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Get involved with the ICHH Sky DiveICHH in conjunction with Skydive Ireland are holding a Charity Skydive being held on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th July 2016 in Co. Kilkenny.
If interested please register directly with Skydive Ireland along with your €30 registration fee* at:
be sure to use the Group Booking ID – CH-GP-6319-01
You must raise a minimum of €480.(€240 of which covers the cost of the dive, with all remaining contributions going directly to the charity).
The DEADLINE for bookings is the 16th April. With first installment of €120 needed to be paid by 16th May to confirm your date. Please note that spaces are limited SO please book early and make it an experience you’ll never forget.
Weight restrictions will apply and all applicants must be over 18.
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We look forward to seeing you and thanks to those who have already booked.
ICHH Directly Anthony Flynn on Near FMThis morning (25/02/16) saw ICHH Director Anthony Flynn speak on Near FM with Donnie and Debbie. Anthony spoke about the ever growing homeless crisis that is evident on our streets on a daily basis.
You can check out the interview in full here by clicking on the link below.
ICHH to bring a class action against Dublin City Council to the European Court of Human Rights.The decision was today made by Inner City Helping Homeless to bring a class action against Dublin City Council to the European Court of Human Rights. Speaking to 98fm today ICHH Director Anthony Flynn said; ”We have taken legal advice in regards to a number of routes that may be optional in representing families who require social housing. Under the Social Charter which the Irish government have signed up to Article 16 states every family has the right to housing which the government in many cases has failed to provide. There are over 2,500 adults in emergency accommodation in Dublin and over 1,500 children. We have also taken legal advice on lodging papers with the children’s Ombudsman regarding the number of children in emergency accommodation. This is a major undertaking on our behalf and but we feel that the failure of the state to provide housing needs to be addressed seriously by our government. We have engaged with our legal teams from today and are working on how to progress the case going forward”.
Inner City Helping Homeless will keep you up to date on our progression over the coming day’s.
A Christmas message from ICHHInner City Helping Homeless would like to wish all our supporters and those who are unfortunate to not have a place to call home a very Happy Christmas and a great New Year. 2015 has been a busy year for us as we continue to expand as an organisation. Our outreach teams now cover the streets of Dublin five nights a week and the introduction of our mobile unit has allowed us to provide our services to the homeless community seven nights a week. Our volunteers, who continue to put in great efforts both on the streets and behind the scenes deserve great credit as without them we could not do this. The support from the public and businesses has allowed us to expand and we look forward to continuing our strong relationships and progressing with you in 2016. A busy year has saw events such as the Inner City Helping Homeless Cup, right up to the recent success of the Fill a Tram Appeal which saw ICHH distribute over 1500 free meals on the day. This Christmas when you are spending time with loved ones, please spare a thought for those less fortunate on the streets and in emergency accommodation. Happy Christmas!!
”You Know It’s Christmas” charity singleChristmas is one of the toughest and trying times of the year for the homeless and underprivileged families, but this Christmas we can all make a difference! Mark Caplice, a singer songwriter from Wicklow performing as Kolumbus has just released a Christmas single with all proceeds going to charity!He has decided to split the profits made from his new single between two charities. All proceeds from ‘You know it’s Christmas’ are being generously donated to Inner City Helping Homeless, Dublin and The Lions Club Christmas Appeal in his hometown of Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. “I have seen the work put in by these charities and it’s incredible. Anthony (Director, Inner City Helping Homeless), is on the streets at 4amsupporting and helping those who haven’t even got a roof over their head.. When we, the fortunate people, run from the house to the car and feel the cold around Christmas we tend to forget about those sleeping in the terrible winter weather on a weekly basis. It break’s my heart.” -Mark Caplice (Songwriter)The single has been released alongside a heart wrenching and thought evoking video which is available to view on YouTube. This magical piece of work may just be a last minute contender for a Christmas Number One. Shortly after hearing the news from Mark, Inner City Helping Homeless released the following statement:”Inner City Helping Homeless are delighted to be involved in what can only be described as an unbelievable piece of song writing. The spirit of Christmas has been captured both through the lyrics and video. Mark Caplice & Conor O’Reilly have really portrayed the spirit of giving within the piece, for a voluntary organisation such as ourselves to have the opportunity to be involved in this is spectacular. All funds raised through the sale of this single will be donated to Inner City Helping Homeless & The Baltinglass Lions, we are asking all our supporters to get behind the single, homelessness is a really hot topic this year particularly around the Christmas period. The single really allows us to highlight that and whilst doing so, help two wonderful organisations. Lets make magic happen this Christmas!!! ”‘You Know It’s Christmas’ is currently available now on major online outlets (Amazon Music, Google Music etc) and available to stream on Spotify.Watch the Video: https://goo.gl/CGLEPTBuy the Single: https://goo.gl/0A9EXrFor more information on Kolumbus visit:www.facebook.com/Kolumbus.Irelandwww.twitter.com/kolumbus_irewww.instagram.com/kolumbus_ireFor more information on Inner City Helping Homeless visit:www.innercityhelpinghomeless.iewww.facebook.com/Inner-City-Helping-Homeless-177473812459195
ICHH and LUAS Transdev Fill A Tram a great successOn Wednesday, December 9th, ICHH and LUAS launched our first, and what we can now confirm will be an annual Fill A Tram appeal. Over 800 homeless came along to join in the festivities with us. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner was served and over 130 haircuts were provided for free of charge on the day. An unbelievable day of giving happened at Connolly Luas Platform that really showed the true meaning of Christmas, ‘GIVING’. We eventually caught up with Anthony Flynn, ICHH Director for comment;“Yesterday was a day most of us will never forget, the engagement between the homeless community and all that came along to support the event was magnificent. The purpose of the event was to enable those who would like to donate directly to somebody less fortunate than themselves to do so, and that is exactly what happened. The Fill A Tram appeal could not have went better. I would like to thank our partners in LUAS Transdev for facilitating us throughout the day, but more importantly our volunteers, as a voluntary led organisation we rely completely on our volunteers and they pulled off an amazing day yesterday and as always my gratitude lies with them”.
