Day Programme

IMG_2280There are currently 21 participants on RADE’s day programme, participating in artistic workshops and relapse prevention workshops. The day programme runs from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm. Each morning commences with Tai Chi or Yoga followed by workshops.

The programme specifics

RADE (recovery through art, drama, education) is a community employment training scheme where participants engage daily in a variety of workshops: Drama, Dance, Film, Creative Writing, Art, Tai Chi, Relapse Prevention, Yoga. Workshops are facilitated by our four staff and a varying number of external professional artists, who have included poet of Ireland Paula Meehan, dramatist Maeve Ingoldsby, musician and songwriter Sean Millar, dramatist and actor Pom Boyd, poet Tony Curtis, writer Larry O’Bryan, filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, artist Peter Young and most recently dance artist Cathy Coughlan. Collaborating with such talented artists, participants have produced 8 creative writing publications, 8 documentaries, 3 short films of fiction, 6 original theatre plays, a radio play for RTÉ, an opera featured in the 2012 Fringe Festival and several art exhibitions.

Public Presentations

The work produced in workshops is publicly presented each year to family, friends and the wider community. These include theatre productions, art exhibitions, film screenings and a book publication. The book publication serves as a catalogue for the year’s work, highlighting each participant’s achievements. As well as containing the group’s creative writing, it also contains images from workshops, the film shoot, artwork, theatre productions and outings throughout the year.

In 2011 RADE’s trilogy of short films were screened at the Cork Film Festival. RADE’s short film Hard Day was selected for competition at the Belfast, Clones and Charlie Chaplin Film Festival. In 2012 the opera The Last Ten Years was nominated for two Dublin Fringe Festival awards and received 4 stars in the Irish Times theatre review. In 2013 the new, acclaimed, musical play A Hundred Years Ago, telling the story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, was praised by Minister Joan Burton in the Dáil: “I attended a fantastic production of A Hundred Years Ago in Liberty Hall by RADE. It was up to Abbey Theatre standards.”

The participants’ 2014 dance film production Source will feature in the Tiger Fringe Festival from 16th to 19th September 2014 in South Studios, Dublin 8.

Rehab and Training

RADE  has a dedicated and professional Rehab and Training team. This team oversees services directly aimed at supporting participant’s progression, with particular regard to reducing drug use, gaining stability and in the identification and development of both individual and group training plans. An in-house counselling service is also available to programme participants. The Rehab Team comprises of:

Michael Egan, director
Averyl Swords, rehab and training co-ordinator
Denise Bennett, support worker
Cathal Ó Gradaigh, support worker
Terry Jones, support worker
Tom O’Connor, counsellor and psychotherapist
Hannah Kelleher, final year student in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Pat Kennedy, counsellor and psychotherapist

TRAINING

RADE provide group training to all participants in the creative arts to include: film/creative writing/drama/visual arts and music. The RADE Rehab team work with participants on an individual basis to look at gaps between their current levels of education/training and work experience and their desired outcomes. All participants are supported to identify training options and accredited training is then organised for them. It is the aim of the programme to place all participants on training/work experience with each having their own individualised training plan. Training identification/plans/reviews are in line with ILP criteria as required by DSP.

To date participants have been enrolled in training to include:

The Performing Arts
FETAC Accredited Visual Arts
FETAC Accredited Special Needs Assistant
Business in the Community placements
FETAC Accredited Community Addiction Studies
FETAC Accredited Social Studies
Accredited Health and Safety
Accredited Manual Handling
Accredited Communications and IT to include film editing and PC Repair
FETAC Accredited Film Production
Accredited Safe Pass training
Accredited Telescopic Handler training
Accredited Alarm Installation
Accredited Water Meter Installation
Accredited Septic Tank Installation
HACCP Food Hygiene
Junior Certificate English
FETAC Accredited Maths
Employment Preparation Courses
Accredited Manual and Computerised Accounts and Payroll
Scriptwriting
Car Maintenance

Awards

2014 – Nominated for Best Ensemble and First Fortnight Award at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival for ‘Source’
2013 – Highly commended by AONTAS for outstanding contribution to adult education
2012 – Nominated Spirit of the Fringe Award and Best Off-Site Production at the Dublin Fringe Festival for ‘The Last Ten Years’
2011 – Highly commended by AONTAS for our outstanding contribution to adult education
2010 – Winner of Dublin City Council’s Pride of Place Awards for city neighbourhoods
2010 – Winner of Star Award for our outstanding contribution to adult education by AONTAS
2010 – ‘Hard Day’ selected for competition at the Belfast, Clones and Charlie Chaplin Film Festival
2009 – Winner of Star Award for our outstanding contribution to adult education by AONTAS
2009 – Awarded an Irish Times Living Award