It has been a privilege to have been involved in the valuable work of CAD since the 1980’s. I have admired and been personally inspired by the enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism of all the CAD team with whom I have worked.
-Professor Des Corrigan, Government and EU Drug Advisor.
I am very aware and greatly appreciate the contribution made by CAD over the past 25 years in providing drug education programmes for parents and for those active in the voluntary and community sector.
-John Curran TD, former Minister of State with Responsibility for National Drug Strategy
Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs.
I congratulate CAD’s team, the North Dublin City and County Regional Drug Task Force and the Citizen Information Board for their hard work and commitment in creating this comprehensive document…I applaud your initiative to produce this Guide and wish you every success with this manual and any subsequent training that may follow.
-Alex White TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care.
Testimony from Family Focus Participants
The programme was excellent. The Tutor was a brilliant teacher, made the class enjoyable and I personally got so much from the course. The leaflets and books were so educational and invaluable for a parent. I would recommend this course without a doubt, one of the best delivered courses I’ve been a part of.
I feel better informed then I was 6 weeks ago. I feel more confident about talking to my kids about drugs. I feel assured that there’s help out there if its needed. Change? Nothing. The programme was very interesting, a bit scary but overall I’m delighted I got a chance to participate.
Very informative with everyday information, easy to understand, easy to pass on to others. Instructor was excellent, she spoke to us and not at us, and always felt I could give my opinion.
Testimony from Tailored Training Participant
This was my first course on drugs. It was extremely informative and very well presented. I fee quite confident that I could certainly help with someone and point them in the right direction.
I would have great admiration for the course trainers for the interesting and articulate way they put the course together.
I feel I am better equipped to assist a client with advice and support agencies.
Testimony from Partners
I have, for years, valued CAD’s emphasis on working with parents as a prevention approach and the importance of that was re-emphasised when the NACD published its report on early school-leavers showing that parental involvement and concern along with information on substance use for parents were pre-eminent protective factors in drug prevention efforts.
The drug and alcohol awareness is very important as our students are at the stage where they are just getting their first taste of independence and are more often in situations where they may come into contact with alcohol or drugs. By learning that it’s ok to say no and not feeling pressured into situations is of huge importance to them and by discussing these things it takes away peoples inbuilt fears of being in these situations.
Community Awareness of Drugs has provided our Volunteer Drugs and Alcohol Training for the past (three) years. As a frontline service, we have found this training to be an invaluable source of knowledge for new team members regarding the types of drugs, services and treatments available in Ireland. The training has a strong practical element enabling participants to apply the information to everyday situations that can arise as part of their work. The trainers were very knowledgeable, clear in their delivery and created an enjoyable and participative group atmosphere.