COMING HOME IN CRISIS
The global health pandemic has had an impact on Safe Home Ireland's services and the people we support. The COVID-19 situation has led to a significant increase in queries we receive from people in crisis situations, returning home to Ireland, many having suddenly lost their jobs, others have issues with their visas/immigration status and others find themselves unexpectedly destitute and being unable to qualify for welfare supports overseas.
In these cases, people arrive home with little or no income, thus being unable to secure or fund accommodation for themselves. The option of staying with family or friends here in Ireland is not always available, particularly in cases where relatives are elderly, those who may have under-lying health conditions or in cases where people have been away for a long time, family relationships may no longer exist.
SUPPORT OUR APPEAL
Safe Home Ireland would like to have a fund that enables us to assist the most vulnerable people who return home to Ireland. This will ensure that we can provide support in the short-term after a crisis return, to help where possible with immediate basic costs including emergency accommodation, food and other essential day-to-day living expenses.
In our experience, people are not looking for 'hand outs', once they have the security of a temporary safety net, and with the assistance from our outreach support service, it is amazing how quickly they can turn their lives around.
There are times in all of our lives where we need a need a 'hand-up', we are making this appeal so that we can offer that ‘outstretched hand at’ a time when it is needed most.
FACEBOOK LIVE CONCERT DETAILS
To help us to raise funds to support people returning home in crisis, we are hosting a live online concert on Saturday 30th May (8pm; GMT+1). It will be an opportunity to connect with family and friends living abroad, as we support each other through these unsettling times.
We have world renowned singers and performers with Seán Keane as our headline act as well as Mike Hanrahan and Kate Heneghan. Other acts include Norman Hartnett, Kay Staunton, Gary Vesey, Hannah & Gerry Thomas and Irish Trad instrumentalists from Co. Laois.
We will be sharing more information on each of the Artists over the next week, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information. All artists are performing for FREE - we owe them big time, so thank you all so much.
We received such positive feedback from our first Facebook Live Concert on 2nd May, which has had over 8.2k views to date, with audience and interest from all corners of the globe. You can view the concert here: https://youtu.be/Pf5yos52-2s
We hope that you can join us again on Saturday 30th May at 8.00pm (GMT+1) for our next event, which will enable us to feel connected, at a time when we should stay apart.
WHAT WE DO
Safe Home Ireland provides a free, confidential advice and information service to anyone (regardless of age or circumstances), who may be considering returning /moving to Ireland.
We assist qualifying older Irish born emigrants to explore and secure long-term social housing options back in their native areas. We provide a home visiting/outreach and advocacy service, to our housing applicants throughout the UK and to people who have recently returned home to Ireland.
We work in conjunction with Irish welfare /advice agencies at home and abroad, to ensure, that together, we are offering the best service that we can, for those who are most in need.
For more information about Safe Home Ireland and the work that we do, please visit our website at www.safehomeireland.com
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- Teresa Gallagher
- Ben Doran
- Katie Meaney
- Rosaleen Jones
- Martin McManamon