it is safe to talk I love to learn new things and we get it learnt to us very easy the staff are very understanding. where we are at there is one good thing I really needed when I went there was I would not be judged and that was great also I’m learning all the time history and English we learn about addiction and how to communicate with people and it most of all keeps me from isolating and that keeps me safe I hope this will get bigger for other woman as it is harder on woman. Anna
After-Care Wednesday – Computer Studies – 2:30pm – 4:00pm
SAOL’s Information Communication Technology course bring women into a learning environment that fun, safe and adds to their life long learning. Below are the main topics thats covered.
- Typing Skills
- Computer Theory
- Curriculim Viate Preperation
Women’s Studies Thursday Group
Our Women’s Studies group come together in a learning circle environment for the purpose of educating themelves on the history of women and their struggles. As a part of this undertaking we go on regular trips to places of interest including museums and archives (always with a cup of tea and toast to follow).
What is Women ’s Studies?
Women's Studies addresses issues previously neglected by traditional disciplines, and adapts and refines theories and methods from those disciplines. Women's Studies is not simply the study of women and women's issues. It is the study of women that places women's own experiences at the centre of enquiry and looks at how gender is a fundamental structure in all societies. Gender is the term used to describe the relationship between ideas about masculinity and femininity; gender describes the system of rules by which males and females are encouraged to relate to each other. What other disciplines use as assumptions about women and men, Women's Studies poses as questions.
Why join our Aftercare Women’s Studies Group?
Feminist theory offers us the most sustained and nuanced understandings of how oppression works locally and globally and Women’s Studies offers rich insight into the intersections among sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, religious sectarianism and other forms of oppression. Our classes are taught according to feminist teaching principles and so there is active student participation with a focus on empowering students to realise their competency. The classes are politically and socially relevant and students learn to think critically and develop a more open mind.
Because issues relating to women's roles and needs are surfacing within government, service professions, science fields, industry and academic institutions, the Women's Studies groups is increasing in social, political and vocational relevance.
Aftercare Thursday – Women’s Studies – 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Series of lectures on 1913 Lockout in Dublin
- Research Project following leactures
- Visit to buildings were events toook place
- National Archives Visit - beginning our family trees, dating back to the 1913 Lockout
August event in Liberty House
After-Care Friday – Adult Education – 10:00am – 1:00pm
- Read, Write, Spell and Numeracy
- Life Long Learning
- Creative Writing
- Self Coaching
- Junior Cert
- Leaving Cert
- Preparing for University
If you are interested in joining the Aftercare Programme and / or you are working with an individual who you think would benefit from the aboved outline of our SAOL Aftercare Support Groups. Please fill out the referral form below then you can choose to fax, email, post and / or bring it into SAOL Project. Our Aftercare Worker, Belinda Nugent, will contact you with a time and day to come into SAOL for a assessment.
Every women that comes to SAOL is assigned a Key-Worker. As we believe at SAOL that it is cruical to each women to meet a key-worker so that a care plan may be created as to what goals the client needs at the present time. All our care plan in the Aftercare programme are reviewed every three months with the client. Each individual is assigned a key-worker at SAOL team meetings.
Belinda Nugent is a Sociologist, Community Representative and has a passion for working with Families in the North Inner City. As Aftercare Worker at SAOL Project, Belinda supports women in recovery and their families. She has worked in a range of sectors which include Retail, Choreography, Youth Work, Child Care Work and Claims Insurance before she joined the addiction services in SAOL Project 2010. Belinda has trained in Peer-to-Peer work, Child Protection, Frist Aid and CPR, Addiction and Mental Health, ASISST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skilled Training), Facilitating Groups, Relapse Prevention, Reduce the Use 2, Domestic Violence, Mindfulness, Key Working and Case Management, Adult Literacy, Freirean Approaches and Research.
As a teenager Belinda's passion was with Sheriff Street Dance Club. As Choreographer, Belinda began a Dance School with 75 youth in Dance Street Youth Club in North Wall. Belinda won many competitions personally and as a choreographer in All Irelands, Local Championships, CYC and Coca-Cola Dance Championships throughout her time with the club. In 2001, Belinda trained as a Youth Worker with Voluntary Service International was rewarded a Civil Servant International Certificate. She then studies women studies with Power Partnership in UCD. On the Power Partnership course Belinda study Women in History, Politics, Poverty and Economy.
In 2004, Belinda began the Trinity Access Programme and then successfully followed her university study in a four year course in Sociology and Social Policy at the Social Work and Social Policy Department, Trinity College Dublin. She has study a range of courses from Psychology, Peer-to-peer (training and facilitation), Social Policy, Sociology, Economics, Mental Health and Addiction, Social Research, Crime and Social Policy, Criminal Law, Unemployment Law, Contract Law, Prison Reform Law, Family and Social Policy, Poverty and Redistribution, Social Theory, Social Policy and Aging, Public Interest and Litigation Law.
Belinda trained as a 'Student to Student' support worker and then worked as a 'Peer to Peer' worker with Trinity Student Counselling Service 2004, meeting other students and supporting them with skills she’s gained through 120 hours of training. Belinda then became a trainer and facilitated the 'peer to peer' training to other students.
During her years studying in Trinity College, Belinda worked during the summer holidays as a Child Care Worker at SAOL Project from 2005-2007. Working with children between the ages 0–5 years.
In 2007–2008 Belinda worked as a support worker and researcher, for, and with, Intergration Communities. Working on creating a database for the organisation and facilitating support groups for migrants from Asia, Spain and Africa.
During the final year of her honours degree she worked as an administrator with the Family Support Network Limited. As part of a skilful team Belinda helped organising the AGM for the organisation.
Belinda is a Sociologist and holds a BA honours degree from Trinity College Dublin. Belinda wrote her Thesis on Criminal Thinking: Recidivism – A Perspective from Dublin North Inner City. Belinda has researched and wrote a paper on Prisoner Rights and is passionate about working with women integrating from prison into society.
Belinda is one of the founding member of the NEC Famers Hill Community Garden which was shown on RTE Dirty Old Towns. She is a member and sits on various community boards and committees such as NICDFT Drugs Support Group, Mid-Wifery Group, City Clinic Liaisons Committee, Liberty BELLEs Women’s Group, Liberty House Residence Board, Dublin Community Forum and Praxis.