Community Employment Drugs Rehabilitation Supervisor
Fr Shán Ó’Cuív
Our Mission is to support and empower Participants to effect positive and enduring changes in their lives and of their families and communities.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust is a drug free voluntary organisation. We work with those seeking assistance in relation to issues pertaining to substance abuse and those involved in the criminal justice system. We actively work towards the reintegration of adults back into the community. Central to this is the creation of an environment which recognises the value of an individual within the context of trust, belonging and learning. This in turn enables the development of positive relationships and the ability to make informed choices which in turn will benefit not only themselves but the entire community.
The Board of Trustees of the Matt Talbot Community Trust has overall responsibility to oversee that the governance of the organisation is in line with best practice and that operational functions meet requirements under current legislation, charitable and company law and health & safety standards.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust is a registered charity under number CHY9616.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust has systematic approach to ensuring compliance with the Charities Governance Code. In line with the Code, our first report on compliance will be made to the Charities Regulator in 2021 in respect of 2020.
Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public
The is [fully compliant] with the fundraising guidelines outlined by the Charities Regulator in September 2017. You can view the guidelines
QuADS (Quality Standards in Alcohol and Drugs Services) is a quality standards framework that was developed by Drug Scope and Alcohol Concern in the UK in 1999 and has been selected as the guiding quality standard framework for HSE Addiction Services in Ireland.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust is currently compliant with QuADS.
Child Protection Officer
The organisation also shapes its practice in accordance with Children First. Children First provides a set of sound principles and good practice guidelines for organisations that provide services to children. The named Child Protection Officer with the Matt Talbot Community Trust is Grainne Jennings.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust is compliant with SORP standards.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust was founded in 1986 by Sr. Caoimhín Ní Uallachaín. Sr. Caoimhín had been working with young people from Ballyfermot for a number of years. Having initially set up a self-help group to support young people who had left school early and get them off the streets, a community eventually grew with the help of an army of volunteers.
After some years, the parish priest donated some land and with support and donations from local businesses and the local community the original home of the Trust was built on the grounds of the church. This provided a space where young people could come in out of the rain for some tea or to play music.
As the community grew to accept young men, space became limited. From the original group two groups were formed, one to support young people under eighteen and the other supporting adults.
The Matt Talbot Community Trust was born, at this time, to support young men going to prison. Around this time however, the drug problem was arriving in Ballyfermot. Today, the Matt Talbot Community Trust has evolved into an organisation that supports adults involved with the criminal justice system and/or in recovery from drug addiction through the provision of education, while also supporting the Ballyfermot community at large.
Mary Kenny wrote an article for the Independent “one real-life ‘good nun’ deserves to be remembered”, 30th May 2020 about the Matt Talbot Community Trust’s founder, Sr Caoimhin