Through the WRDATF South West Mayo Development Company hosts a Community Liaison Worker and Drug Education Support Worker. These staff members offer support and training in substance use and misuse in a variety of community settings. 

The Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force (WRDATF) was set up in 2003 as part of the Government’s efforts to address drug issues in Ireland. The WRDATF is part of a national network of 24 regional and local task forces across the country that are funded by the Department of Health, through the Health Service Executive (HSE). 

Under the National Drugs Strategy, 2017-2025, Task Forces “play a key role in coordinating interagency action at local-level and supporting evidence-based approaches to problem substance use, including alcohol and illegal drugs”. The WRDATF covers the “Western Region” which encompasses counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. 

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We offer evidence-based training programs to many sectors of the community in conjunction with established WRDATF projects. We design and deliver specific needs-based training, professional upskilling and capacity building, parent education, community seminars and information sessions. 

We also facilitate Substance Use education for high-risk groups and offers family support, as part of the regional WRDATF Family support team in County Roscommon. 

We support communities in County Mayo to develop individual responses to substance misuse. We also develop and support targeted initiatives in relation to substance misuse and assist in drug and alcohol policy development. 

SWMDC offers WRDATF supports in counties Mayo and Roscommon. 

For more informationplease contact: 

Gillian Conway Drug Education Support Worker 086 781 4779
Pat Conway Community Liaison Worker 087 740 0011