The South East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (SERDATF) is one of ten Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces which was established nationally in 2003, as a key recommendation within the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008. SERDATF is funded by the Department of Health, and covers the catchment area of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
The role of each Task Force is to research, develop, implement, and monitor a co-ordinated response to illicit drug and alcohol use at a regional level. The SERDATF has been given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug and alcohol related issues. Its membership reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that complement existing or planned drug and alcohol programmes and services in the south east region.
SERDATF currently fund eight projects that provide evidence based, safe, effective supports and interventions to those with drug and alcohol issues.
Membership of the SERDATF reflects a five county interagency collaboration that includes representation from the Community Sector, Voluntary Sector, Statutory Agencies and Communities of Interest, families and people who are experts by experience. The membership reflects the necessity of a shared perspective approach where each stakeholder offers their distinctive contribution and perspective.
How We Work
The SERDATF is committed to the principles and practices of Co-Production to achieve its aims and objectives.
What Is Co-Production?
Co-production is where people with lived experience and people, who work in the field, work together to plan, develop and implement responses in equal partnership. It can be defined as “a meeting of minds coming together to find shared solutions”. It is also about people working together so that we move away from “doing to” people to an approach that is “doing with”.
The SERDATF recognises that in order to achieve its aims and objectives it needs the equal partnership and participation of every ‘expert’; be that ‘experts by experience’ or experts with professional, clinical or technical expertise.