We provide practical and emotional support, information, and referrals for individuals upon release from prison. The focus is on promoting dignity and autonomy through a person-centered approach.
1. Each service user is assigned to a community support worker.
2. Both service-user and community support worker collaboratively draw up an individualised care plan based on the areas of need that the individual wishes to address
3. Service-user will link-in with community support worker to maintain progress toward change and continue to develop the care plan to address all areas of need
- Basic open information service over the telephone, by phone, or face-to-face
- General counselling service
- Support with obtaining welfare entitlements
- Support with applications for temporary accommodation and housing needs
- Support for alcohol/drugs and other addiction issues
- Linking to training and education opportunities
- Support re-integrating into communities
- Liaising with other agencies
PACE – www.paceorganisation.ie
PACE provides training and accommodation facilities for ex-prisoners, and provides a link between their life in prison and their new life in the wider community.
CASP (Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme) – Provides a Community /Prison Liaison Service to people from the Clondalkin area who are 18 years old and upwards, who are drug users currently in Prison or about to be released. The services available include a Community Prison Liaison Worker and a Post-Release Group. Tel: 01-6166750. CASP, in association with ‘Changing Ireland’, have also produced 11 short videos offering advice for people who have a family member or partner going to prison for the first time.
Merchant’s Quay Ireland – www.mqi.ie
A voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people, including former prisoners, who are homeless or are drug users. Tel: 01-5240160