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As part of our job we also have a link with other agencies such as probation and juvenile liaison officers.

We also meet with people in the community who are concerned about the drug problems in their area such as resident committees and parent groups.

We will also meet with a parent or a family member who has concerns about someone close to them.

Outreach Work was first developed in the USA as a response to the problems of street gangs in the late 1950's.

It was started in Ireland in the 1970's by a staff member of the Anna Liffey Drugs Project to befriend drug users on O' Connell Street. The Eastern Health Board (E.R.H.A) commenced Outreach in 1988 in the HIV / AIDS Service operating from Baggot Street Clinic which was known then as the AIDS Resource Centre.

Later as the drug epidemic spread and the problems with drug users not availing of services became apparent, it was decided to target this group.

The role of the Outreach is:
  • to promote awareness of HIV / AIDS, Drugs and Sexual Health through education and information.

  • to support local communities and individuals who are not currently in contact with services.

  • to advocate on behalf of identified target groups.

  • to link people into treatment centres for heroin detoxification and maintenance.

  • to provide a wide variety of detoxification options as alternatives to methadone

Outreach provide information and education on the following:
  • Drugs / Drug Treatment
  • Safer injecting techniques
  • Safer Sex
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV / AIDS

Gay Men's Health Project:

For gay men bisexuals and men who have sex with other men.
Started in 1991 as part of the HIV / AIDS prevention to offer a variety of services for gay, lesbian, trans-sexuals and bi-sexuals.

Baggot Street Clinic,

Opening hours:
Tues 6.30pm-8.00pm - For HIV Hepatitis testing
Wed 6.00pm-8.00pm - For HIV Hepatitis and S.T.I's also a C.W.O for welfare issues.

At this point it's to be said that the gay men's health project was run by one Outreach Worker up on until 1999, when two more were employed.

Outhouse opened in 1997, this offers a friendly ear and support for the gay, lesbian, trans-sexual, bi-sexual community.

6 South William Street,
Dublin 2

TEL: 6706377

Drop-in times:
Tues 2pm-4pm and Thurs 2pm-4pm

Women's Health Project:
Started in 1991 as part of the HIV / AIDS prevention and to promote the health and well being in women prostitution.

19 Haddington Rd
Dublin 4

Drop-in times:
Wed 2pm-4pm and Thurs 8.30pm-10.30pm

It offers a safe place for women in prostitution to access their comprehensive health service. In the line of their work they would have dealt with about 700 women and only about 200 of them were involved in the drug scene.

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