“As part of a continuum of care we support the women in Suaimhneas to maintain their recovery, to transition back to independent living and to reach their potential as productive members of society. We do this by providing a safe environment, with one to one support based on an individual’s needs and goals identified through person centred support planning.”
Suaimhneas first opened its doors in August 2016 in partnership with the HSE, Acet and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE). This female only service provides beds for up to 6 women who have completed a residential drug treatment programme and have a minimum period of 8-10 weeks drug and alcohol free. The referral criterion also consists of previous engagement with the criminal justice system and eligibility for registration with the DRHE. Referrals are only accepted from designated referral agents. As per the HSE continuum of care, Suaimhneas is deemed a ‘Recovery House’, aiming to create a home for all residents with communal living; meals are cooked and eaten together. Cleaning and other household tasks are undertaken by the residents also.
Within the service, days are very structured for the residents. Attendance at external twelve step recovery meetings is also paramount for the growth and development of residents’ recovery. The women are engaged in full time therapeutic day programmes during the week and while the weekend is also structured, there is time for residents to relax and have meaningful use of their free time.
The name “Suaimhneas” when translated from Irish means “Serenity”.