ICHH and I Believe in ChristmasToday (26/11/15) see’s the launch of the ‘I Believe’ in Christmas project at Georges Dock CHQ from 5pm. This will include Ireland’s biggest ever Christmas tree, along with Santa Claus for the children to visit. There will also be an authentic Irish Christmas Market, and for those who enjoy a drink after their shopping there is the Après Ski Bar. So why not bring the kids along to see Santa and do some Christmas shopping.Inner City Helping Homeless are delighted to announce that we are one of the seven charities who will be associated with I Believe campaign along with the Temple Street Foundation, Simon Communities Ireland, Childline, Barretstown, St Vincent de Paul and The Christina Noble Foundation to build awareness and fundraise from Thursday 26th of November until the 24th of December.Tonight at 5pm the Christmas tree will be lit and there will also be a 500 piece choir, a 75 piece marching band and a few other surprises along the way. If you can’t make tonight drop down over the Christmas period and meet some of our volunteers who will be fundraising throughout.Georges Dock CHQ is located 10 minutes from Dublin’s City Centre and can be accessed by the LUAS Red Line. We hope to see you there this evening and over the Christmas.From all at ICHH, thank you for your continued support.For more information visit the I Believe website: http://www.ibelieveinchristmas.ie/
ICHH and LUAS launch ‘Fill a Tram’ appealInner City Helping Homeless are delighted to be partnered with Luas Transdev in what is going to be an amazing opportunity to give to Dublin’s Homeless Community this Christmas. ICHH Director Anthony Flynn, alongside volunteers and Neil Menzies from Luas launched the Dublin ‘FILLaTRAM’ appeal from Connolly Luas point. ICHH Director Anthony Flynn made the following statement;”The ‘FILLaTRAM’ appeal is an amazing project that will give the public an avenue of directly donating to Dublins’ homeless, and so much more on the day. We will have some top chefs on hand to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner with top quality food for the homeless. There will be barbers on site to give free haircuts and each homeless person will be able to walk away with a present that has been donated directly from a member of the public on the day. Christmas is about giving, and not everyone gets the chance to enjoy Christmas, so we want to be able to create a fun filled atmosphere of giving on the day. Homelessness is something that cannot be brushed under the carpet around the city, it’s evident that there are major concerns around our homeless situation in the capital and we want to be able to support those less fortunate this Christmas”.The ‘FILLaTRAM’ appeal will run from 7am -7pm on December 9th.
ICHH and LUAS to announce Fill A Tram initiativeICHH and LUAS will today (19/11/15) launch the Fill A Tram initiative. This initiative will coincide with the ICHH annual Christmas shoebox appeal which has began to gather pace. The initiative will take place at Connolly Station on the 9th December between 7am and 7pm. The initiative will see ICHH volunteers take over a LUAS accepting shoeboxes filled with gifts from the public. On the day ICHH will also provide a chef who will be putting together quality food for members of the public. The homeless community will also be able to avail of an onsight barber who will be providing haircuts free of charge. Speaking about the partnership ICHH Director Anthony Flynn said;‘We are delighted to announce the partnership, the ‘Fill a Tram’ Appeal will ensure the public have direct access to donating to the homeless community this Christmas. The appeal conicides with our annual shoebox appeal and will give the public the opputunity to donate a small present directly. On the day we will also be carrying out two other exercises, we will be providing the homeless community with free haircuts and a special lunch/dinner made onsite by a chef with top quality food. This is what Christmas is about, ‘giving’ to others and hopefully putting a smile on the faces of a lot of people on the day. We will release further information from the Connolly Station Luas stop today (19/11/15) from 1pm. I would encourage any of the public, businesses, schools, colleges who can get involved to get in touch, as every little bit helps. Looking forward to tomorrows launch”
Mobile Outreach Service now onlineOur Mobile Outreach Unit is now in operation. This now allows our volunteers to cover more areas across Dublin. If you know the location of a homeless person contact us by calling or texting at 0858389281 or 0860232171. You could be saving a life.
