Majella Darcy RPN, RGN, Dip Gerontology, MA Development Studies has managed homelessness and displaced population overseas and in Ireland from a service delivery, education and healthcare perspective and has over nine years’ service with Dublin Simon Community. Having worked with a number of non-profit organisations and statutory bodies including the HSE, Majella brought a wealth of experience to Dublin Simon Community.
Majella’s remit includes leading the teams that look after a residential low threshold Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Detoxification unit; a residential low threshold Recovery unit; Aftercare support post treatment; a Stabilisation/Respite unit for homeless clients living with HIV and other blood borne viruses. She also manages the addiction specific in-reach homeless action team; Sure Steps counselling service; shops and social enterprise; and client participation and development which encompasses health and wellbeing, literacy programmes, client involvement and action, and the arts. Overarching all these services is a robust clinical governance structure with the clinical lead reporting directly to Majella and the Audit Subcommittee of the Board. Majella’s more recent achievements include the change management process in Ushers Island which included the transfer of the HSE HIV Respite Unit to Dublin Simon Community from Cherry Orchard, the change from Rehab to Recovery and lowering the overall Ushers Island service threshold, and the development of a comprehensive counselling service that is tailored to the needs of homeless clients. She has developed the client involvement programme to include volunteering and employment opportunities for clients, and the “Speak Outs” which is run by clients and a vibrant client action group. Majella is currently involved in the Development of the Ushers Island Complex site and developing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the area of Treatment and Enterprise.