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 23 years to promote the needs of female drug users and their children. We have tried 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

Director

Réidín Dunne

Head of Services

Admin Team

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Joanne Byrne

Administrator/CE  Assistant Supervisor

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Rachel Hobson

Administrator/CE Assistant Supervisor

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Fiona McGarry

Administrator

CE Team

Ray Hegarty

CE Supervisor

Jess Henney

CE Assistant

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Jacqui Noble

Housekeeper

Michael McNamara

Housekeeper

Kim Harrison

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Monika Kaczorek

Cook

BRIO Team

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Rachel Fayne

Key Worker and Case Manager

Rose Toal

Key worker and Case Manager

Marguerite Woods

Key worker and Case Manager

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Paula Kearney

Key Worker

After-Care/Hepatitis Team

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Belinda Nugent

Key worker and Case Manager

Jennifer Mooney

Key worker and Case Manager

Vanessa Lynch

Key worker and Case Manager

Children’s Project

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Megan Dunne

Team Leader

Michelle Keogh

Childcare worker

Nicola Burke

Childcare worker

Marisa Kinlan

Childcare worker

Meet The Board

Catriona Crowe

Chairperson

Seanie Lambe

Secretary

Nessan Vaughan

Treasurer

Fergus Cronin

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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