Newbridge drugs centre wins top national award

'Sterling work'

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Newbridge drugs centre wins top national award

Judging panel member, Eugene Conlon; KWWCAS Team Leader, Niamh Tormey; Manager, Tommy Gilson; Chairperson, Paddy Kennedy and MC Marty Whelan.

A Newbridge drugs treatment centre, which was in danger of closing three years ago, has been honoured with a top national award.

The Irish Healthcare Centre Award winners were announced at a black tie awards ceremony at the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire on Friday March 11.

The Kildare West Wicklow Community Addiction Services (KWWCAS), located at Aras, Main Street, won the Specialist Care Centre of the Year Award 2016.

“The KWWCAS is a community-based treatment and rehabilitation service for individuals and families affected by substance use problems,” explained board chairman, Cllr Paddy Kennedy.

Hundreds of people from the world of Irish healthcare attended the ceremony, which boasted Marty Whelan as MC.

After dinner, the winners were invited on stage to tell their story.

“The night was a rollercoaster of many very moving stories of the work done by healthcare professionals and most agreed the awards won would give their team a little extra spring in their step,” added Kennedy.

The KWWCAS were represented by Cllr Kennedy; Tommy Gilson, Manager, and Niamh Tormey, Team Leader.

The chairperson received the award on behalf of the KWWCAS, and spoke about his happiness on receiving this honour on behalf of a fantastic organisation, and more importantly, on behalf of the service users of the KWWCAS.

Tommy Gilson expressed his thanks to the HSE and the South Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force as funders of the KWWCAS.

“This is a fantastic achievement as it is the first time the organisation entered into this prestigious event.

“This award also builds upon the Community and Voluntary Award that the KWWCAS received from the Newbridge Town Council in 2013,” he said.

The KWWCAS, trading as Abbey Regional Addiction Services, would like to dedicate this award to all those individuals and families who are affected by substance use problems, and thank those service users of the KWWCAS who participated in the application process.