Big thanks to our volunteersBig thank you to all our outreach volunteers tonight. Outreach teams are again reporting considerably high volumes presenting as rough sleepers. Our mobile outreach support vehicle is still present on the streets of the capital.Coordinating tonight’s efforts Inner City
Helping Homeless Natasha McKeever had the following to say; “Rain has held off but tempatures are dropping and the number of rough sleepers requesting sleeping bags is very high. Our mobile outreach will be on the streets throughout the night as we react to the increase in numbers and the change in weather”.ICHH are an entirely voluntary organisation, We are non – funded and support Dublin’s rough sleepers through the generosity of the public.
Pregnant Mother Sleeping on the Streets of CapitalTonight saw yet another unforgiveable night on Dublin’s streets. Before I.C.H.H. outreach teams managed to leave the office for our normal outreach service, a call came to the office. Another voluntary group asking us to provide support and service to a 3 month pregnant female in her late 20’s on the steps of one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings Dublins Custom House. The young female had climbed the dangerous railings for safety to bed down for the night, With the thoughts of some sort of safety behind the railings. I.C.H.H. outreach teams made our way to the young women with the hope of offering some kind of support.
I.C.H.H. spokesperson John Ross Reilly had the following to say ‘Particularly difficult night tonight, but this is not the first time that we have come across a young pregnant women in this situation and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It really is crazy to say that in 2015 there are people sleeping on our streets let alone a pregnant female. We totally accept that there are a number of people who choose to stay on the streets, but no pregnant women wants this. We really need to face up to reality and declare a crisis once again. The Minister needs to re-open talks with the service providers immediately. There were 116 people in our streets tonight, its unacceptable’.I.C.H.H. outreach teams interacted with 116 on the streets tonight. Outreach teams will return to the streets as usual Thursday night.
I.C.H.H. receive Lord Mayors AwardTonight I.C.H.H attended The Lord Mayors Awards 2015. Where we were presented with an award for our participation to homelessness in Dublin. I.C.H.H. are delighted to be presented with this award tonight. Anthony Flynn accepted the award on behalf of I.C.H.H and dedicated it to each and every one of the volunteers that have walked the streets on behalf of the organisation. On accepting the award he had the following to say ” I.C.H.H have grown and expanded in a very short 18 months, I’d like to thank the Lord Mayor for his commitment to the organisation and to homelessness in Dublin. I am delighted to accept this award tonight, we have a number of volunteers here tonight, but as we sit to have dinner 25 dedicated outreach workers will walk the streets tonight. Providing essentials to the homeless community. These and all of the volunteers deserve this award and I would like to dedicate this to all that have been and are involved within I.C.H.H
Number of Children in Emergency Accommodation in Dublin is due to hit the 1000 mark.*****Another rise in the number of Children in Emergency Accommodation*****The number of children in emergency accommodation was released today by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. It found the there are currently 911 children being accommodated under emergency accommodation. The figures also shows that from March 23 to March 29, 571 adults from 411 families are in emergency accommodation across the capital. The total number of adults currently in emergency accommodation including those with no dependant children stands at 2,059. I.C.H.H Director Anthony Flynn had the following to say ” The main reason for this is rising rents, no rent caps, and lack of affordable housing. We have seen the signs and foretasted monthly increases, now we are looking at largest increase in over a year. In December there where 567 children in emergency accommodation that’s an extra 344 children in as little as 3 months. We cannot sustain this increase. Drastic measures from local council & central government need to be taken in order to combat the issue. The social housing strategy put in place by Alan Kelly is going to take far to long to implement. At the rate were going this figure will treble by the time we move any families into accommodation”.
