HSE stops funding for young persons project

by Emma Nolan

THE HSE has removed its funding from the Oasis Project in Mounttown, Dun Laoghaire, which has been working with vulnerable young people in a disadvantaged area since 1996.
The Oasis outreach service workers walk the greater Monkstown Farm area late night talking to groups of young people about drugs and other important issues; they link them in with other local services, and regularly host workshops and day trips for local teenagers.
Following a recent review of the service, the HSE has decided to remove this group’s funding.
The decision has been met with anger by Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett (PBP) who has called the cut an “utter scandal”.
He said: “We have all this guff from the Government about recovery and yet here they are allowing a real community project be slashed – a project that is actually helping vulnerable young people. Whoever took this decision should be ashamed of themselves.”
People Before Profit co-hosted a meeting with the project workers on February 10 where it was agreed to mount a campaign to restore this community service, with a protest held in Mounttown on Friday, February 12.
Responding to Deputy Boyd Barrett, a spokesperson from the HSE told The Gazette that the decision was made by members of the Dun Laoghaire Drug and Alcohol Task Force, who they said will “support services through their strategic plan that will offer evidenced-based services and interventions that demonstrate effective outcomes for young people; in particular, those affected by addiction”.
The Dun Laoghaire Drug and Alcohol Task Force will deliver the services through “existing projects with a strong working knowledge of the area and the [area’s] needs”.
The HSE added: ““The HSE is confident that there are strong inter-agency relationships in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and collectively we will respond to local needs; the HSE will support this work and a partnership approach.”

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