Soilse in EU Lifelong Learning project
20 April 2015 - Soilse has teamed up with partners across Europe to develop an access to learning course for adults in addiction recovery. Called 'Recoveu', the project will identify educational needs, reduce the barriers to taking part in education and promote adult education as a way of sustaining addiction recovery.
Recoveu is based on the idea that adult education can help people in recovery to overcome barriers and re-integrate into their communities. It is part of the European Union's Grundtvig Lifelong Learning programme. The other countries involved are England, Cyprus, Romania and Italy and the project is funded by the European Union. See www.recoveu.org.
RECOVEU Poster.pdf (size 730.7 KB)
Fetac awards ceremony 2014
30 June 2014 – Soilse would like to invite you to our FETAC awards presentation ceremony on 4 July 2014 at 1pm. The event will take place in 1 / 2 Henrietta Place, Dublin 7, just off North King Street. There will be music, guest speakers, food and fun as we celebrate the educational and other achievements of our participants.
Soilse Return to Learning Course 2013
14 March 2013 - Are you a current or former Soilse participant? Have you applied for college in September but need help to prepare you to return to learning?
If so, you may be interested in our Return to Learning (RtL) course which starts in April 2013.
Community and Addiction Studies (FETAC Level 5)
Health and Fitness (FETAC Level 4)
You must have applied for college in September.
You must have finished the Soilse programme.
You must apply in writing, saying why you want to do the course and what you will bring to it.
You must provide 2 references.
You must be drug and alcohol free.
You must have a record of good time-keeping and attendance.
You must have completed all your Soilse FETAC modules.
Applications must be in by Friday, 22 March 2013. Interviews will be held on 2-3 April 2013.
Course starts 8 April 2013.
The course will be held in Soilse, Green Street, Dublin 7.
Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided.
There is no charge.
There are no top-up payments.
Places are limited.
For an application form or to find out more, please contact Natalie Hefferon, co-ordinator, on (01) 872 4535.
Application form - Return to Learning Course 2013
Minister to present FETAC certificates to former Soilse participants
12 February 2013 - Alex White, TD, Minister of State for Primary Care in the Department of Health will visit Soilse on Thursday, 28 February at 2:30pm. The Minister will present FETAC certificates to 22 former Soilse participants. Of these, nine will receive a major award at Level 3 while a further six will receive Level 5 awards. The FETAC certificates recognise academic work by the participants during their time in Soilse.
A workshop on “Dyslexia: Blockages to Recovery and Education Progression” will take place on the same day from 11am to 1pm. The workshop is being held as part of the Aontas Adult Learners’ Festival which runs from 25 February to 3 March 2013. Aontas is the national adult learning organisation. One of the themes of its festival this year is helping adults to upskill, reskill and prepare for finding work.
Soilse’s FETAC presentation and workshop are open to all. The event will be held in Soilse’s premises at 16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7.
Soilse 20th Anniversary celebrations
25 June 2012 - Soilse is celebrating 20 years of providing addiction rehabilitation services in north Dublin. We have a series of activities organised for 4-6 July and you are very welcome to join us on any or all of those days.
Events over the three days include an art exhibition, poetry readings, drama, a football competition and a symposium titled ‘Recovery is Contagious’.
4 July 2012 – Roisin Shortall, TD, Minister of State, Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care, will open the celebrations on Wednesday, 4 July at 10:30am in 1-2 Henrietta Place. After this we will present FETAC certificates to current and former participants, announce the winners of our art competition, present poetry from current and former participants and present an adaptation of Conor McPherson’s one-man play, The Good Thief.
5 July 2012 – the Soilse Recovery Cup, a football competition involving teams from drug services across Dublin, will take place at the Clontarf All Weather Pitches, next to Clontarf Dart Station, Dublin 3, from 11am to 3 pm. Alan Matthews, manager of Shelbourne Football Club, will present the cup to the winning team.
6 July 2012 – symposium on Recovery is Contagious, starting at 10am. Joe Costello, TD, Ministerof State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will introduce the symposium. Workshops will focus on research and recovery, clients, services, communities and policy.
Soilse Return to Learning Course 2012
March 2012 - Are you a current or former Soilse participant? Have you applied for college in September but need help to prepare you to return to learning?
If so, you may be interested in our Return to Learning (RtL) course which starts in April.
- Community and Addiction Studies (FETAC Level 5)
- Social Studies (FETAC Level 5)
- Recovery Education
- Study Skills
- You must have applied for college in September.
- You must have finished the Soilse programme.
- You must apply in writing, saying why you want to do the course and what you will bring to it.
- You must provide 2 references.
- You must be drug free.
- You must have a record of good time-keeping and attendance.
- You must have completed all your Soilse FETAC modules.
Applications must be in by Monday, 26 March at 5pm.
Interviews will be held from 27-30 March.
Course starts on 16 April.
Course ends on 24 August
The course will be held in Soilse, Green Street.
Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided.
There is no charge.
There are no top-up payments.
Places are limited.
To find out more
Contact Dave O'Brien, co-ordinator, on (01) 872 4535 or (01) 872 4922.
