A range of field visits will be offered to allow delegates to meet local social workers and community based workers in agencies and projects across Ireland, including Northern Ireland. Field visits are available to book now.

 

Field Visit 1- Belfast

Date: 3rd July 2018

Time: 8am-8pm

Price: €90 per person

The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are delighted to be able to offer delegates the opportunity to visit Belfast for a unique fieldtrip. Delegates who choose this option will experience a fully escorted trip by private coach from Dublin to Belfast leaving early morning and returning by 8pm. All transport within Belfast will also be covered. Main topics covered on this field trip include; the experiences of SW and communities during the armed conflict in Northern Ireland, and SW post conflict. The morning session will take place at NICVA. There will be an overview of the NIASW book “Voices of SW through the conflict in NI” which will be launched at the conference. This ground-breaking book is based on a study of 500 SWs who practiced throughout The Troubles from 1969-1998. We will also have input from a local specialist conflict trauma centre. Mid-morning coffee and biscuits will be provided. Following a tour of some of the city’s most iconic street art (political murals) delegates will be given a guided tour of Parliament Buildings at Stormont, the historic seat of the NI Assembly. Where lunch will be provided in the private members dining room. Afternoon tea will also be served later in the day in Belfast City Hall, alongside an exhibition of SW from across all of NI.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography permitted upon request.

 

 

Field Visit 2- St. Michael’s House (Disability)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://www.smh.ie/?q=node/148

For 57 years, St. Michael’s House has been a leader in the development and provision of community-based services for people with an intellectual disability in Ireland. Service users, parents and families are at the heart of how services are planned and delivered. Services include: clinical and counselling services, early services, individualised supports, educational services, vocational services, employment services, residential services, respite services, specialist Alzheimer’s services for people with intellectual disability and social, sporting and recreational Services.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography not permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 3- Fatima Groups United (Housing)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

https://fgu.Ie/

Established in 1995 by a Voluntary Board of Management, Fatima Groups United has been the driving force behind the successful regeneration of Fatima that has seen the physical and social transformation of the old flats complex. Fatima Groups operate from community development principles providing key services in the areas of health and wellbeing, education, employment, arts, childcare, counselling supports, information and advice, family support and advocacy and civic awareness.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 4- Pavee Point (Ethnic Minority Groups)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://www.paveepoint.ie/

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre operates a series of dedicated programmes and is dedicated to the realisation of human rights for Travellers and Roma. Pavee Point specialise in community development, drugs and alcohol, education, ethnic data collection, health, policy work, Roma project, violence against women and youth work.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography not permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 5- Focus Ireland (Homelessness)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

https://www.focusireland.ie/

 

Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes across Ireland. Focus Ireland is driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Focus Ireland works to influence the social and political environment in which Ireland operates by, undertaking a programme of national and local research projects, policy analysis and development. This work helps the organisation to identify the needs of their customers and to lobby for changes in public policy and provision for those experiencing homelessness. By developing evidence based research and policy they hope to influence young people.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 6- TUSLA (Child and Family Agency)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://www.tusla.ie/

The Child and Family Agency is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. Tusla offers services in child protection and welfare, educational welfare, psychological services, alternative care, family and locally-based community supports, early years, domestic, gender-based and violence.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography permitted upon request.

 

 

Field Visit 7- Gateway Mental Health Association (Mental Health)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://projectgateway.blogspot.ie/

Gateway is a community based peer support project for people enduring mental health difficulties, working together for recovery and inclusion in the community. Access to stress reduction as well as recreational, social and cultural activities support members’ wellbeing and integration locally. Annual training and education is planned by and with Gateway members so that people can progress their health and educational goals on their own terms and as they choose.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography not permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 8- St. Mary’s Hospital (Older People)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

St Mary’s Hospital is a non-acute hospital campus offering a diverse range of services including long-term residential care to older persons & younger adults with disabilities, respite services to older persons, rehabilitation for older persons, community response for older persons, specialist stroke rehabilitation, a day hospital service and transitional care.

On this visit one will have the opportunity to meet the social work team who work across the campus and learn of their role on site.

In terms of patient work, the team are involved in providing emotional support for patient and families, coordinating community service provision, patient advocacy, provision of  information and support on accessing nursing home care, medical cards, social welfare payments & accommodation issues, as well as providing information on legal matters.

Apart of individual patient and family work, the social work team are also involved in delivering education, policy development, group work and safeguarding vulnerable adults from abuse.

The visit will consist of presentations from the social work team at St Mary’s hospital and opportunity for group discussion.  Visitors will also have an opportunity to take a guided tour of the campus, weather permitting.

