Bernadette McHugh (Services Manager)

Over the years I have worked in the fields of health, education and community development in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.

I have a broad range of training including General Nurse Training, BSc Hons in Health Studies, Level 5 Diploma in Management, Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Cognitive Behaviour Approaches and a range of other courses relevant to my position.

I am a mum of 4 adult children and in my spare time I will probably be found in my garden where I particularly enjoy growing vegetables.



Brenda Nugent 

I have worked with Breakthru since June 2008 as Receptionist/Admin Support Worker.  I cover reception welcoming all visitors to our Centre.  Our telephone switchboard can be extremely busy and I redirect all calls to the appropriate staff.  I also coordinate the hire of rooms in the Breakthru Centre for Counsellors, meetings and conferences. I run the Building Community Pharmacy Project with our Manager Bernie McHugh. 

Previously I have worked with Dungannon Development Association for many years as a Finance Assistant and ran the Community Transport Service.

Outside of work I enjoy Sport, Yoga and reading.



Hazel Kennedy

As Administration/Finance Manager I have 30 years of financial administration experience, 26 of those with Dungannon Development Assoc.

I have responsibility for all financial aspects of the company and for reporting to a range of funders including Big Lottery, DSD (Neighbourhood Renewal), SH&SCT, Community Development & Health Network and local Council.


Paul Robeson

The GEMS programme is a 10 week course aim at educating, motivating, and supporting people who are struggling with addiction- whether it is alcohol, drugs or gambling. We try to make the course as positive an experience as we can; it is about looking forward and finding a better future rather than dwelling in the past. The course offers positive and practical advice about bringing changes into your life and how to find the motivation to continue building on that change.

The groups are inter-active which I think is important. All who attend have both something to offer the group as well as something to take from it.  All have a voice, although we respect one another’s privacy and no-one is forced to speak if they feel unable to do so. Above all, we recognise the strength and courage it has taken to get to this point, and we want to find a way for you to continue your journey.

The groups are run by myself- Paul Robeson; a 59 year old psychotherapist with a lot of experience around addiction, mental health and trauma. I have been running groups and working as a counsellor for quite some years now although I always seem to be learning. My Gems programme is constantly evolving from the insights I gain from my clients over time and this shows in the relevance of the material I use.

Out of work, I’m pretty normal- I argue with my kids, try to avoid washing up and enjoy watching the cricket from the comfort of my arm-chair. I admit to having a passion for my work that makes it difficult to have very much down time, but when I do get the opportunity, I like to write and spend a lot of time tending my Bonsai trees- they really are a lot more interesting than you think.

The groups take place at Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry on Wednesdays at 9:45am and 11.00am and at Breakthru, Dungannon on Thursdays at 2pm.  Attendance is through referral from the Community Addiction team or if you have been referred to the Team by a GP and not been seen, you may still attend.




Michaela O'Kane (DICE Project).




Sean Murray (Neighbourhood Renewal)

I deliver the Neighbourhood Renewal programme in Dungannon and Coalisland which focuses on disadvantaged communities experiencing high levels of drug and alcohol misuse.  The programmes we deliver are:

  • Alcohol and Drug awareness work with groups of young people.
  • Outreach and Detached work meeting young people on their own territory, seeking to build trust and understand their issues.
  • 1–1 sessions using motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Diversionary activities including arts and crafts, fishing trips, go-karting, cinema visits and residential summer camps.

 For more information contact me on 0781 0000 297