Press Statement released by I.C.H.H. 21/04/2015
I.C.H.H. RELEASE STARTLING FIGURES IN ROUGH SLEEPER INCREASE Last week I.C.H.H forecasted a 15% increase in the number of rough sleepers presenting on the streets by May 2015. A week on and already a 12.5% increase has been seen on the streets of Dublin. Last week a total of 588 rough sleepers presented over 5 nights. 424 of this were male, whilst 164 were female. This significant increase came as Dublin Region Homeless Executive carried out the “official” rough sleeper count across the city. I.C.H.H Director Anthony Flynn had the following to say ” I’ll be awaiting DRHE report to he released but I would hope that it reflects this figure. We are only covering a proportion of the city, whilst the report takes in the whole city. Again the numbers are unacceptable and I don’t believe that the DRHE are implimenting anything that will make change quickly. There have been a number of dead end implementations since Christmas, but nothing that has made a real impact to those on the ground”.I.C.H.H outreach teams return to the streets tonight from 11pm
Increase on numbers of rough sleepers in the CapitalInner City Helping Homeless outreach support workers last night (Wednesday April 9th) fed 108 rough sleepers on our capitals street. Once again we see increase night on night in those that we are feeding. At current increase levels and on studying our statistics we forecast that we will see a further 15% increase by mid may on the numbers sleeping rough on our streets. Although intervention and the welcome news of the extension to the ”Cold Winter Initiative” beds remaining online, we are still seeing a steady increase in figures and those presenting themselves as homeless. We are still in a crisis.
‘It’s just not getting any better’ Homeless crisis set to worsen‘It’s just not getting any better’ Homeless crisis set to worsen, Tánaiste’s decision not to make any increase in the maximum rents payable.‘Dublin’s homeless crisis is set to explode’ says I.C.H.H. Director Anthony Flynn. The Tánaiste Joan Burtons decision not to make any increase in the maximum rents payable by households in receipt of Rent Supplement (announced today 27th March 2015) will increase pressure on already stretched homeless organisations. The Review of Rent Supplement levels published by the Department of Social Protection clearly shows an increase in the average rent in every area across the country. The Tánaiste who has clearly stated that the situation was ‘under review’ has now back tracked on the situation of rising rents and rent supplements. I.C.H.H Director Anthony Flynn had the following to say ‘The Tánaiste has put the final nail in the coffin for thousands of families by not announcing any increase in rent supplement and her colleague Minister Kelly has driven it in by not putting a cap on rents across the city. Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) for the PRTB show an increase of 5.8% in rents nationally over the course of 2014, this follows a 3% increase in 2013. Rent for houses was up by 4.8% and apartment rents were up by 6.4%. The increase in rent and the forever widening gap in the Housing Assistance Payment is becoming ever more apparent. People are virtually being driven into homelessness, & with reports of over 100 families in January & February alone this figure is set to rocket. Clear and decisive leadership is required by government. Night by night we are seeing more people literally arrive onto the streets because there is nowhere to place individuals coming from private rented accommodation and into homelessness. We need action sooner rather than later’
Numbers on the streets still in the mid hundreds ‘Paddy’s Week’Crowds of close to 500,000 people looked on at St Patrick’s Day parades across the country with great pride, and a sense of how great it is to be Irish. However, over the same week ICHH volunteers managed to interact with 337 homeless men (297) and women (40) on the streets over 4 nights of the week. Volunteers provided these unfortunate men and women with food, clothing, hot drinks, sleeping bags and other essential material and goods to help get them through the week on the streets of the city. The city can be vibrant during the day but at night it’s a different story when the homeless have to find make-shift shelter to protect them from the elements. Regular rough sleeper Paddy has built a make shift home (pictured) with his best friend Mindy the dog. Paddy is a favourite amongst our volunteers as he is always in great form for a person who is in such a sad and unfortunate position. Mindy is in excellent condition (we even provide Paddy with some dog food for her), always very clean and well fed but is very protective over Paddy and we find it hard to get close to their make shift home most nights. During St Patrick’s week our outreach team came across a young man who was in a bad way mentally, and was strongly thinking of ending his life. This, because of the stress and pressure of being homeless. After some time spent with him, Outreach team members managed to speak him out of it an bedded him down for the night safely. Sometimes a chat can make all the difference in peoples lives, and many of our volunteers get to know the personal side of the homeless men and women we interact with on a nightly basis. As a group we provide more than just food and a drink, we provide a listening ear for those in need and will continue to do so until the crisis on the streets is dealt with.
