Day Programme

There 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, from 10 am to 2 pm. 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, Script to Stage, 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 as well as dance artist Cathy Coughlan.

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 catalog 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.

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. In-House counselling service is also available to programme participants. The Rehab Team comprises:

  • Gill McCaw, Project Director
  • Karen Pierce, Rehab and Training Coordinator, C.E. Supervisor
  • Aida Rinkeviciene , C.E. Supervisor
  • Steve Ranney, HSE Project Worker
  • Rúaidhrí McAuliffe, HSE Project Worker
  • Jack Beglin, C.E. Support Worker
  • Thomas McCarthy, C.E. Support Worker
  • Dermot Byrne, C.E. Support Worker
  • Sharon Ennis, CE Support Worker
  • Brian Murtagh, Addiction Counsellor


RADE provide group training to all participants in the creative arts to include: film/creative writing/drama/visual arts and music. The RADE Rehab teamwork 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 organized for them. It is the aim of the programme to place all participants in training/work experience with each having their own individualized training plan. Training identification/plans/reviews are in line with ILP criteria as required by DSP.

To date participants have been enrolled in trainings such as:

  • Hair & Beauty Diploma
  • World Barista Association Certified- Licence to Work
  • Sign Language course for beginners
  • FETAC Accredited Personal Effectiveness
  • FETAC Accredited Communication
  • FETAC Accredited Computer Literacy
  • FETAC Accredited Internet Skills and Digital Media
  • FETAC Accredited Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production
  • 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
  • Hair and Beauty Diploma
  • Introductory First Aid
  • First Aid Responder
  • Community Addiction Studies


  • 2019 – Deirdre O’Kane Award for Best Irish short Film. JOINT AWARD: The Man in the Chair
    Nominated for Star Award 2019 for our outstanding contribution to adult education by AONTAS
  • 2018 – Highly Commended by Lord Mayor of Dublin for RADE’s contribution to history events in the community under Dublin City Council’s Decade of Commemorations Programme
    Finalist of  All Ireland “BUSINESS ALL STARS” at Croke Park
    – 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