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LCAES Launches CASC Evaluation Report
05/12/2011 00:00:00

Limerick City Adult Education Service (LCAES) will launch its Report ‘Evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of the Community Addiction Studies Course (CASC©) in Limerick City’ on Thursday December 8th 2011.  This study of CASC© in Limerick is only the third evaluation to be conducted on accredited drugs education in Ireland and is a first for Limerick.  The Report highlights the critical role that local communities and local people have to play in tackling problems of drugs misuse.

Through its Drug Education and Prevention programme, LCAES organises and supports the delivery of the Community Addiction Studies Course.  The course is delivered for 3 hours per week over 20 weeks and the award is a FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Community Addiction Studies. People who live in our Communities, Parents, Gardaí, Health Service personnel, Community activists, volunteers and people in recovery are just some of the groups that have participated in the programme over the last 10 years.

The course was designed by URRUS at Ballymun Youth Action Project in the mid ‘90’s as a response to the growing drugs crisis in Dublin.  It was established to fulfil the following five aims:
• To enable people to learn about drugs and their effects
• To develop an understanding of addiction
• To examine their own attitudes
• To become more effective in their personal response
• To develop the skills and knowledge to become more effective in responding to problem drug use in their own communities.

The richness of the study findings in Limerick can be attributed to the willingness of participants to reflect on and share their thoughts and experiences of CASC©.  They provide useful insights for all who are committed to building the capacity of local communities and supporting and recognising the skills and expertise of local people.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Mary Ryan Rose, Drugs Projects Coordinator at Limerick City Adult Education Service, said:  “Having delivered the course for 10 years in Limerick City, we considered that it was a good time to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the course on participants”. Mary further stated that: “Participants each year spoke about how beneficial the course was to them both personally and professionally, this is endorsed by the findings of the report”.

This sentiment is reflected in the following quote from a past participant: “It provides an insight into the experiences of all different aspects of life in relation to addiction - the person who is trying to help, the person who is addicted and the person who is recovering.  It’s all life experience in relation to that subject there in one room, waiting to come out to assist you and you to assist them”.

The report will be formally launched on Thursday December 8th at 6.30 p.m. in the Absolute Hotel, Limerick City.  LCAES is looking forward to celebrating the achievement of all past participants of the course and those attending the launch will get to hear the experiences of some of those participants.

Further information: Mary Ryan Rose, Drugs Projects Coordinator, LCAES. Telephone – 061 445778 or

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