ICHH File complaint with The GardaInner City Helping Homeless filed a complaint with The Garda Ombudsman, North Central Area Chief of Police and the Garda Commissioner relating to the assault on homeless man Krzysztof Podgorzec, today it has emerged that Krzysztof Podgorzec has been charged in relation to the issue. A further legal complaint will be lodged tomorrow.A HOMELESS man has been charged under the Public Order Act arising out of an incident on Dublin’s Henry Street last week in which his arrest was filmed and went viral on the internet. Polish national Krzysztof Podgorzec, 35, who is of no fixed abode appeared at Dublin District Court today. He faces two charges in connection with an alleged incident on Henry Street on March 13: being intoxicated to such and extent in public that he was a danger to himself and others, and breach of the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour. Both are a summary only offences that are dealt with at district court level. On conviction the first charge carries a fine while the second can result in a three-month sentence as well as a monetary penalty. A court garda furnished the court with details of the arrest. Defence solicitor Stephen O’Mahony, of Cahir O’Higgins & Co, told Judge Michael Coghlan that a long remand period was sought. The defence said it was a matter that involved a possible complaint to the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). The solicitor asked to be furnished with disclosure of prosecution evidence to include any CCTV. The prosecution said there was no CCTV footage but Mr O’Mahony said that as location that features in the allegation was Henry St, there should be some video evidence. Legal aid was granted to the 35-year-old who has not yet indicated how he will plead. A video of the alleged incident was posted on the internet and has gone viral with the clip appearing to show an officer arresting a man lying in a doorway under a sleeping bag. GSOC have confirmed that they will open an investigation. In a statement GSOC said today that they considered that this was desirable in the public interest as a result of the level of public disquiet generated by this incident. Separately a Garda superintendent has been asked to examine events around the arrest.
ICHH Sleepout 2015Last night ICHH set out to hold a peaceful protest outside Dáil Eireann to raise further awareness of the homeless issue that is currently ongoing in our city, and that is exactly what we did. We received national coverage on the night from sources such as RTE. Participants braved the harsh conditions and stayed on the streets from 8pm-8am. Not only did we have men and women who gave up their time to attend, but we also had members of the homeless community who slept outside the Dáil with us, telling stories and more.It was a bitterly cold evening but spirits were still high.Volunteers also fed 86 homeless men and women on the streets on our Monday outreach service. Thank you to everyone who took part and also everyone who supports the fight against homelessness.
SLEEPING ROUGH’ Public Sleep outInner City Helping Homeless (I.C.H.H) will hold a public sleep out to raise awareness on Dublin’s homeless crisis. I.C.H.H. have been at the forefront of Dublin’s homeless crisis over the last sixteen months. Raising awareness and providing rough sleeper outreach services across Dublin, I.C.H.H have had over 19,000 rough sleeper interactions in sixteen months. As we continue to watch the rough sleeper situation escalate I.C.H.H will hold a public sleep out on the foot of Dail Eireann on Monday 2nd March 2015. I.C.H.H volunteers alongside Dublin’s homeless community and members of the public will turn up in droves to highlight the issue.Director Anthony Flynn who is leading the protest had the following to say; ‘The sleep out is a mark of solidarity with the homeless community, being on the frontline week in and week out we have seen the drastic conditions that people are sleeping in. We have alongside our counterparts expressed the need for better access to service, housing, and long term beds. The alarms sounded through December and part of January, we are coming into March and find ourselves no better off than we were last year. There is a new wave of homeless on our streets and their getting younger. Consistently throwing money into a black hole with no visible results is no longer acceptable. I have met with the Taoiseach last year on the issue and I truly believed the empathy he showed on Dublin’s streets. But now it’s time for action.Mondays sleep out will be peaceful and a candle lit vigil will be held in memory of those that have passed on our streets’. Information – • 8pm – Meet on Molesworth St• 8.30pm -9.30pm – Speakers TBC• 10pm -Candle Lit Vigil & Prayers (Candles Provided)• 12am -8am Sleep out • All participants are requested to bring their own sleeping bags, warm clothing, flasks etc.• For more information or to get involved call us on 01 8881804.• This is a peaceful event that is non-affiliated to any other protest group. We intend to raise awareness through a peaceful sleep out.# # # # # Anthony Flynn will be available for contact through Rosaleen Byrne on the contact number below.Rosaleen Byrne Comms Manager I.C.H.H 01 8881804
ICHH Sleep Out March 2nd 8pm-8amOn Monday March 2nd from 8pm to 8am, ICHH will be hosting a sleepout outside Dail Eireann to show support to those who are homeless on the streets of Dublin and in memory of those who have passed away. To attend this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name down. If you are unable to sleep out a candle ceremony will commence from 11 pm in remembrance. This is a peaceful event and we will have both voluntary security teams and ambulance personnel present on the night. We hope to see you there.
