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The STEPS programme

Whomever may be interested- please contact The Loft for more info.  0857672169  or 018384377


The STEPS programme is a twenty four hour programme, which take place over eight three hour sessions, which assists participants to recognise and reach their potential through a series of workshops covering:
  • how our beliefs, attitudes, habits and expectations affect our performance
  • decision making processes
  • controlling self- talk
  • motivation
  • visualisation
  • goal-setting
  • affirmation writing


The programme will be delivered in The Loft, Dowth Avenue, Cabra Dublin 7 from 30th September, one morning per week over eight weeks from 9.30am to 12.45pm.

To register your interest in the next programmes, please contact

The Loft at / 0857672169  or 018384377


The launch of our Strategic Plan 2019-21

Thanks to all who attended the recent launch of our Strategic Plan 2019-21. Special thank you to our guest speakers and and partners and of course the community of Cabra .


CRA-FT New Programme Starting February

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)

It is an evidence based programme and provides families with a hopeful, positive and effective approach to address substance mis-use. You will learn how to identify practical ways to help your loved one to address their resistance to change and support their loved one to seek help, while also improving the quality of your own life.

When a loved one is abusing substances and refusing to get help, CRAFT is designed to help families learn practical and effective ways to accomplish these three goals:

  1. Move their loved one toward treatment,
  2. Reduce their loved one’s alcohol and drug use, and
  3. Simultaneously improve their own lives.

Often when addiction is present within the family, communication breaks down and relationships can suffer. Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a skills based programme that teaches family members how to relate more effectively with their loved one while avoiding confrontation or detachment.  It also helps family members meet their loved one where they are at in their drug use, rather than the place they want them to be.

You will learn to;

  • Employ effective positive communication skills.
  • Identify and use positive rewards.
  • Develop a road map for understanding your loved one’s substance use and pattern.
  • Recognising substance use.
  • Take domestic violence precautions.
  • Allow for the “natural consequences” of use.
  • Practice self-care without detachment.
  • Support a loved one to seek help.

Reasons for Working with Family Members

  • People mis-using substances often report that family pressure prompted them to seek help.
  • Family Members can influence a loved one’s behaviour due to regular contact.
  • Family Members need support (financial problems, stress and marital conflict etc.).

This programme will start early February 2019, Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm-8.30pm for 10 weeks. It will take place at the Loft, 67 Dowth Avenue, Cabra, Dublin 7.  Date to be confirmed.

If you are interested in participating in this programme, or would like more information contact Marian directly on M: 085 194 4022 or you can call/Whatsapp the Loft  M:0857672169.


Aftercare Group take part in the Recovery Walk 2018.

Sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Aftercare group participants who took part in representing The Loft community project in the national Recovery Walk on Sep 15 2018.

The Recovery walk was incorporated as part of our Aftercare service activity programme.

The activity programme facilitates social inclusion, interactivity and development of interpersonal skills, self belief and confidence in social events and activities.

Great pride was displayed by the Aftercare  participants in the creation of the banner to celebrate Recovery.

We would like to thank the organisers of the Recovery Walk 2018 and congratulate them on another successful Walk .



The event is to celebrate the achievements of people in recovery from addiction and to show that recovery works! September is International Recovery Month when tens of thousands of people around the world take part in recovery walks and other events to show that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery from addiction is a reality in millions of people’s lives.

The event is to celebrate the achievements of people in recovery from addiction and to show that recovery works! September is International Recovery Month when tens of thousands of people around the world take part in recovery walks and other events to show that prevention works, treatment is effective, and recovery from addiction is a reality in millions of people’s lives.


Over the past couple of years the number of people that attended the Recovery Walk Ireland and family day- has been astonishing. It’s a day not to be missed!

Date: Saturday 15th September 2018

Route and times:

11:00 Meeting in Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square

12:00 Walk begins and moves down O’Connell Street

12.45 Arrives in the Irish Recovery Village, Merrion Square

13:00 Speeches, music and family fun

Everyone is welcome, bring banners, drums, whistles and make some noise!



Early Evening Stroll Along The Beach With The Aftercare Group

We thought we would make the most of the fantastic weather we’re having at the moment. Out and about on Dollymount beach followed by fish & chips- what’s an evening on the beach without fish & chips 🙂


Group Support

We are delighted to announce the completion of a very successful 10 week Peer Support group. The group were supported in assessing their own self care habits and encouraged to focus on one aspect to improve on. Participants set goals, reviewed their progress, explored obstacles and made necessary changes to assist them in achieving their goals. To support their progress, the group attended a Buddhist Retreat Centre for a day and a half; Participants also attended a mindfulness practice session with a highly qualified mindfulness teacher. In addition the group took time out for a social outing with lunch in the sun.

