Liam Sower, South Western Area Health Board, visits a training
centre in Naas regularly to give workshops to the trainees.
Here is one of the reports following a series of visits....
Liam and his team came to us on six different occasions
throughout the year; 1st, 8th, 15th June, 28th September,
5th and 12th October. With the trainees Liam covered alcohol
and drug issues, as well as sexually transmittable diseases.
Below Paula gives an account of his visits.
"I had been on the Project for all of one week I encountered
one of the most passionate and empathic people it has ever
been my pleasure to meet. We had been told during the week
that 'Liam', an outreach worker from the Eastern Health Board,
was coming to speak to us about sexually transmittable diseases
- I was quite honestly horrified! Here was a group of people
who I barely knew and I was expected to sit with them for
an entire morning and discuss a subject, which I would never
even consider discussing with my closest friends. However,
I had not yet met Liam! Initially, my participation within
the group was rather stilted, however Liam was like an Evangelical
preacher inciting and exciting his audience and within the
first hour I was answering and offering opinions quite as
eagerly as the rest of the group - most of whom had already
made his acquaintance. We had two further sessions with Liam
and his team over the following weeks and I along with the
others looked forward to them eagerly. From a personal point
of view, Liam, Peter and the rest of the group's passion and
sympathy for the people they worked with, addicts, recovering
addicts, HIV patients, those with full blown AIDS and people
with sexually transmitted diseases, and the way in which they
provoked discussion and soul searching on the individual's
part prompted me to re-think many of my attitudes towards
those whose lives are touched by drugs and sexual diseases.
Liam's visits prompted many interesting discussions within
the group both at his sessions and within the environs of
our respective training rooms. We look forward to his return
and that of his co-workers eagerly."