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 specific addiction services locally but developing good practice for all addiction services nationally. He then moved to the community addiction services sector where he developed his strong belief in the principles of Harm Reduction and for importance of Service User involvement in all aspects of service delivery.
Since coming to Advance at the start of 2018 Mick has continued in conjunction with the Service Users, staff and the Board to develop the services offered to the Dublin 10 community on a needs identified bases with the support of the local Drugs Task Force and the HSE addiction services including the 5 Step Method Family Support service, Out Of Hours Outreach and Harm Reduction Programme all from a community development approach.
Mick has qualifications in Youth and Community work, Addiction Studies and Leadership and Management in Non-Profit sector with Maynooth University and The National College of Ireland.