This week’s blog takes a look at one of the charities we support here at the Ethical Silk Company - Focus Ireland. With it being World Homeless Day (10th October) we thought it would be a good time to highlight some of the reasons we support such a worthy cause and give our followers an idea of the fantastic work this charity does in Ireland.
Homelessness is a problem that affects an estimated 100 million people worldwide. Due to displacement from political, civil and natural disasters this number is only increasing. World Homeless Day draws attention to homeless people’s needs, both locally and internationally, and provides opportunities for the community to get involved. Recently, we’ve seen the topic of homelessness here in Ireland become much more prominent in current affairs. Numerous awareness campaigns coupled with shocking statistics have resulted in news and TV coverage of the increasing number of people being made homeless. An estimated 150 people sleep on the streets each night in Dublin alone, with the charity Simon Community recently stating that up to 1,400 people are forced to seek emergency accommodation each night in the capital.
To tackle these very concerning trends, charities like Focus Ireland and Simon Community are calling on the government for increased involvement: “With the budget due soon, we call on the Government to honour their commitment to social justice and ensure that the benefits of the recovery are targeted to protect the most vulnerable men and women in Ireland.” Many voluntary bodies also indicate that the 2016 target set out to end long term homelessness is now unachievable. The work these charities do, Focus Ireland in particular, cannot therefore be underestimated.
Some of the facilities provided by Focus Ireland include drop in advice services, short and long term supported accommodation, daytime support and food services. Childcare, prison in reach services and education training & employment services are also provided. In Dublin city centre for example, Focus Ireland’s Coffee shop provides food and a comfortable environment for homeless adults, families and children. Additionally, the charity is involved in multiple high profile fundraising events annually including Shine a light night, The Four Peaks challenge and Trek to Kilimanjaro. Focus Ireland also encourages individuals to volunteer and organise their own fundraisers.
Recently, a new campaign was launched by Focus Ireland in an attempt to address the issue of young people becoming homeless. This video campaign, in association with the charities corporate sponsor Aviva, has garnered support from multiple Irish figureheads including Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Irish rugby star Rob Kearney. This is yet another example of the great strides the charity is taking to tackle the underlying issues of homelessness in Ireland.
These charities cannot survive without funding, which is why for every Ethical Silk Company purchase 5% of profits are donated to Focus Ireland. We’re very proud of supporting such a brilliant Irish charity and would encourage all our #EthicalSilkCo followers to aid Focus Ireland in any way possible, whether it is by purchasing Ethical Silk products or by donating to them directly. Visit their website to find out more about all upcoming fundraisers and any other information you may need.