Care Projects Updates

Happy Days: Summer Project

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is already over and the kids have gone back to school!  But as we look back over the summer youth project, it’s great to be able to say that there were many gems to take from the time and activities we spent with them.  We had lots of God-given opportunities to walk alongside them and explore various needs, hopes, dreams, and positives in each of their lives, as well as have a bit of fun and make great memories with their peers.

The activities included trips out to Bray (for beach picnics and rock-skipping fun), Adventure Golf, ‘Manicures & Milkshakes’ day with the teenage girls, Aquatic Centre, cinema and Sea-Life.

We had a fantastic opportunity to bring one of our biggest groups yet of young people and their families to Cavan Centre for a residential trip in beautiful, sunny July for a multitude of activities and some unforgettable moments together.

The summer proved to be an essential time for really journeying with each young person in where they are in their own lives, as well as being able to link in with their families more as a result.  It laid a great foundation for the continuing youth & family care work and we will continue to assess and review what the best care support would look like for each young person in the months ahead.  More than anything, it was a privilege and blessing to share some laughs and special memories with these amazing young people, and to be allowed insight into their lives and how we might be able to support them.

A big thank you to CDYSB, Crosscare and Trinity Church coffee bar for their funding and support of this project.

If you’re interested in supporting this aspect of our work through finances or prayer (or both!), please contact us below to find out how to get involved.  If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for future youth activities, you can also contact us to find out more details about upcoming volunteer training.

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563 Home Visits in 2013: our annual report

At the start of 2013, the ACET care team noted a positive attitude among many clients who were seeking to improve in areas of their life, such as adhering to HIV medication, lowering levels of methadone maintenance, giving up smoking and bettering other areas of general health. In line with this, ACET’s staff and volunteers continued to provide practical and emotional client-centred care to 25 families with 63 adult and youth clients needing intensive or medium support, and to 29 families (40 individuals) who needed low levels of support, all affected by HIV, Hepatitis C and poly drug use, among other issues.

The support included:

  • 563 home care visits (373 by care staff and 190 by volunteers)
  • Accompaniment to 43 clinic and medical appointments
  • 64 sessions of bereavement support, crisis intervention and counselling
  • Numerous respite days (individual and family) with therapeutic elements
  • 22 quilt group meetings

Following the success of a pilot women’s morning in March, we held a second women’s event in July which focused on a holistic look at nutrition and healthy living. The reason behind this focus was a direct result of emerging issues of food poverty and the implications this has on physical and mental health. The good weather during the summer months also provided an opportunity for individually focused and varied respite days for clients. We enjoyed day trips to Dun Laoghaire, Bray, Botanic Gardens and Howth, in addition to making use of local community gardens and parks in the city centre.

The 2013 budget, which came earlier than expected, affected a number of our clients who receive grants such as mobility or dietary allowance. Practically, staff worked alongside individuals on personal budgeting, helping families with back-to-school needs and advocating to have personal grants restored.

In December, the care team completed the Hamper Project, delivering individually-tailored hampers to all the client families in a manner integrated with their overall care plan, taking time to be with people during this difficult season. This is always a positive way to close off the year and we are extremely appreciative of the donations and help towards it.

ACET Care 2013 highlights:

  • Continued work around parent-to-child communication and disclosure of HIV status.
  • Ongoing goal setting in line with client care plans which saw many individuals committing to adhere to their medication and reduce methadone and other drug use.
  • Several new diverse client referrals during the year.
  • Client-initiated group respite days which were significant as our clients are rarely in a place to attend group activities.
  • Supporting one client to share their story in a public setting of their journey through addiction and of living with HIV.

This is an excerpt from ACET’s 2013 annual report. To download the full report, which includes reports on our education projects, our finances, and Matilda Project, please click on the link below.

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Care team gearing up for an exciting summer.

Our Family and Youth Support Co-ordinator, Hansi Chisnall, shares news of the exciting plans we have for summer 2014:

We currently offer highly-relational, intentional youth support through activities held in-house and during outings to fun and diverse locations.  Ages generally range between 5-18 and each young person is supported based on their individual needs and assessed from a holistic viewpoint.

Activities typically look like trips out to the zoo, beach, cinema, parks, leisure centres and attending workshops that aim to stimulate their personal creativity and offer them a platform for their voice to be heard.  In addition, regular family support often happens in the home, working together with each unique family unit through emotional and practical support.

As summer approaches, the aim is to increase the level of youth support in order to offer respite to both themselves and their families, either separately or together.  This means more consistent outings, more workshops held in our office, family days out and residential weekends.  These activities aim to be used as a safe and therapeutic space and time in order to build on attributes such as confidence, communication and enable their well-being.  As we receive feedback from the families we work with, it helps us to tailor our activities and support work around where they are at and empower them to take ownership over their personal involvement.

We hope to soon recruit a small pool of volunteers who are interested and able to help support these young people through positive and encouraging activities and 1-to-1 mentoring.

If you’re interested in volunteering with ACET, please get in touch and we will let you know how you can get involved.

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ACET Care Project accepting referrals

In the context of a significant increase in HIV incidence our Care Project have received an increase in new referrals in 2014. We accept referrals from a variety of agencies and individuals including health care professionals, social workers, drug projects, local community groups, churches and self-referrals.

Referrals are accompanied by a completed form with information relevant to the potential client and their specific care needs. Depending upon capacity within our service an ACET staff member will then meet with the referred person to provide information on ACET’S care services. In the initial stages of the care relationship a client agreement is signed and a care plan established in line with agreed goals. Referrals are currently being accepted. You can download a referral form below or contact the ACET office at

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