CityWide works in the following ways
1. Facilitating Networks
Citywide facilitates networks of community groups and activists to develop co-ordinated responses to issues affecting their communities and services. Current networks:
- Community Reps on the Local & Regional Drugs Task Forces
- Drug Rehab Special CE Projects (DRPs)
- Local Community Drug Projects
More information from the networks section of website
2. Responding to Issues
Citywide brings people together to look at both current and ongoing issues through organising information sessions, seminars, conferences, working groups etc. We respond to particular issues of concern as they arise for communities by carrying out research, campaigning and developing policy responses. An example of an ongoing issue is the criminalisation of people for using drugs; Citywide held a conference and a seminar on this issue, produced an information leaflet, made a submission to the Oireachtas Justice committee and continues to work with other groups to push for a change in policy. Examples of submissions in recent years include: The development of the National Drugs Strategy 2017, submission to the Oireachtas Committer on Justice, Defence and Equality on decriminalisation and a submission to the Justice committee on gangland crime.
3. Campaigning and Lobbying
It is essential that the drugs issue is kept on the political agenda to ensure that the necessary commitment and resources are made available to tackle community drug problems. It is part of Citywide's role to lobby and campaign on an ongoing basis and this is done in a number of ways
- through contact with Ministers, politicians, statutory agencies;
- representation on policy committees;
- special events such as marches, exhibitions, conferences
- ongoing contact with the media.
You can view current and past campaigns in the Campaigns section of our website.
4. Representing Communities
Citywide carries out a representative role on a number of networks, national committees and advisory bodies. We aim to represent the views and experiences of the community sector, based on information gathered through our networks. You can find more information about our representative role here.