Founder of Aislinn pleas for funding to maintain services

THE FOUNDER of the Aislinn Adolescent Centre has pleaded with the government to honour their committment that ‘young people are our greatest resource’ and provide the centre with essential funding.

THE FOUNDER of the Aislinn Adolescent Centre has pleaded with the government to honour their committment that ‘young people are our greatest resource’ and provide the centre with essential funding.

Sr Veronica Mangan who founded the centre explained that Aislinn started with young people at ‘the heart of it’s service’.

“I want to commend the staff on changing and challenging times. We need funding and I am pleading with the government to honour their committment that young people are our greatest resource. Some cutbacks cant be made including young people and their future. We helped 100 people last year and for every person that is a resident here there are ten other people affected,” she said.

General manager of the Aislinn Adolescent Centre in Ballyragget, Breda Cahill praised the residents, staff, volunteers and board of directors at the launch of their annual report at the centre on Monday and also thanked guest speaker Brian Cody for his attendance and praised him for his team’s win last Sunday.

“The centre was founded almost 14 years ago and the service has grown and expanded into a centre of excellence.

“ Over 1400 young people and their families have passed through our doors since we opened. We offer a six-week programme, an aftercare programme and an extended family programme.

“We have also been very lucky to have secured funding for our detox programme. A lot of people have done a lot of hard work and we hope to have the unit opened on a full time basis by 2013. This service is vitally important for the young people of Irelans. It is very easy being a manager when you have a good and dedicated team and it amazes me the support and the dedication that you give continously,” she said.

Wonderful team

Chairman of the Board of Directors, John McDermott thanked the ‘wonderful team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 14 years’. “Every step we have taken is to get people back on the road to a good life and a new road,” he said.

Deputy John McGuinness, who has lent his support to the service also spoke at the event. “I have supported Aislinn for years because I have real belief in the services that it offers and I have seen it grow from strength to strength. The sucess of Aislinn is seen by the people who have come through the doors and recovered,” he said.

Aislinn is a Drug Free Residential Treatment Centre whose purpose is to provide quality treatment for persons between 15-21 years and to assisst families by offering an Addiction Awareness Programme.