Empowerment

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Offaly support workers get calls from around the world

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Offaly support workers get calls from around the world

The increase in domestic violence during lockdowns and the murder this year of a woman while out jogging, in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, led to a national enquiry about gaps in the level of support provided to women at risk of violence.
Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service was set up in the aftermath of a previous deadly incident in 1997 and it does remarkable and mostly unseen work supporting female and male victims.
Here, Ray Lucey speaks to manager Anne Clarke.

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West Cork’s domestic violence service publishes unique newsletter

West Cork’s domestic violence service publishes unique newsletter

Recently, West Cork Women Against Violence (WCWAV) published the 80th edition of their ‘West Cork Whisper’ newsletter.
It is immensely practical, thoughtful and clearly laid out and the publication is useful to any and all working / volunteering in the domestic violence sector – no matter where in Ireland you are.
This is not only because the ‘West Cork Whisper’ is the only one of its kind published in the country, but because of the quality of the content.

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Red Cross too slow: Irish farmer hosting Ukrainian refugees on why others should do the same

Red Cross too slow: Irish farmer hosting Ukrainian refugees on why others should do the same

‘Changing Ireland’ has followed a Kildare family over the weeks and now months as they have taken in refugees. A few others in the area have done likewise, but Matt – a dairy farmer in his early 50s – was the first to move and the first to take in refugees in his locality. He acknowledges other hosts might need cash, but said: “It would change it. That’s not why we are doing this.”

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Every county should have a SoSaD project

Every county should have a SoSaD project

No better person than a volunteer who benefitted from a project to explain its importance. Lee MacMalighe put it plainly: “Save Our Sons and Daughters is a suicide-prevention service. But it goes much deeper than that. If you’re struggling in any way or form, they’ll...

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MENTAL HEALTH: Communities trying but can’t fill all the gaps, says Mick Kearns

MENTAL HEALTH: Communities trying but can’t fill all the gaps, says Mick Kearns

In responding to mental health needs, Lisheen House in Skibbereen in West Cork is a great example of what communities can achieve by themselves. However, the gaps are glaring in the country’s mental health services. As co-founder Mick Kearns tells Hannah Ní Shúilleabháin, independent community-based, volunteer-managed services cannot fill all the gaps. Rather than wait however, Lisheen House is expanding its service to two more towns.

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Chuffed campaigners claim 100% success for Navan schoolbus

Chuffed campaigners claim 100% success for Navan schoolbus

Students from Windtown, Navan, Co, Meath, who previously struggled to reach school on a daily basis in all weathers, met last Monday with community minister Joe O’Brien and officials to highlight the value of their unique urban schoolbus and to call for ongoing support.
Five of the six pupils who met the minister are now doing their Leaving Cert and all were described as “very motivated” with solid career aspirations and plans for the future.

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Music to everyone’s ears – LEADER funds 60 violins in Louth

Music to everyone’s ears – LEADER funds 60 violins in Louth

Despite the pandemic, every evening schoolkids from three schools in Co. Louth meet online to practice the violin. It’s not the easiest instrument to master, but these children are now musicians who can boast of having performed  in front of thousands of people. 

The violins they play were funded through LEADER. It is a sign of how varied the support to communities can be nowadays through this fund.

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We’re all in this together! NOT

We’re all in this together! NOT

Speakers at a recent human rights event in Cork showed they are wiser now to the inequalities from our response to Covid-19 and we’re not all in this together, not when you look at the life-chances during this pandemic of migrants, care home residents, Travellers, and others. As one speaker put it, capitalism is dictating our morality. BETH ARDILL REPORTS:

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Islanders film life on one of Ireland’s few Covid-free spots

Islanders film life on one of Ireland’s few Covid-free spots

A series of short films released in January capture the beautiful stillness of Inishbofin during the sun-soaked lockdown of 2020. Mercifully, despite reopening for tourism in July of last year, Inishbofin has recorded only two isolated cases of Covid-19 in the past 12 months and the island is currently Covid-free.

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121 Family Resource Centres looking to the future

121 Family Resource Centres looking to the future

SUMMARY: A special report was published last month to mark the 25th year of the national Family Resource Centre Programme. The 60-page visionary document is called ‘Our Story’ and it looks back but also forward as Family Resource Centres celebrate their grassroots successes. In 2020, all 121 centres played an important role in helping communities respond to the pandemic.

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What is Local Employment Service’s success rate?

What is Local Employment Service’s success rate?

Ahead of the launch of a tendering process for delivery of job activation programmes, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection commissioned Indecon to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of Local Employment Services. Here, editor Allen Meagher dives in to the results.

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Is community development the key to preventing family violence?

Is community development the key to preventing family violence?

New Zealand is renowned for its beautiful natural landscapes, its blockbuster output and its sporting prowess. What it’s less well known for is its major issue with family violence. Researcher and family violence prevention practitioner Cristy Trewartha discusses here one of the approaches designed to make a difference.

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