‘Rough Sleepers on the Rise again’Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) Dublin’s frontline homeless agency have yet again recorded a further increase in figures on the streets of Dublin. Last week’s outreach records indicated that up to 70 extra rough sleepers were on the streets of the capital. ICHH noted 520 rough sleepers spread around the city over five nights from Monday – Friday 9/2/2015 to 13/2/2015. This was yet again an increase on the 450 reported by ICHH the week previous. With on average 104 rough sleepers being fed per night. Over the week 389 males were interacted with and 131 females.ICHH Director Anthony Flynn said ‘It looks like we are heading back to square one on the homeless front, I pre-empted that the increase in beds would dry up not long after Christmas and that’s exactly what seems to have happened. There are more and more people presenting themselves as homeless every day. A clear and definitive plan needs to be in place to deal with the crisis. We have to many leading figures pulling in different direction and it’s the person on the ground that’s suffering. An increase of 70 rough sleepers in a week is totally unacceptable and shows us something is gone wrong again. The rough sleeper population is set to explode again and rather than the Minister slating key figures in organisation he needs to shine a light on how we are going to stay in control of the situation’.ICHH rough sleeper teams operate from 11pm to 2.30am Monday – Friday
VHI Womens Mini MarathonAfter an amazingly fun day last year, ICHH will again be taking part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon and we want all you great women who have supported us throughout our journey to take part in aid of homelessness.
To register, send an email including your full name, phone number, address and copy of a photo ID. Once we have received your details we will then issue you a registration pack. If you want to register in person feel free to drop into our offices from this Monday, we are open Monday-Friday 10am-2pm and 7pm-9pm.
Register as soon as possible in order to avoid missing out on what will surely prove to be a fun day in aid of a great cause. Let all your friends and family know.
The vicious circle that is homeless just keeps on turningTwo months have passed since the death of John Corrie on the streets of Dublin, a stone’s throw away from government buildings. Within that month we have seen the implementation of a homeless convention, a homeless summit and a combined pot of a further €25m to combat homelessness in Ireland. ICHH review what has changed on the bitter cold streets of Dublin over these two months and what impact these changes have had to service users. Although figures have lowered, they have clearly not been lowered enough to make an impact on the cold streets of Dublin. Last week saw over five nights a total of 450 rough sleepers on Dublin’s streets. With the highest figure being Friday 103 rough sleepers reported by outreach teams. ICHH have seen a 30% decrease in rough sleepers over the two months since December. ICHH Director Anthony Flynn had the following to say on the issue ‘ It is evident that the figures have reduced but for the amount of money being spent it is clearly not enough. ICHH have before stated that the way in which we tackle the homeless crisis must be addressed on a needs basis and not a one solution fits all approach. Central government and the DRHE have spent millions on the homeless issue, and have only seen the problem worsen in the last 24 months. Reports from the streets are that a lot of rough sleepers do not want to access the dorm style rooms for safety reasons, and a number of people will not access the new night café due to safety concerns. Numbers are back on the rise after as little as 2 months, and I would challenge the amount of beds that are declared available on an average night as reports are still coming in that people just cannot access beds. I welcomed the Lord Mayors summit and found it proactive but this needs to be ongoing. The commitment to challenge homelessness needs to be ongoing, proper systems, structure and access to service for clients must be put in place immediately.
The problem of homelessness is being brushed over time after time by big announcements but facts are facts little is changing on the ground’.
ICHH are running five outreach teams across the city Monday to Friday from 10pm – 2am. Outreach teams record the total number of rough sleepers interacted with on a nightly basis.
Volunteer StoriesVolunteers are the backbone of Inner City Helping Homeless – the people behind everything from maintaining the social media to preparing the sandwiches. Without volunteers the charity simply wouldn’t exist – every person from the director down is a volunteer willing to give up their time to help those in need.“I never really thought much on the matter beforehand,” says Peter Redmond, 33, one of our volunteers living in the city centre, “a friend asked me to come down the first night and I said yeah – it was a spur of the moment kind of thing to be honest with you.”Peter has been volunteering with ICHH since last June. He tries to go out two nights every week and is a firm fixture on the Northside route.“Everybody’s been down on their luck at one stage or another during their lives. It’s nice to be able to help out and do some good in all fairness.”“It’s just like that gentleman said around at the Custom House there” says Peter, referring to a homeless man the group just helped, “that if we weren’t going around there’d be a good possibility he’d starve to death so…”“When you hear things like that it’s positive feedback, it encourages you to want to do it more to help people out who are stuck down on their luck.”Peter is a long time volunteer – part of a core group who go out several times almost every week. They are the foundation of ICHH and the charity would be nothing without them.However, new volunteers are always needed to help expand and keep the organisation ticking over.“I’ve never really volunteered before,” says Siobhán, one of our newer volunteers, out for her second night last week, “I’ve always given money to charity but I’ve never actually given my time – so I thought I would change that.”Originally from London, Siobhán has been living in London for the past 8 years. Like the founding members of ICHH, she was inspired to act by the homeless people she saw sleeping on the streets as she went to and from work every day.“It kind of makes you realise how lucky you are, when you see people,” she says.Peter and Siobhán are just two of the many volunteers who make up ICHH.By Cormac Fitzgerald.