If you would like the opportunity to take part in an upcoming group or current group; please feel free to contact us for further information.


“I know it’s up to me alone to provide the self care I need- E.g  take time to meditate on a daily basis, take care of my physical health and to JUST have fun for me”


“I learned the 10 weeks programme was about me and to use the tools I’ve learned to help me cope in difficult issues in my life. I’ve learned ways of coping with my anxiety and not to be afraid to ask for help”


“In the last 10 weeks of learning and listening to others and starting to cope better in my life. Meeting and being around amazing women. Having  a trained facilitator and psychotherapist teach and nurture us all so well in the past 10 weeks. I really enjoyed it so much”


“It is not selfish for ME time. I thank the group for so much- I think a lot more and not just react, I understand my feelings and anxiety much more now”


“Every Wednesday going to the group has been a highlight I’ve learned so much from the group- I’m so thankful to be a part of it. I’ve met great people”


“I am more aware when I am not feeling ok or just a little off, I can then step back and asses my feelings. Meeting the group as a whole as well as the Facilitator- I have been giving a very rear and broad insight into how we are all so different but yet can connect on some kind of special level”


“With so many highlights- so hard to choose, the trip to the Buddhist Retreat was definitely a highlight for me also an asset”

“I take more time to myself now. I am much calmer when it comes to dispute in my family- I don’t get so emotional”




Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme.

The Loft is delighted to offer the first Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme to the members of the Cabra Community and catchment area. This programme started Tuesday morning, 4th September and will run for 8 weeks. The programme is well attended by both new and existing service users and after only two weeks in, participants are feeling the benefits.

Due to the high interest in the programme The Loft is hoping to follow on with another programme in the near future. Contact us for more information or to register your interest in upcoming programmes: tel/text: 085 767 2169 or email:



Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 Week Programme

Do you…feel you can’t cope? Lose your temper?

Does…your heart race, your face sweat, your stomach churn?

These are just some of the ways stress and anxiety can make us feel.

Would you like to cope and feel better to help manage the daily challenges of life?  Mindfulness teaches us how. Mindfulness is about managing our breath, learning how to be still by meditating, learning how to tune into our bodies by noticing and through awareness.

When: Tuesday mornings

Where: Ground Floor Space, The Loft.

Duration: each class is two hours with a short tea break

Cost: Free. Your investment to the programme is two hours per week for 8 weeks with some home practice.

How:Contact us for more information or to register your interest in upcoming programmes:

tel/text: 085 767 2169 or email:

The Loft is a Community Based Project and is delighted to offer this service to the members of the Cabra Community and catchment area.


Dublin Bus Community Spirit Awards.

We are proud winners of Dublin Bus Community Spirit Award funding.


European Neighbour’s Day 19th May 2017.

The European Neighbours Day  held on Friday 19th May. To mark the occasion TheLOFT
staff in conjunction with local businesses, services and groups  came together for a
community event.

The event took place outside the Cabra Road Shops from 12 – 2pm.

This year the theme is Cabra Out & About.

With all the  music, refreshments, and community stands giving information on what’s happening in the area and how to get involved in local activities and clubs.


CBT and Mindfulness programme 2017

The  objective of this group experience was to introduce the practice and use of Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness into the participants daily life. Here are some of  the Outcome that was achieved by our group members;

’ I have started to realise to take one day at a time, to try to stay in the moment, not over think. I am working through things better’’. Anna, 36


‘’I am learning to breathe and take my time…I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’m not alone.  I’m not being so hard on myself and I’m going to be OK’’. Mary, 42


‘’When dealing with situations that makes me uncomfortable, I can step back and ask myself why and try to work out how to handle things better’’. Joan, 33


‘’I am able to bring myself back to a more peaceful place’’. Jennifer, 29


‘’I can see changes in my reaction to situations/challenges. My thinking is much clearer and I’m less likely to jump straight in with my reaction to things.   I feel more challenged in the way I think and behave. I have a better understanding of the family situation I face (addiction) and am more equipped to understand and deal with it’’. Sheila 55, Mother of four.

‘’It has helped me to get a greater understanding of how I think and behave in situations. Loved every minute of it’’. Leanne,37



Aftercare group retreat to Jamba Ling.

Jampa Ling is a meditation and retreat centre situated on a beautiful nineteenth century estate in County Cavan, Ireland. Jampa Ling was established in 1990, The Centre is located on thirteen acres of land which include a mature birch forest and views of the spectacular Cuilcagh Mountains.