Fesat European Foundation of Drug Helpines
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What is

  • is a network which currently joins together about 50 European drug helpline services
  • has a charter setting out the ethical principles to which all members of the Foundation adhere
  • has representatives from the Member States of the European Union on its Board ,who are experts in drug helpline work

Eramus+ partnership SKEPDAH is ready for take-off

We are happy to announce that the application of 8 of our members for a project funded by the Erasmus+ program has been succesful.
The project was named SKEPDAH - Skills and Knowledge Exchange Project for Drug and Alcohol Helplines. It officially started on January 1st and will end in August 2018.

As the project name suggests, SKEPDAH hopes to strengthen drug helpline staff in coping with some current challinging topics via the exchange of skills and knowledge. Therefor this project is complete in line with our FESAT aims such as: "To continue the organisation of an exchange of experience, ..." or "To improve the quality of the information, help and prevention service offered to the public...". 

How have we come to this Project?

Early 2015, we distributed a questionnaire in order to map the topics on which our members felt they needed further insights and training. This was followed up by a second more detailed survey in December 2015 from which three topics of interest emerged.
The result of these questionnaires lead to the idea for the SKEPDAH project. An application for Erasmus+ funding followed.
Late 2016 Léargus, the Irish National Agency for Erasmus+ informed us of its approval.

Not only Drug Helpline Partners

Eight Drug and Alcohol Helplines involved in FESAT will take part in SKEPDAH. They include Ireland (Drugs/HIV Helpline), Belgium (VAD, De DrugLijn), Bulgaria (ARZ Solidarnost/Fracarita Bulgaria, National Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling Helpline), Portugal (SICAD), Cyprus (PERSEAS ), Norway (RUStelefonen), The Netherlands (Trimbos Instituut), and Germany (Basis eV.). The nineth but no less important partner is The Training Exchange Ltd, UK – a company specialized in training and consultancy for mental health, social care and addiction services. 

What are the objectives of the Project?

The objectives of the SKEPDAH Project are directly related to the three topics of interest, which were identified by the FESAT surveys of 2015: 
  • Topic 1: Helpline skills for new workers; senior workers and burn-out prevention;
  • Topic 2: New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and the challenges for Helplines;
  • Topic 3: Drug and Alcohol Helplines and Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis.

The project funding will allow staff and team members from the nine partners to attend three Transnational Learning Exchange Meetings, with the specific aim of increasing their skills on these topics and facilitating knowledge exchange. 

In order to achieve a wide dessimination of the project results and a sustainable output beyond the patnership, the project will lead to a set of curriculae for training of drug and alcohol helpline teams on each of the three topics. These curriculae for continued vocational education and training will be made available free of use via our website. 

More on Erasmus+

This project will be made possible by Erasmus+, the EU program for education, training, youth and sport. SKEPDAH project is a so-called Strategic partnership under Key Action 2 (KA2) of Erasmus+ which focusses on innovation and good practices.
Strategic partnerships are transnational projects designed to develop and share innovative practices and promote cooperation, peer learning, and exchanges of experiences in the fields of education, training, and youth. By doing so they strengthening cooperation and networking between organisations which is completely in line with the main aims FESAT itself tries to achieve.
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