A Night in the Life�Last Wednesday night, as storm Rachel battered the streets of Dublin, the volunteers of ICHH prepared for another night out on the streets. The office on Killarney Street was packed full of charitable donations given over the Christmas period: boxes full of toothpaste and toothbrushes, underwear, scarves, biscuits, hairbrushes and everything else you can think of. There was even a 50 Shades of Grey novel among the clutter for some reason – maybe someone thought it might light a passionate fire inside whoever reads it to keep them warm on these cold winter nights!There’s was the usual buzz in the office before we took to the streets at 11 – senior volunteers milled around preparing clothes bags, food packs and hot water flasks while newer volunteers got suited up in high-vis jackets and safety gloves. At 11 o’clock the briefing was given and the groups split into Northside and Southside. Southside always take off first to set up at Stephen’s Green while the Northside head over to the GPO to set up base.At the GPO men and women stood around waiting for our volunteers to arrive and hand out much needed tea or coffee, cuppa soups, sandwiches, hats, chocolate, scarves and whatever else we had.A few volunteers always stay at the GPO for the night, chatting to and helping whoever comes in under the cover, while the outreach team sets off to journey through the north inner city – looking for those in need.OutreachOff up O’Connell Street, over the bridge briefly to look around Pearse Street Garda Station, back over and down Custom House Quay, across to Store Street and Abbey Street over to Henry Street, across Jervis Street and back up the quays towards O’Connell Street and the GPO. This is one of the routes taken 5 nights a week by ICHH volunteers. Along the way they look down every alcove and alleyway, side street, doorway, porch and corner for anyone in need of a sandwich, some chocolate or a cup of tea.Last Wednesday, Storm Rachel had more people than usual sheltering indoors, for fear, perhaps, of their safety. But there were still plenty about: two men on the Rosie Hackett bridge jogged up against the biting wind to ask for a cup of tea; a man camped behind the railing of the Custom House was grateful for any food he could get; a young girl lay alone in a sleeping bag in a doorway off Henry Street.The groups meet back at the GPO at about 1:30 and compare the numbers for the night. The tea station is disbanded, the hi-vis jackets and laytex gloves removed, and the volunteers head home to bed. Any homeless people still at the GPO says their goodbyes and wander off into the night.Donations and volunteers are needed by ICHH more than ever in January. After the buzz of Christmas is over, there are still homeless on the streets and there are still those helping them – will you be one?By Cormac Fitzgerald.
ICHH SupportersICHH would like to thank to Hireco for their generous donation of €3500. Pictured is Helen Flynn presenting ICHH with the cheque. Hireco have been long time supporters of Inner City Helping Homeless and we look forward to their continued support going forward. Their support, and the support of many others have allowed ICHH continue to provide our outreach service to the homeless community of Dublin.
You can view the Hireco Facebook page here:http://on.fb.me/1DSIoZwYou can also vist their website here: http://hirecopark.ie/
Homeless Man Found Dead in Temple BarThe body of a homeless man was found this morning in Cows Lane, Temple Bar around 8am. Inner City Helping Homeless had a number of Outreach Teams in the area last night with one team covering Cows Lane just before 2am. Inner City Helping Homeles director Anthony Flynn stated, “We had a team in the location last night and are awaiting outreach reports to confirm how many, if any, homeless people were in the area whilst we were there. This is the second death in a month on our streets and this time a stones throw away from City Hall. We have seen an increase in beds in Dublin but also an increase in those travelling from different areas to try and access beds. We are, on average, feeding 90 rough-sleepers a night. This is a reduction of around 50, but still an unacceptable figure.” The Inner City Helping Homeless team would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of this man.Image courtesy of William Murphy.
Cycle 4 CausesCycle 4 causes are delighted to announce that the group are running their charity cycle again. The challenge is to cycle through 4 provinces over 4 days covering over 444km for 4 causes, which are
• Irish Autism Action
• Inner City Helping Homeless
• Neo−natal unit Coombe Hospital
• My Canine Companion
Our last event was a huge success with 80 cyclists taking part and raising over €13,500 for each of the last chosen 4 charities. The next event will be taking part on 24th – 28th June 2015. The cost to take part is €850 and deposits of €100 must be paid by 31st January 2015.
Places are limited on the cycle and it is on a first come first served basis. There is massive interest in our event due to the success of last year. To secure a place on this wonderful event or if you know anybody interested in taking part they can contact any of the committee members:
James 0877712709, Greg 0876309159, Dave 0863824446,
Derek 0879476998, Ciaran 0876460137, Aishling 0863420280
If you are interested in taking part we have a MyCharity page or you can pay by cash to any of the listed organisers. Payments can also by made Ulster Bank iban:IE76ULSB98504711348171 bic:ULSBIE2D anybody lodging money direct into account make sure to post your name so we can tell who lodged it. Or you can pay by cheque with all cheques made payable to Cycle4causes and sent to,
20 Portland Square,
North Circular Road,
ICHH on the streets more than ever beforeWith our five-night-a-week service now in full flow, ICHH volunteers are on the streets more than ever before, providing essential food and clothing parcels to the homeless community across the city. This week alone saw ICHH volunteers enaging in over 500 encourters with homeless individuals and families between Monday and Friday. The conditions on the streets have been harsh with the rain and freezing cold temperatures.Many were delighted to have received the shoe-box parcels that have been so generously donated by the public. We will continue to distribute the parcels over the coming weeks and into the new year, hoping that we can provide some happiness to those living on our streets.