Please wear comfortable shoes   

 As this is a hospital and residential care setting, the privacy of our clients is of upmost importance and therefore photography is not permitted

 

Field Visit 9- The Grow Dome Project (Environment)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://www.thegrowdomeproject.com/

  

Dublin’s first geodesic grow dome in the heart of Dublin 8 is an intensive all-year-round sustainable food production tool, an arts and music exhibition space, a community meeting and education area, and an iconic piece of art in its own right – all at the same time. A community-based initiative aimed at demonstrating: The capacity of urban communities to contribute to job creation through small scale community based enterprise by food/crop production on brown field urban sites and the application of alternative approaches to energy conservation and smart food production.

Field visit will be located outdoors; comfortable shoes and a rain jacket are advised. Photography permitted upon request.

 

 

Field Visit 10- Community Gardens, Mud Island (Environment)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

http://thehousepresents.wixsite.com/mudisland

 

Mud Island Community Garden has been developed on a derelict site owned by Dublin City Council (DCC) in the north inner city.  Following a two-year campaign by the local community, a license was granted by the local council in 2011. Since then the site has been cleared and levelled, raised beds built for vegetables and fruit trees and a social hub created with pizza oven and BBQ. The garden is farmed collectively and the produce shared. Membership is open to anyone in the area, with a clear policy of social inclusion. The garden has close links with the Larkin Unemployed Centre’s horticultural course which shares the site, as well as with local schools and community organisations. As an entirely volunteer led group, they’ve been the recipient of several grants that helped to get them started.  Today, the garden plays both a recreational and educational role in the local community, providing a space for the community to garden, relax, enjoy surroundings and meet with their neighbours, as well as courses on gardening, environmental and sustainable living. They hold regular functions in the garden throughout the year including an annual open day, Halloween party for children, spring and Christmas fairs. All the benefits of community growing are evident in this small community garden – it has acted as a catalyst for neighbourhood and community development and stimulated social interaction between different generations and cultures. The garden is an active member of the Dublin Community Growers’ network (http://dcg.ie/) which has 32 community gardens affiliated, and has links with the all-Ireland Community Gardens Ireland group (http://cgireland.org/).  Mud Island has won several prizes over the past couple of years in neighbourhood competitions– for best community garden/allotment and best environmental initiative – and this year was nominated for the 32 county all Ireland national Pride of Place competition. 

Field visit will be located outdoors; comfortable shoes and a rain jacket are advised. Photography permitted.

 

 

Field Visit 11- husITa-University College Dublin IT Services (Technology)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 1:30pm-5pm

Tickets: €20 per person

http://www.ucd.ie/computing/

 

 

 

This field visit is open to all delegates. The staff of the IT Services will discuss cyber security, virtual learning, data protection and data storage. In addition to the above, Dr Eileen Oak will present her research on Predictive Risk Modelling (PRM) in social work (Oak, E (2016) ‘A Minority Report for Social Work? The Predictive Risk Model (PRM) and the Tuituia Assessment Framework in addressing the needs of New Zealand’s Vulnerable Children’. British Journal of Social Work, 46 (5):1208-1208).

PRM, especially in the child protection field, is rapidly becoming a much debated and highly controversial topic in human services worldwide: https://csda.aut.ac.nz/news/child-protection-and-thepromise-of-predictive-analytics

Professor Mark Keane of the School of Computer Science, University College Dublin will discuss Machine Learning and Big Data. Mark’s research has been split between Cognitive Science (analogy, metaphor) and Computer Science (natural language processing, machine learning, case-based reasoning and text analytics).

Located in the The Red Room, Student Centre on the Belfield campus of UCD.

Field visit will be located indoors. Photography permitted upon request.

 

 

Field Visit 12- Central Mental Hospital Dundrum (Mental Health)

Date: 5th July 2018

Time: 2pm-5pm

Price: €20 per person

The Central Mental Hospital is part of the National Forensic Mental Health Service. With 93 inpatient beds (83 male, 10 female) in our secure campus in Dundrum, Dublin. The NFMHS offers a mental health service to; persons (children and adults) detained within the criminal justice system; people who’s needs exceed that which their community mental health service is able to provide; and people who are found by the Courts to be Unfit to be Tried or Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. There’s also prison inreach teams in visiting most of the prisons and places of detention around the country.

 

We operate 7 consultant-led multi-disciplinary teams in the CMH, with social workers based on each team including a Mental Health Intellectual and Developmental Disability team. The hospital was built as a criminal lunatic asylum in 1850 and will be moving to a new purpose-built facility in 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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