MCDAR Project

Meath Community Drug & Alcohol Response is a confidential community project offering a range of services to individuals and family members who may be experiencing difficulties with addiction. We operate our service based on mutual respect, dignity and equality.

Crann Support Group is our Project Promoter


Project Coordinator: Cathy Whelan
F/T Project Worker: Trish Egan
P/T Project Worker: Liam Rooney
Project Worker on leave: Lorna Weldon
Admin: Miriam Larkin
Assistant Support Worker: John Sullivan

Counsellors on contract for Service as funding permits x 3
Facilitators on contract for service x 3
Strengthening Families Programme Coordinator contract for service

MCDAR has a committed and loyal Voluntary Management Committee.
Members: Sr Brid Boland, Community Garda Sergeant Tom Mahon, Paula Callan, Phyllis Mc Goldrick, Irene Farrell and Cathy Whelan


North East Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force
Health Service Executive North East
Louth & Meath Education Training Board
Mercy Projects Fund Northern Province
Tusla Child & Family Agency
National Lottery
ESB Energy for Generations

Court Donations

Bag pack and Golf Table Quiz in partnership with Co Meath Golf Club.
Donations from various individuals and agencies


Mindfulness and Meditation x 1 Staff member
ECass Training x 2 Staff Members (Electronic Client management system)
Shine a Light on Alcohol & Drug Use among Young People x 2 Staff members
Life Empowerment x 2 Staff members
Women in Addiction x 2 Staff member
Strengthening Families Site Co Ord Workshop x 1 Staff member
Offering Support in the aftermath rape and sexual assault x 1 Staff member
Parenting Champion Project Training x 1 Staff Member
SOS Wellness Workshop x 2 Staff member
Child Protection Training x 4 Staff members
Diploma, Level 7, Drugs and Alcohol x 1 Staff Member
CAD Family Focus Training


Confidential Drop-In Service available in Navan:
Wednesdays 2pm-4pm (0ff Ludlow Street)

Confidential Drop-In Service available in Trim:

Thursdays 2pm-4pm (Haggard St Car Park)

Confidential Support around substance/alcohol misuse.

Contact: Lorna (087) 1845805 / Trish (086) 4081511

Other Services Provided

  • Key working and Care planning
  • Brief Interventions
  • Support for Families
  • After care group
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Stabilisation Group x 2
  • Interagency Networking Meetings
  • Counselling Service as funding permits

85 people accessed our services in 2016 for brief interventions, key working and care planning with approximately a further 30 making an initial once off contact.

20 Family members accessed our service for brief interventions, key working and care planning
22 Under 18’s accessed 77 hours of counselling and 16 adults accessed 155 hours of counselling.

Community Supports

  • Education Workshops x 5 in Co Meath
  • Junior Cert Initiative with 2750 information packs distributed to parents in Co Meath through twenty two secondary schools in the week prior to Junior Cert results with the emphasis on young people celebrating safely.
  • Host a community networking information lunch twice yearly to increase the profile of MCDAR in the Community
  • Involved with local and county interagency networks where appropriate to build capacity and maximize support for individuals accessing our service.
  • Participated in the Meath Interagency Strengthening Families programme 2016

Strengthening Families Programme Team 2016 Cathy Whelan MCDAR, Trish Murphy SMART, Sandra Stafford Tusla Child & Family Agency, Lisa Moroney Trim Family Resource Centre, Trish Egan MCDAR, Phyllis Mc Goldrick MCDAR, Justyna Doherty Trim Family Resource Centre, John Sullivan MCDAR, Bernard Peppard Tusla Child & Family Agency/MCDAR

Three Family Focus Education Programmes delivered in Co Meath

Parents really need to talk to young people about alcohol and drugs

Family Focus is a series of five, two and a half hour sessions on alcohol and drug awareness in your community.

Here’s what parents say:
“Very informative, good fun”
“It has been a great help to me, I have learnt to step back before I do anything. Most importantly I have learnt to listen to my kids”

Steps to help keep teens safe
from alcohol and drugs.

Get new information
Learn new skills
Use practical solutions
Be assertive in your parenting
Teach your children to make healthy choices