About Us

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 26 years to promote the needs of female drug users and their children. We work with women at any point along the continuum of change, supporting women who are changing their relationship with drugs, maintaining their stability with prescribed substances and/or choose to be drug free. 

We try 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.

Meet The Staff


Gary Broderick



Réidín Dunne

Head of Services

Admin Team

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Rachel Hobson

Administrator/CE Assistant Supervisor

CE Team

Ray Hegarty

CE Supervisor


Michael McNamara



Monika Kaczorek



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Rachel Fayne

Key Worker and Case Manager

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Rose Toal

Key worker and Case Manager

UChoose/Hepatitis Team

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Belinda Nugent

Key worker and Case Manager

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Jennifer Mooney

Key worker and Case Manager

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Vanessa Lynch

Key worker and Case Manager

Children’s Project

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Megan Dunne

Team Leader

Nicola Burke

Childcare worker

Marisa Kinlan

Childcare worker

Meet The Board

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Catriona Crowe



Seanie Lambe



Nessan Vaughan



Fergus Cronin

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Joan Byrne


Cathleen O’Neill

Volunteers & Student Placements

Should you be interested in volunteering or completing a placement with the SAOL Project or to find more information

Working from Home

We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

Saol is a community project focused on improving the lives of women affected by addiction and poverty

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Our Vision

Saol is working towards transforming the way in which Ireland responds to addiction and poverty.

Our History

A pocket history, read more about it here!

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