Turas was founded in 2005 by Marian Sloane and Nora Donaghy. Marian and Nora were both studying to be psychotherapists in Belfast and would travel up and down together. It was on these journeys that they discussed the lack of supports for people with an addiction in Dundalk and decided to take action.
Both had previous experience working in addiction in Northern Ireland and saw the need for a community based addiction service in Dundalk. Nora and Marian set up Turas (the Irish for “journey”) to meet this need and in the last 15 years it has taken its own journey of endurance, persistence and change.
From the early days, the programme was about accepting people, supporting them and helping them to explore their potential, and these core values remain the same today.
We now employ 16 people and offer 8 programmes to more than 250 people each year. But greater than Turas is the journey of the clients – the people using our service for help and support.
Addiction is a long and winding road for many people with relapse and set-backs normal. Turas’ vision, mission and values ensure we have never closed the door on anyone, no matter how many times they relapsed or came back for help.
We pride ourselves now on offering a range of unique and exceptional services including our community alcohol detox, men’s and women’s SMART recovery groups. Most of all we are delighted to offer people a warm, supportive and non-judgemental space where they can feel accepted and cared for enough to look at the root of their addiction.
Turas strives to have the highest possible governance standards and are working towards implementing the Good Governance Code for charities. We aim to at all times be transparent and accountable with our use of public funds and have robust financial reporting systems as well as a full suite of clinical and operational policies to run a professional service. (Maybe add that you are a registered charity here and provide charity reg number?)
Our board of management
Peter McKevitt- Chairperson
Michael O’ Mhurchu – Treasurer
Nicholas McShane – Director
Emma McCaffrey – Director
Nicki Jordan –Manager
I have had the privilege of managing Turas since January 2018. After completing a business degree I undertook a Masters in Ethnic and Racial Studies which steered me towards the not-for-profit sector. For the last 16 years I have since managed projects across homelessness, addiction and bereavement. I am passionate about influencing social change and empowering people to have the confidence to advocate for their own rights.
When not at work I love sea swimming, organic gardening and socialising!
Alan Duff- Clinical Manager
Patricia Kelly – CAD Nurse practitioner
Maureen Zeltner – Administrator
Lee O’Neill – Project Worker
Frank Fitzpatrick – Project Worker
Liam Donnelly – Group Facilitator
Caroline Macken – Counsellor
Deirdre Murphy – Counsellor
Ann Marron – Empowering Women in Sobriety Facilitator