Kildare Youth Services: HALO Project Worker


(Under 18’s Substance Misuse Treatment Response Programme)

HALO Project Worker – Part-Time (3 day week)

The HALO Project is a free, confidential service supporting young people who want help with their substance use, either to stop taking drugs/alcohol, to reduce substance use, or to learn about the effects of substance misuse. The HALO project, funded by the SWRDATF and managed by KYS, works with young people and their families across Co. Kildare & West Wicklow. The post will be based in Naas & Athy.

The South Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (SWRDATF) is a co-ordinating body whose function is to research, develop, and implement a coordinated, regionally-appropriate response to substance misuse. The taskforce works with the communities of South and West Dublin, West Wicklow and Kildare, to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs.

Kildare Youth Services (KYS) supports young people, children and families in Co. Kildare & West Wicklow to enable them to live a full and active life within their communities and society.

To be shortlisted for interview the successful candidate must have:

  • A minimum of two years previous experience of working with adolescents and families in a therapeutic context.
  • Significant experience of working with adolescents in relation to their problematic substance use.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Have a full clean driving license and own transport.

A recognised qualification in Counselling & Psychotherapy/Psychology/Family Therapy, with I.A.C.P. / I.A.H.I.P / P.S.I. or equivalent accreditation would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be employed by Kildare Youth Services (KYS) on a 12 month fixed-term contract, including a 6 month probationary period.

Closing date for applications is 1pm on Thursday 28th February 2019. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for Thursday 14th March 2019. If shortlisted for interview you will be notified by email at least 1 week in advance.

For job description, person specification and application form contact The HALO Project at:  or on: 045 872500

Applications by KYS electronic application form only (including details of three referees) to: Tommy Hunt, Halo Coordinator, Kildare Youth Services at:


Naas & Athy

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