Training courses

Community Employment Scheme

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Childcare

Creche services

Adult Education

TARGET has been providing ADULT education courses since its inception in 1993.  Courses range from mindfulness, flower arranging, literacy to art and yoga.  TARGET continue to provide programmes from Donaghmede house since the move from St Kevin’s School in 2017.

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Counselling Service

TARGET Counselling Service developed as a local response to suicide in the Dublin 13 area.  Ever since, with the support from TUSLA and our 30 volunteer counsellors we have been providing a high quality, donation based Counselling Service.

 

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Childcare services

The childcare service was originally set up to allow parents to avail of education courses and counselling service but developed into a full community childcare centre, divided into Community Childcare Subvention (CCSS), Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and drop in service.  The childcare service temporarily ceased in 2017 with the move from the school. 

Child Safeguarding Statement

Accredited Counselling Services

In 1994 as a result of eight deaths by suicide the late Marie McNamee saw the need for a counselling service.  The first intake of students (16) commenced with training in 1995.  We then opened the doors with 6 students qualifying in 1997.  The service was then opened to the community as the students then had to complete an additional 100 hours of client work.  This course is run over a 3 1/2 year period.

Community Employment Scheme

Our Community Employment (CE) scheme, funded by Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) is in place since 1995.  There are 30 CE participants and one supervisor on the project.  The participants use their time on CE to train and gain work experience and are based both in house in TARGET or in local community services such as childcare, youth and sporting organisations.

Hobby Classes

T.A.R.G.E.T. Provides hobby classes within the community such as sewing, arts and crafts, flower arranging, mindfulness and jewellery making.

25 years in the Community

TARGET started out as the ‘D13 Adult Education Group’ in 1993 when two local women responded to the demand for Adult Education courses in the area by forming an ad-hoc organizing group with the support of the Head Librarian in Donaghmede Library and the Community Officer of Dublin City Council.  Initially, the group operated from Donaghmede House, offering four courses to sixty women in the first year.  As news of the courses spread, the range of classes offered expanded and the number of participants also grew. 

By 1993, Gerry McNamee came on Board as the Manager and the group was renamed TARGET and offered a total of 14 courses to offer 100 participants.  By this stage, TARGET had moved to unused and derelict classrooms in St. Kevin’s School, provided by the Board of Management of the School.  These rooms were totally refurbished by TARGET, for the provision of services by all people in the community.

In 1994 TARGET registered as a charity and in the same year, the crèche was opened to provide childcare facilities so that no parent would be  excluded from attending a course due to child minding responsibility.  1995 saw the commencement of the FAS Community Employment Project.

In 1994 as a result of eight deaths by suicide the late Marie McNamee saw the need for a counselling service.  The first intake of students (16) commenced with training in 1995.  We then opened the doors with 6 students qualified in 1997.  The service was then opened to the community as the students then had to complete an additional 100 hours of client work.  This course is currently run over a 3 ½ year period.

Our Board Members

Gerry Mooney

Gerry is a retired Primary School Principal who has long experience of board membership in schools, and hopes that this experience will be found useful in supporting the ethos of TARGET and its commitment to the community. He greatly admires the dedication of the founding members of TARGET, and in this regard will work to contribute further in that tradition.

Robin Faughnan

Robin Faughnan has been a serving member of An Garda Siochana working with the Special Crime Operations and is also Managing Director of Surent Ltd, which is a consultancy, training and education company.  This experience has allowed Robin to work within a number of charities and NGO’s in Ireland and abroad over the past 20 years.  Robin holds a Degree in Applied Policing from University of Limerick and a Master Degree in International Criminal Justice from Portsmouth University.

Brenda Clerkin

Brenda has been involved with TARGET since its foundation.  Brenda has a long history of volunteering and involvement with community development in the Donaghmede area.  These have included board membership in St Kevin’s and Holy Trinity schools as well as membership of Donaghmede Community Development Association.

Lisa Flanagan

Chairperson

Rob Bergin

Rob has extensive experience in financial services having worked in various roles for a number of multinational banks.

Rob also has a broad range of qualifications including a degree in Software Systems, a higher diploma in Psychotherapy and currently working towards the CFA qualification.
Rob joined the board in 2017 having previously volunteered in counselling services in Dublin City Centre.

David Mack

Director

Our Mission

Using a partnership approach, to meet the broad lifelong learning needs of local adults within the Donaghmede area of North Dublin and its hinterland, particularly those who experience / have experienced difficulty with the formal education system, by supporting them to develop their personal, education and employment skills, and thereby enhance their quality of life’

Testimonials

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 24 YEARS

“I never knew how to spell when it came to writing letters, I would write a card and put the simplest words I could spell. TARGET thank you for being there for me

……… (literacy user)

“because if I didn’t meet you in TARGET when I did I don’t know where I would be but I do know I wouldn’t be going in the direction I am going. TARGET is needed in the community, it has saved many from going down a path of no return”

………service user

“I have been working at TARGET for a number of years and I absolutely love working here”

………CE employee

“TARGET counselling saved my life”

service user
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Thank you to

T.A.R.G.E.T

DONAGHMEDE HOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE

Newbrook Road

Donaghmede

Dublin 13

Ph: 01-8671967

Email us : info@targeteducation.net