Targeted Responses at Youth, TRY, pilot project was established in March 2017 for a five-month trial period by the St Teresa’s Gardens (STG) Regeneration Board. TRY uses the Intensive Outreach and Bridging Model (IOB model). It involves outreach – connecting through relentless outreach with the target group where they gather, developing trust-based relationships, and gradually bridging the gap between them and the services and supports they need to take constructive life paths.
The Regeneration Board met with a former manager of Ballymun Regional Youth Resource, who has extensive experience of initiating and managing outreach based youth work programmes. The model of selecting outreach workers who can relate to those involved in the groups to build a trusting relationship with them, with a view to bridging them back to more constructive life choices, was attractive to the Board. In early 2017, Dublin City Council agreed to fund a pilot project.
A steering group was established under the Regeneration Board to oversee the project from inception. This comprises the Regeneration Coordinator, the Drug and Alcohol Team Co-ordinator, the former manager of BRYR, the Community Development Health Worker, a youth worker from the Dán Garda Youth Diversion Project and an External Advisor and Evaluator.
The project is now in its second phase and, with additional funding secured from Dublin City Council the workers are now employed for 16hrs per week. The project is based in the Drug and Alcohol Team.