Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme is based in Co. Dublin. It was established in 1997, in response to the increasing use of drugs in the Kilbarrack area. Over the years KCCP has expanded the array of services and facilities that cater for a wide variety of people within the area. Some of these services include Structured Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Programmes, Counselling & Referral, a Reach Out Programme, Parent and Toddler groups and Youth Services.
Their Reach Out project works with 18-25-year-old cannabis users and polysubstance drug users. This training and personal development is considered an essential part of recovery (in the Reach-Out Project) with a particular emphasis being placed on improving physical and psychological well-being. The aim is to help people address their specific issues, whatever that may be, and help them re-integrate into the community and progress on to more fulfilling lives. The reach out project allows young people to adapt to life’s stressors through creative self-expression. The project does this by using art and video media as a platform for developing self-esteem and facilitating a sense of mastery. This material is used to "reach out" to the community, using peer to peer films and artwork, which is designed to challenge perceptions and educate the youth in the community. about drug use, psychological distress and generational issues of social importance.
With the help of funding from our players, KCCP were able to achieve their objectives to help the young people widen their perspectives and reduce harmful substance misuse and increase the adoption of more pro-social and constructive behaviours. The training included sessions in a local gymnasium with a personal trainer. In addition, the young people were engaged in sports and leisure activities; football, walk and talk, snorkeling, sea swims, beach bootcamp, aerial assault team building, and a fully supported swimming programme that allowed the young people to work towards life guard and swim coach certification. When the young people were more stable we expanded the programme and set up a media training project.
KCCP's work is truly special for the young people of Kilbarrack, and inspiring for generations that follow. We're proud to support them.