ABOUT PALLS

WHO ARE WE

PALLS  is a project, based within an education and training centre, which provides individual support for purposeful change for people involved with the Probation Service and the criminal justice system.

PALLS PROVIDES A SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE SPACE FOR PARTICIPANTS TO:

  • Think about their circumstances and to come to decisions about their personal future direction.
  • Learn a range of skills that strengthen participants’ self-development and prospects for positive personal progression.
  • Participate in a community where they can learn, engage in team activities and share responsibility for their own outcomes
  • Establish the connections and access pathways they need to pursue plans for a future without crime.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2009, THE APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS REFERRED TO PALLS:

531

The project works primarily with men over the age of 23 who are clients of the Probation Service, however PALLS also supports women in addiction through the Helping Women Recover Programme (HWR), men and women on temporary release from Limerick Prison through the Community Support Scheme (CSS) and male and female prisoners through the PALLS Art Therapy Programme.

THE PALLS TRAINING CENTRE

The PALLS centre on the Dock Road in Limerick City has a fully equipped woodwork workshop and metalwork workshop, three dedicated training spaces, a counselling room and large kitchen/canteen (also used for cooking classes) and ample office space for project workers, administration and management. The centre is ideally suited to provide a city centre location that is easily accessible from all parts of the city yet independent of any particular community or faction and within walking distance of Limerick Prison and the Probations Service offices.

While a relatively small project PALLS maximises its impact and provides an extensive range of supports and services to its clients by working in partnership with a wide range of external agencies including the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum, The ETB, Limerick Regeneration, The Local Authority, The Department of Social Protection, The HSE, Limerick Enterprise and Development Park, The Linkage Program, the Football Association of Ireland, PAUL Partnership, the University of Limerick, LIT, representatives from the local business community and various community and voluntary services across the city.