South East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force: Invitation to Tender


SERDATF Call for Tenders.

SERDATF invites submissions from suitably qualified and experienced practitioners to determine the feasibility/scalability of Better Together an online co-produced Recovery Community in the South East Region.

Background & Context

The SERDATF /HSE and Persons with Lived Experience have been providing online supports 7 days per week and face to face social gatherings since the beginning of the Pandemic. We are now interested in developing this service by undertaking a feasibility study. The feasibility study will include reviewing potential ideas, undertaking market research for the proposed products/ services, an organisational analysis, avenues of funding and the completion of a report.

Key Elements of the Feasibility Study

  1. Establish the type of work Better Together will carry out i.e. Identify a viable business option and scalability
  2. Propose a recommend management & governance structure for the social enterprise.
  3. Outline the steps required to set up Better Together as a support service.
  4. Devise a comprehensive proposed budget to include:
    • Identification of potential annual revenue for Better Together.
    • Estimated annual expenditure, for example wages, payroll, overheads, insurance etc.
    • Estimated start-up costs and resources including staffing, premises etc.
  5. Identify and link with potential partners such as City Council, Local Enterprise Office, HSE, Probation, private sector etc.
  6. Identify how Better Together will link with local and national strategies and economic plans such as the National Drug Strategy.
  7. Identify potential sources of income for Better Together such as grants available and the timeline for same.
  8. Identify potential barriers to implementation and solutions for same.


The successful tender for the project will complete a comprehensive feasibility study and time scaled action plan. The feasibility study will determine the potential for Better Together as a scalable enterprise in the South East.
The report will address all the key elements as outlined above.
The report will also include an implementation plan and a set of actions for the start up.


  • Sept /Oct 2022 Tender and recruit.
  • Nov 2022 Agree contract, terms of reference and establish key stakeholders from each organisation.
  • Dec/22 Jan 23Feasibility Study will be conducted.
  • Feb/Mar 2023 - Feasibility study and key actions will be presented to SERDATF /Better Together.


The applicant is required to demonstrate in their application:

  1. Details of your organisation and details of the proposed project team.
  2. Knowledge and experience of similar work as well as relevant experience in conducting a feasibility of this scale in the field of Social Enterprise/Service Development .
  3. Evidence of evaluation and report writing.
  4. Overall approach to the work and methodologies that will be used.
  5. Detailed costings/ quotes for the work to be undertaken to include VAT.
  6. Timeframe for the completion of tasks.
  7. Details of two referees.
  8. Applicants should outline how they propose to comply with research ethics.
  9. Applicants should include tax clearance and insurance detail.

Criteria that will be used in the evaluation of tenders:

  • Proven track record in delivery of similar projects.
  • Cost.
  • Quality of proposal.

Ownership of documents: All documents produced for this feasibility study will be considered the property of SERDATF.

Closing date for submissions is:

Please email your submission to Jim O Dwyer @

Closing date for submissions: October 7th at 5pm.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Sep, 2022
South East
Expiry Date
7th Oct, 2022