About us - Soilse

Our mission

To provide a comprehensive, holistic addiction rehabilitation service that empowers those in recovery to move towards a drug-free lifestyle

Our vision

To break the spiral of addiction, dependency and social isolation and motivate recovering drug addicts to realise their potential

Our history

1992 
  • Soilse piloted
1993
  • Represented on Eastern Health Board (EHB) first community drug team in Dublin
1994 
  • Evaluation and mainstreaming of Soilse
  • Represented on EHB Social Development Committee
  • Represented Ireland as Model of Excellence in the European Social Fund (ESF) Horizon conference in Barcelona
1996 
  • Soilse represented on the EHB Eastern Regional Committee on Drug Rehabilitation
  • Research on vocational guidance and drug abuse undertaken by the Department of Adult and Community Education, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Supported by the ESF Leonardo Programme
1997  
  • Soilse represented on the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Commission on Drugs
  • Soilse/Rutland partnership formed, supported by the North Inner City Local Drug Task Force
1998  
  • HYPER magazine established
1999   
  • Soilse represented on EHB Rehabilitation Blueprint Committee
  • SHAPE – Soilse, Health and Arts Project, Experience. Soilse took part in a pilot project between the EHB / Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and the Arts Council to gauge the benefits of arts in healthcare settings
  • Soilse drug-free facility brought on stream
  • HYPER magazine wins international award for innovation and design
2000 
  • HYPER mainstreamed
  • Soilse/Rutland Partnership mainstreamed
2001 
  • Soilse representative addressed the first European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCCDA) conference on vocational rehabilitation and drugs in Europe
  • Dedicated career guidance service established with the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC)
2003
  • Arts Health Policy launched by the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) – Soilse involved for previous six years in contributing to the process which resulted in the national policy
2004 
  • Soilse participates in ‘Streets’ art exhibition in Dublin’s north inner city
2005
  • Education Development Worker post created with CDVEC to support Soilse participants in college
2007 
  • Soilse awarded a FETAC Quality Assurance certificate
2008
  • Received the Dublin and region STAR award from Aontas, the Irish National Adult Learning Organisation, for both innovation in practice and teamwork in adult education.
  • Soilse led the annual Irish commemoration on International Eradication of Poverty Day, held at Customs House Quay, Dublin, on 17 October.
2009
  • Soilse’s Return to Learning project is a finalist in the EBS/NALA Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Awards. The project supports recovering drug users in their progression to further education.
2010
  • Soilse’s Career Guidance Service wins the 2010 Dublin Regional STAR Award from Aontas, the Irish National Adult Learning Organisation.
2011
  • Soilse’s drug-free programme moves from North Frederick Street to Green Street, Dublin 7, closer to its sister programme in Henrietta Place.
  • Soilse wins the 2011 STAR Award from Aontas, the Irish National Adult Learning Organisation for its Service User Involvement initiative.
  • Interviews with 20 former Soilse participants form the basis of a ground-breaking study by the Health Research Board, The Role of Education in Developing Recovery Capital in Recovery from Substance Addiction (Keane, 2011).
2012
  • Soilse celebrates its 20th anniversary in July with three days of activities highlighting that recovery from addiction is possible. Events include an art exhibition, poetry and prose readings, drama, a soccer tournament and a ‘recovery is contagious’ symposium.
2013 
  • Soilse-Gateway partnership is established, creating a local north inner city progression route for women in addiction recovery
  • Soilse is heavily involved in highlighting and advocating for the needs of homeless drug users in recovery
  • The HSE continuum of Care is formalised. This integrated service approach combines Soilse detox preparation, Cuan Dara residential detoxification centre, Keltoi residential therapeutic treatment centre and Soilse drug-free programme
2014
  • Addiction Recovery: A Contagious Paradigm is published based on research undertaken in Soilse
  • Soilse is shortlisted for the  Irish Health Awards Rehabilitation Centre of the Year
  • Soilse begins work on the European Union Grundtvig RECOVEU project, with partners from the UK, Romania, Cyprus and Italy. The project aims to develop access learning materials for people in recovery going into further education
2015
  • Soilse makes a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on Health on the report Addiction Recovery: A Contagious Paradigm
  • Soilse staff visit recovery projects in Liverpool and form links with recovery organisations in the UK
  • Soilse helps set up the Recovery Academy of Ireland, a network of advocates for recovery seeking to co-operate on mutual issues
  • Soilse is again shortlisted for the  Irish Health Awards Rehabilitation Centre of the Year
2016
  • Soilse wins the Aontas STAR Award for Leinster Large Projects for its use of adult learning approaches to prepare participants for detoxification