Minister Shortall attends Canal Communities Training Programme TURAS Annual Awards Ceremony

Róisín Shortall, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy today (Wednesday 19th September) attended the Canal Communities Training Programme TURAS Annual Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony is held annually to present certificates and awards to participants on the TURAS Community Education scheme, located in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.

The TURAS programme is an holistic rehabilitative education and training programme specifically designed as a response to the needs of stabilised drug users. It is supported by the Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force and funded under the Drugs Initiative of the Department of Health.

Speaking at the event, the Minister Shortall said: “All too often the media focus is on the negativity and the damage drug use causes, rather than on the success stories. The stories I have heard today demonstrate that people can recover from addiction and go on to lead full and rewarding lives”.

Over €1.6m has been allocated to Canal Communities Local Drugs Task Force from the Drugs Initiative in 2012, including €70,000 for the TURAS programme. The programme also receives funding from the Department of Social Protection and the HSE.

Note for Editors:

Canal Communities Training Programme, TURAS, is an holistic rehabilitative education and training programme specifically designed as a response to the needs of stabilised drug users.

TURAS provides addiction support, vocational education and training, outdoor education and evidence-based holistic therapies. The programme is aimed at individuals stabilised on methadone, living within the areas of Bluebell, Rialto or Inchicore.