Description of the goods or services required
Ballyfermot Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force invite tenders for the following brief:
To conduct research on behalf of the BLDATF exploring the issues affecting older people in the community who are experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use.
The scope of the tender is as follows:
BLDATF are seeking the support of an individual or organisation to:
1.Research the needs of older drug and alcohol users in the community
2.To make recommendations with regard to the development and strengthening of appropriate supports in partnership with other key stakeholders.
The tender requirements are as follows:
•To develop a brief literature review setting out the national and international research into the particular challenges faced by older drug users and identifying current best practice responses both nationally and internationally.
•Desktop research to estimate the overall number of older persons in the Ballyfermot LDATF region experiencing problematic substance misuse.
•Consultation (to include one-to-one meetings and focus groups) with the local specialised substance misuse services with regard to the experience of working with older drug and alcohol users (services include the HSE Addiction Services, the BLDATF funded agencies and 2 other services connected with the BLDATF Treatment and Rehabilitation Subgroup JobPlan and Liberty Recycling).
•Consultation with other service providers in the community to establish the nature and extent of drug and alcohol use amongst older people in Ballyfermot.
•Consultation with community groups to establish the potential barriers to accessing support which older people experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use may encounter.
•To provide the BLDATF with an executive summary document for wider dissemination.
•Provide the Ballyfermot LDATF and TF funded agencies with a mid-term presentation of findings ahead of the development of the final recommendations.
•To development of robust recommendations for BLDATF next steps, key actions under 4 core headings: 1.The identification of key partners in the community (both NGO and statutory).
2.Recommendations for drug and alcohol specific services in how to support older drug users in services.
3.Recommendations for the wider support services for older people in how to identify and provide suitable support with regard to drug and alcohol use amongst the target population.
4.Recommendations on how to outreach to older people in the community who might be experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use but are not accessing appropriate services.
•Please note that service user consultation will be an expectation of this piece of work.
•To liaise with the BLDATF Coordinator re progress and barriers.