Ballyfermot Advance Project

The Ballyfermot Advance Project aims to provide support to those with Drug and Alcohol addiction problems and their families. We are a community based project helping people who are Drug and Alcohol users and those affected by Drug and Alcohol use. You can self-refer and we work closely with other, local support agencies.  Our support services can also be accessed confidentially via our drop-in centre.  Please read our full list of Services and Contact Us if you have any queries.

Our Team

Our team are dedicated to helping you receive the priority support that you need. All of the staff at BAP are trained and certified in evidence based practices. This means that we are working with you using the approaches which have been most scrutinised and trialled in the addiction field and which have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping people overcome addictive behaviour. It also means that all of the staff have undergone rigorous training and supervision and their work is supervised closely within the team.

  • Elaine Kerin

    Assertive Outreach Worker Elaine joined Advance in January 2022 as an Addiction Support Worker and has recently taken up the position of Assertive Outreach Worker with the service. Elaine has completed Level 7 Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol Work and has completed training in Auricular Acupuncture, Motivational Interviewing, SAOR, STORM and Naloxone training, Key working and Care Planning and Needle and Syringe Exchange provision. Elaine uses a client-centred approach with all service users and

  • John Devoy

    Out of Hours Outreach Worker John provides our Out of Hours Outreach Service four times a week. He promotes engagement with those who may not wish to attend the day service and offers support and advice around harm reduction. John has been a strong advocate for recovery orientated services and provides wellbeing groups in Thai Chi and art using drawing, painting and murals. He is also trained in the Community Reinforcement Approach, and works from

  • Lisa Borza

    Lisa Borza Addiction Practitioner Lisa has over five years’ experience of working in social care settings namely alcohol and drugs treatment/rehabilitation services. Lisa has recently completed her Level 7 Diploma in Community Drug and Alcohol work from Urrus/UCD. Lisa is currently working towards CRA accreditation and just completed Auricular Acupuncture training. Lisa believes in supporting people to lead a fulfilling and productive life using evidence-based practices.

  • Elaine O’Donnell

    Addiction Practitioner Elaine has been with Ballyfermot Advance Project since 2018 as an Addiction Practitioner. Elaine holds a Hons Degree in Applied Social Studies and is working towards completing a MA in Psychotherapy. She has over ten years’ experience of working within the drug and alcohol field. In the role of addiction practitioner Elaine works with clients to complete assessments and developing care plans, advocating on their behalf to assist in progressing in their treatment.

  • Chantel Herbert

    Addiction Practitioner Family Support Worker Chantel has worked in Ballyfermot Advance Project since 2008. Chantel received her Level 7 in Addiction Studies from Maynooth University in 2019. She is also a trained Family Support 5 Step Practitioner and utilises interventions such as the Community Reinforcement Approach, the Resonance Factor, Motivational Interviewing and Auricular Acupuncture. Chantel is passionate about assisting individuals in realizing their full potential and works with service users through a trauma informed lens

  • Niamh Clancy

    Team Leader Niamh has worked in addiction treatment services for almost 20 years. Her experience has covered a wide variety of different community and voluntary sector services. Over the years, Niamh has worked with young people and adults from all walks of life to provide support and explore ways to manage challenging addictive behaviours. Niamh believes there are many different paths to recovery and it’s about finding out what works best for the individual. In

  • Lisa Kennedy

    Lisa Kennedy Administrator

  • Mick Mason

    Mick Mason Manager Mick has worked in the Community and Voluntary sector for many years, starting out in the Youth Work sector in the early days of the Garda Juvenile Diversion Projects where he co-ordinated a project for several years. Having moved to the Addiction services Mick managed one of the first Traveller Specific Drug Projects in Ireland, the DAISH project, which was to the forefront in collaboration with other Traveller organisation in developing Traveller