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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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Hands Across the Bridge Project

Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin 1 Monday 16 th October 2016, 11.00am – 12.00pm, followed by refreshments in SAOL Project, Amiens Street.


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.

For 2017 / 2018 we are expanding this event and inviting other agencies we work with and their service users (on the strength of a grant provided by Dublin Bus Community Spirit) SAOL is a community project based in Amiens Street, Dublin 1. We aim to improve the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty. We have a specific expertise and insight into the complexity that addiction and poverty inflicts on the lives of women. Women require better care and support when they are addressing their recovery. Not because they are more important than men; but rather because their recovery is more complex, often because of the role they play in their families. Our Hands Across the Bridge project is an opportunity to highlight the issues and strengths of the women we work with; to strengthen inter-agency links, and through this process gain a better understanding of how our resources might most effectively be used to support women, specifically in responding to the trauma of their experiences.

Our proposal for this grant was based on the following objectives:

 To work with other community agencies to better understand the specific needs of women in addiction

 To develop and publish material /exhibition to highlight the specific needs of women in addiction

Timescale: Start date September 2017 Bridge Event October 2017

Workshops January & February 2018 developing material / exhibition Exhibition March 2018 (International Women’s Day, March 8 th 2018

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