Tallaght Drugs & Alcohol Task Force: Invitation to Tender

Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force and South Dublin County Partnership

Invitation to Tender

To conduct a review of the landscape of substance misuse (& related issues) against a backdrop of available demographics, with a particular focus of the impact of crack cocaine & poly drug use, on the communities of Tallaght Drugs & Alcohol Task Force.

Tallaght Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) is seeking the support of a qualified individual or organisation to undertake and complete a report examining the following:

  • The culture[1] of substance misuse, including the various complex issues presenting as a result and how this has changed over time, in recent years.
  • The impact of crack cocaine and poly drug use on individuals, families and communities, notwithstanding the delivery of relevant services and supports.
  • The demographic landscape and growth of the TDATF area (Tallaght & Whitechurch) with a focus on population changes & deprivation
  • The allocation of resources to TDATF, to tackle drug & alcohol problems in Tallaght and Whitechurch, reflecting sustainability of frontline community drug services & Task Force budgets, versus the national drugs budget.
  • The allocation of Garda resources within the TDATF area dedicated to addressing the drugs problem in TDATF communities.


Tallaght Drug & Alcohol Task Force is at the forefront of an integrated response to the impact of substance misuse on local communities, families and individuals in the Tallaght and Whitechurch area. TDATF was one of 14 Local Drugs Task Forces set up in 1997 to facilitate a more effective response to the issue of problematic drug use in communities. The role of Local Drugs Task Forces as set out in the Governments current National Drugs Strategy (currently Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025) is to implement the National Drugs Strategy in the context of the needs of the local area and strengthen community-based responses in partnership with the community, voluntary, statutory and political sectors.

Tender Brief:

The culture of substance misuse within communities’ changes over time and with that, responses may need to be reprioritised or altered and funded appropriately. The communities of TDATF have seen significant changes in recent years with regard to drug & alcohol misuse as well as population changes. TDATF have recognised for some years now, the poly drug using culture within its communities of Tallaght and Whitechurch. In recent years, we have seen a steady rise in crack cocaine use in communities, which we know creates huge challenges for service users, families, children and the wider community. These trends are confirmed by the communities and addiction services we work with as well as relevant data sources. Responses to poly drug use and the related issues it presents are complex and multifaceted. TDATF feels it is timely and necessary to research, define and reflect on these changes and the responses required, with a view to informing the formation of the TDATF strategy 2022+

It is envisaged that this work will involve:

  • Brief Literature review: TDATF annual reports, strategic plans, reviews & any other relevant documents
  • Consultation with key stakeholders, including but not limited to task force members, frontline community drug workers, community representatives.
  • Analysis of relevant data including but not limited to census & drug treatment statistics. The report should allow for 2021 CSO data to be easily incorporated, once available.
  • Assess the up-to-date social indices of the TDATF area.
  • Analysis of the allocation of resources per capita to the TDATF area compared to other areas.
  • Assess Garda staffing in Tallaght / Whitechurch division compared to other divisions in Dublin.
  • Make practical and achievable recommendations in relation to report findings.


We are seeking a qualified individual or organisation, capable of demonstrating competence and experience in the following:

  • Proven experience on similar projects
  • Experience of producing high quality research for community or non-profit sectors.
  • Experience in mapping and needs analysis will be beneficial.
  • Experience in managing complex multi stakeholder projects.
  • Delivering on projects within an agreed timeframe
  • Knowledge of the work / history of Local Drug & Alcohol Task Forces, a distinct advantage


We envisage that the final report will be completed by the end of September 2021, with a view to having recommendations available to feed into budget 2022.

We are open to having conversations with interested parties as to how such a timeframe can be meaningfully structured, maximising the resources and time over the duration of the project.


The person / or organisation will report to the TDATF Coordinator.


Tenders are requested from appropriately qualified and experienced individuals or organisations and should include all of the following:

  • Details of qualifications and experience of all workers involved in project.
  • Details of previous work undertaken including relevant experience and knowledge.
  • Proposed process to meet the key objectives. This would include a breakdown of days committed to project with clear description of milestones with proposed dates including cost per day & per consultant.
  • Details of two referees
  • Details of any current or recent piece of work of a similar project.
  • Any other relevant information in support of proposal.
  • Tax Clearance
  • Indemnified Insurance


The decision to award this contract will be based on submissions received from those who fulfil the criteria under the headings above for ‘Candidate Specification’ and elements of ‘Submissions’.

Any potential conflict of interest and/or loyalty must be clearly stated in the submission.

A review group of TDATF will be responsible for the selection of the appropriate person for this task. This may include an interview and a presentation if deemed necessary for the selection of the best candidate. They will look closely at:

  • The candidate or organisation that best meets the candidate specification.
  • Overall quality and feasibility of the proposal.
  • Cost and value for money.
  • Skill, expertise and experience of the consultant.
  • Ability to work within the required timeframe.


We are asking respondents to issue a quote, based on a cost of completing this work by end of September 2021.
The budget available for this project does not exceed €10,000.
Tenders should be priced inclusive of all service charges and VAT.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday May 17th, 2021
Applications by e-mail can be sent to: grace.hill@sdcpartnership.ie

For any queries please contact:

Grace Hill, Coordinator
c/o South Dublin County Partnership
Block 3, County Hall
Belgard Square North
Tallaght, D/24
Ph. 01 464 9303 / 087 239 5581
Email: grace.hill@sdcpartnership.ie

Web: http://www.tallaghtdatf.ie/
f: https://www.facebook.com/tallaghtdrugandalcoholtaskforce

[1] The scope of which will be defined by qualitative and quantitative data including but not limited to trends of substances being used, how / where people use & users: age ranges, sex, ethnicity etc.  Also, who else is impacted or influenced, for example young people, children & the wider community

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
27th Apr, 2021
Expiry Date
17th May, 2021