Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Fergal Dennehy attended Council Chambers on the 20th October to launch a multilingual translation of the latest edition of the ‘Directory of Services for Alcohol & Drug Misuse in Cork & Kerry’. The directory which is produced and regularly updated by the Community Outreach Drug & Alcohol Awareness Project at Cork City Partnership is now being made available in seven languages including Polish, French, Russian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Chinese and Arabic. This development, funded by the HSE South, is a timely reflection of the rich diversity in modern Irish society. “Cork City Partnership welcomes the provision of HSE South funding to enable us to make this directory available in such a wide range of languages. It is important that our newer minority community members are supported to easily access information on drug and alcohol services.” said Brenda Cahill, CEO of Cork City Partnership.
Voyteck Bialek, representative of Together Razem Centre, which provides support to Polish and Eastern European migrants living in Cork city and county commented, “Our Cork centre Together Razem, operates a support model similar to that historically provided by Irish Centres in England. We have a unique understanding of the multiple stresses faced by migrants in a host country. Culturally inclusive measures such as this multi-lingual drug and alcohol e directory are particularly valuable to isolated and disadvantaged sectors of newer communities in Cork, who will be encouraged to access services. We are delighted to see this multi-lingual directory available to linguistic minorities in the South.”
The directory demonstrates the significant development of drug and alcohol services in Cork and surrounds as a result of the action plans of the Cork Local Drugs Task Force and Southern Regional Drugs Task Force. “In the last number of years there has been a significant investment in drugs services across the region. With the directory now available in multi-lingual format, we aim to meet the information and service needs across all communities in the South,” said David Lane, Co-ordinator of Drug and Alcohol Services for HSE South.
The directory also serves to highlight the existence of 21 community based projects as funded by the Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force which serve as a first point of contact for those requiring help with drugs or alcohol. “One of the key objectives of Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force is to support families and communities by providing relevant up to date information on drugs and alcohol services. With this multi-lingual drug & alcohol directory we are reaching out to members of our newer communities,” says Joe Kirby, Co-ordinator of the Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force.
The multi-lingual directories is available in electronic from various websites including; Cork City Partnership, www.partnershipcork.ie , Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force, www.corkdrugandalcohol.ie , the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force, www.srdtf.ie.
You can download the directory in three most popular languages below: