Bernadette McHugh (Services Manager)
Over the years I have worked in the fields of health, education and community development in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
I have a broad range of training including General Nurse Training, BSc Hons in Health Studies, Level 5 Diploma in Management, Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Cognitive Behaviour Approaches and a range of other courses relevant to my position.
I am a mum of 4 adult children and in my spare time I will probably be found in my garden where I particularly enjoy growing vegetables.
I have worked with Breakthru since June 2008 as Receptionist/Admin Support Worker. I cover reception welcoming all visitors to our Centre. Our telephone switchboard can be extremely busy and I redirect all calls to the appropriate staff. I also coordinate the hire of rooms in the Breakthru Centre for Counsellors, meetings and conferences. I run the Building Community Pharmacy Project with our Manager Bernie McHugh.
Previously I have worked with Dungannon Development Association for many years as a Finance Assistant and ran the Community Transport Service.
Outside of work I enjoy Sport, Yoga and reading.
As Administration/Finance Manager I have 30 years of financial administration experience, 26 of those with Dungannon Development Assoc.
I have responsibility for all financial aspects of the company and for reporting to a range of funders including Big Lottery, DSD (Neighbourhood Renewal), SH&SCT, Community Development & Health Network and local Council.
The GEMS programme is a 10 week course aim at educating, motivating, and supporting people who are struggling with addiction- whether it is alcohol, drugs or gambling. We try to make the course as positive an experience as we can; it is about looking forward and finding a better future rather than dwelling in the past. The course offers positive and practical advice about bringing changes into your life and how to find the motivation to continue building on that change.
The groups are inter-active which I think is important. All who attend have both something to offer the group as well as something to take from it. All have a voice, although we respect one another’s privacy and no-one is forced to speak if they feel unable to do so. Above all, we recognise the strength and courage it has taken to get to this point, and we want to find a way for you to continue your journey.
The groups are run by myself- Paul Robeson; a 59 year old psychotherapist with a lot of experience around addiction, mental health and trauma. I have been running groups and working as a counsellor for quite some years now although I always seem to be learning. My Gems programme is constantly evolving from the insights I gain from my clients over time and this shows in the relevance of the material I use.
Out of work, I’m pretty normal- I argue with my kids, try to avoid washing up and enjoy watching the cricket from the comfort of my arm-chair. I admit to having a passion for my work that makes it difficult to have very much down time, but when I do get the opportunity, I like to write and spend a lot of time tending my Bonsai trees- they really are a lot more interesting than you think.
The groups take place at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry on Wednesdays at 9:45am and 11.00am and at Breakthru, Dungannon on Thursdays at 2pm. Attendance is through referral from the Community Addiction team or if you have been referred to the Team by a GP and not been seen, you may still attend.
Rory McDonald (DICE)
I have been working for Breakthru for almost 8 years and have filled many roles in my time here. I am currently Project Worker for the DICE Project in Armagh and Dungannon areas where I provide 1 to 1 and group sessions to young people affected by parental substance misuse or ‘Hidden Harm’. I initially became involved in the Alcohol and Drugs field while in Glasgow studying for a degree in Outdoor Education and have continued to develop my qualifications and experience over the last 16 years. I am a lover of the outdoors and enjoy spending spare time with my young family and three Labradors!
Michaela O'Kane (DICE Project) Currently on Maternity Leave.
Eugene O'Goan (DICE Project)
Greetings from Omagh. I will be covering Michaela O’Kane’s maternity leave. I recently was employed by TIPSA, a drugs and alcohol support organisation based in Cookstown. I have been working with young people for over 35 years. I have been employed by organisations as diverse as the W.E.L.B., Community Games, South West College and Team Talk Gaelic games magazine. I enjoy loud rock music and a little bit of Americana when I’m in the mood. I will be working with the DICE Project offering support for young people 10-20 affected by parental alcohol and substance misuse.
Sean Murray (Neighbourhood Renewal)
I deliver the Neighbourhood Renewal programme in Dungannon and Coalisland which focuses on disadvantaged communities experiencing high levels of drug and alcohol misuse. The programmes we deliver are:
- Alcohol and Drug awareness work with groups of young people.
- Outreach and Detached work meeting young people on their own territory, seeking to build trust and understand their issues.
- 1–1 sessions using motivational interviewing techniques.
- Diversionary activities including arts and crafts, fishing trips, go-karting, cinema visits and residential summer camps.
For more information contact me on 0781 0000 297
Andy Barrett (Neighbourhood Renewal)
Andy joined the team in June 2016 and is the 15 hours per week detached outreach worker in the Omagh Neighbourhood Renewal Areas. These areas comprise O’Kane Park, Gallowshill/Johnston Park, Campsie, Strathroy and MACCA.
Andy will use creative means to carry out diversionary work and general awareness education. He also does group work with teenagers and parents.
His hobbies include gardening, chopping wood, keeping poultry, auctions and using his vintage tractor. An avid reader you might find his scouring the local charity shops. Also enjoys geneology and local history. Married with a grown-up family of three, Andy lives in his native Clogher Valley.
Andy’s latest initiative is an interactive programme aimed at providing support for Dads in the Campsie area.
Contact Andy on 077608 84887
Robin Walker (Youth Gambling Project)
Robin is currently running a youth gambling project to raise awareness amongst young people about the possible dangers of gambling and effects of gambling addiction. There is also support offered to anyone that feels that they have a problem and need help.
If you know of any groups that would be interested in a session then please contact Robin on 028 8775 3228.
Alastair Smyth (Grants and Communications Officer)
Peter Toal (Caretaker)