We provide supports to people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Also, through our Community Employment Scheme, funded by the Department of Social Protection, we provide rehabilitation, training, development and work experience for people who have been referred through the Probation Service or the Substance Misuse services.
Our 'out-reach' supports include: housing and independent living, liaising with other service providers, boxing program, cookery programme, counselling, training/education and therapeutic programmes.
We also provide 'in-reach' to people who are within the prison system, in order to work with them as they prepare for release. Our out-reach and in-reach service is funded by the Probation Service.
A Three-Stage Approach
Our approach to working with people who use our service can be broken down into three stages:
Stabilisation - This involves working with the person around their most basic needs, such as, housing, independent living skills, access to medical services and recovery from addiction. Counselling and therapeutic programmes are provided as well as health & fitness (gym/boxing).
Training & Development - This involves providing on-site training (Literacy, Woodcraft, Horticulture, Security Guarding, etc.) as well as supporting people through the process of accessing external training.
Social Enterprise - As many of the people who use our service find themselves socially excluded due to past issues, we have found that self-employment can often be the most viable option. We will be opening our Enterprise Hub (funded by the Regional Development Fund) in November 2014. The hub will be a 'incubator' for small businesses to begin their development in.
For information on our Funders and Partners, please click here.
U-Casadh Social Enterprise Conference - May 22nd 2015
The inaugural U-Casadh Social Enterprise Conference took place at our new Social Enterprise Centre on May 22nd 2015. If you have an interest in the area of entrepreneurship, please do check out the video, below, of our key-note speaker, Madi Sharma. She is a truly motivational speaker, with a personal story that inspires and resonates with so many people who use our service. Enjoy!