Love to Learn
February 2012 - As part of the Aontas Adult Learning Festival 2012, Soilse hosted an event on Wednesday, 22 February, in Soilse's Drug-Free Programme in Green Street.
The event featured a presentation by Martin Keane, research manager with the Health Research Board on “The Role of Education in Developing Recovery Capital”. This was followed by a panel of former Soilse participants who shared their learning experiences. Visitors had a chance to meet Soilse staff and tour the facilities.
Soilse was shortlisted for the 2012 Aontas Awards. On three previous occasions Soilse won Aontas awards for its use of adult education methodologies to confront and overcome addiction.
October 2011 - A research study into the role and benefits of education in drug rehabilitation and recovery from addiction was launched on 26 October. The research is based on interviews with 20 former Soilse participants.
Another win for Soilse
February 2011 – For the third time in five years, Soilse has won a Dublin Region STAR award. This year’s award was for Soilse’s Service User Involvement initiative which aims to consult participants about their needs and vision for the Soilse programme and to define their issues of concern.
The STAR awards are co-ordinated by Aontas, the National Adult Learners Association, as part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival. They recognise the work undertaken by adult learning projects throughout Ireland and celebrate the positive contribution these projects make to society, local communities and the economy.
Soilse won the Dublin Region STAR award in 2010 and 2007 and got a ‘special commendation’ in 2009.
Soilse wins 2010 STAR Award
February 2010 - Soilse’s Career Guidance Service is the winner of the 2010 Dublin Regional STAR Award. STAR, which stands for ‘showcasing teamwork and awarding recognition’, celebrates outstanding, learner-centred adult and community education projects which demonstrate high levels of collaboration amongst participant groups. The awards are given by Aontas, the National Association of Adult Education.
In recognising Soilse’s Career Guidance Service, the judges said the career guidance counsellors work as facilitators in partnership with the learner to plan career goals and help overcome obstacles to progression. It noted the extreme social exclusion experienced by Soilse participants.
Soilse a finalist in 2009 ACE Awards
March 2009 – Soilse’s Return to Learning Project was a finalist in the 2009 EBS/NALA Adult Continuing Education (ACE) Awards. The project, which was developed by Soilse in conjunction with NUI Maynooth, supports recovering drug addicts in their progression to third level education. The ACE awards recognise innovative projects that help adults improve their literacy and numeracy skills with grants for research into new approaches to literacy learning for adults.
Soilse gets 'special commendation' in 2009 STAR Awards
January 2009 - Soilse's innovative Return to Learning Programme has been highly commended by Aontas, the National Association of Adult Education. The programme received a special commendation in the Dublin City and County category of the Aontas Star Awards.
The STAR awards showcase teamwork and award recognition to adult learners and the organisations which support them. The Return to Learning Programme was a pilot educational progression programme. Soilse designed it to help people recovering from drug addiction and hoping to return to further education or training to develop the skills and confidence they would need to achieve their ambitions.
FETAC commends Soilse programme
September 2008 - The Further Education Training Awards Council (FETAC) has praised Soilse's work in addressing the educational needs of participants and in identifying progression routes to further training and employment. In a review of Soilse's educational programme in June 2008, FETAC paid tribute to Soilse's efforts in maintaining and improving the quality of our programmes and services. The review highlights both good practice areas and some areas for improvement. Soilse is a registered FETAC centre and provides a range of educational modules. Click here to read the 2007 FETAC Soilse Programme Evaluation (full FETAC review) and the 2008 FETAC quality monitoring report.
Pilot Return-to-Learning programme a success
September 2008 - A 16-week, pilot return-to-learning programme (RLP) for departing Soilse participants has ended with most deciding to proceed to further education. Twelve participants enrolled in the practical skills programme and eight completed the course. Of these, six have enrolled in Leaving Certificate or Post-Leaving Certificate programmes while one has begun the Merchants Quay/UCD diploma in addiction counselling.
The high completion rate underlines the importance of a supportive, transition programme for people in early recovery who may not be ready for a full-time academic programme or even a college access course. Participant feedback was that the Soilse RLP provided a realistic view of college life, helped them to recognise the skills needed to succeed in education, taught them how to cope with the pressures of assignments and deadlines and, in some cases, spurred them to change direction and choose a different course.
The core modules were sociology and English but the course also included study skills, essay-writing, referencing, reading techniques, use of the library, computer skills, typing, using the internet, personal development and recovery supports. It was run with the support of NUI Maynooth and is currently being evaluated.
Soilse wins STAR Award
December 2007 - Soilse has scooped a Award from AONTAS, the National Association of Adult Education, for its use of adult education to help recovering drug users achieve an independent, drug-free lifestyle. The STAR awards recognise best practice in adult education. Soilse received the award in the Dublin City and County Wide Reach category.
Bríd Connolly, vice-president of AONTAS and chair of the judging panel said the awards highlight both the individual and the community benefits of adult education. "We were looking for projects which emphasised teamwork and partnership, and that were developed around the real needs of adult learners."