John Lyons Labour TD for Dublin North West dropped into visit Sankalpa on the Friday 20th January 2012. John met with the participants and staff of Sankalpa, where a lively discussion took place in relation to the 66% cut to the training and materials budget of CE schemes following budget 2012. John was impressed with the service and made a commitment to support Sankalpa in these tough economical times. John who is a teacher by profession could see the value of services like Sankalpa in supporting parents who are addicts, as he saw the direct impact of addiction on the children of addicts in the school where he taught. ’If we don’t support addiction recovery programs today, we will simply pass on the problem onto the next generation of young people’ according to Dr. Tom O Brien, manager of Sankalpa. During the visit John was interviewed for our new podcast, which is now available on iTunes.