ICHH Strictly Helping HomelessWhat an amazing time it was last Saturday night at our Strictly Helping Homeless fundraiser. This was Inner City Helping Homeless’ largest fundraiser to date and it went perfectly. We would like to thank everyone involved in the event from the volunteers to the dancers and also our sponsors. The crowd also played their part and provided an electric atmosphere from start to finish. The monies raised from this event will help us continue on into the new year and beyond, making it possible for us to provide our outreach service up to five nights a week. (Pictured above is our Strictly winners JP and Karla along with Dance Teachers Francesca and Krystal)
Strictly Helping HomelessInner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) are delighted to announce our Strictly Helping Homeless event Saturday 6th December is SOLD OUT. The event will have over 550 people present on what we predict will be an amazing, eventful night. We have an exciting line up of judges including Sean Arkins, Philly McMahon, Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Linda Comey and Paula Healy. If you are unfortunate and have not received a ticket you can follow live updates and interact with us at the event on our social media sites:https://twitter.com/ICHHDUBLINhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Inner-City-Helping-Homeless/177473812459195
The Need for ActionA homeless man died in the doorways of Leinster House on Monday night. His name was Jonathan Corrie. This is nothing new – homeless people die on the streets of this city all the time. In 2012 alone, 30 people died homeless on the streets of Dublin. You can guarantee that more will die again. So why do we remember Jonathan’s name? Why is this death, amongst all the others, so unique?It may be difficult to say, but the reason Jonathan Corrie’s death struck such a chord with Ireland is because of why it happened when it happened and where it happened. Why? Because homelessness is at crisis levels in this country; When? On the run up to Christmas – a season associated with caring and compassion; Where? On the very doorstep of the very Government who have allowed things to get so bad.Jonathan Corrie’s death was a terrible tragedy – but it was no terrible than all the other homeless people who have died throughout the years in Dublin. What about Henry Piotrowski, who was found crushed up at a recycling plant in August, 2013? Or the 13 homeless people who died in hospital in 2012? Do they matter?But no, it seems that it had to take someone virtually dying on the doorstep of Leinster House in order for the Government to take action on an issue that has moved in the last few years from a crisis to an emergency. It had to be nearly Christmas, it had to be just following Dublin City Council’s largest count of 168 rough sleepers on the streets of Dublin – it had to be now.Get your priorities straightHomelessness has been low down on the priority list since this Government took office. Austerity-led cutbacks to social services like housing and care as well as social welfare has not only failed to help those on the streets – but has significantly worsened the situation. There are now over 600 homeless children in Dublin living in emergency accommodation as well as thousands of refugees living in direct provision centres. These are the realities of the new homelessNow, with the media spotlight fully on them, the Government have called for an emergency forum to tackle the issue. Speeches will be given, promises will be made, monies will be allocated – but when the media coverage quietens (as it quickly will,) and people lose interest and start to think about water charges and Christmas presents, what will stop things from staying exactly as they are?UsTonight ICHH fed 118 people on Dublin’s streets. The weather was freezing and people were angry. They were angry that there wasn’t enough clothes for them, that they didn’t have a sleeping bag for the night, that they didn’t have a roof over their heads. Jonathan Corrie dies and hundreds more are still homeless – and with the streets starting to freeze, they are cold and they are scared.If people saw what happened to Jonathan Corrie and feel inspired to action – then act. ICHH, and every other charity out there need your help. We need donations of clothes, sleeping bags, underwear, hats; we need money to fund our operations; and we need you with us.Help if you can in whatever way you can this Christmas. But don’t stop there. Christmas is the season for loving and giving – but what about January? There will still be homeless in January and February and every month thereafter. Our volunteers will still be out on the streets helping those in need long after people have forgotten about the latest tragic death of a homeless man overlooked by his people and disregarded by his Government.People will see what happened to this man and they will act. The Government will be forced to pay a bit more attention to the those people on the fringes of society and maybe something will actually get done.But none of this will matter to Jonathan Corrie. Whatever happens now will be too late for him. All we can do is keep working and trying our best to make sure it won’t happen again.By Cormac Fitzgerald(Cormac is a Journalism student at DCU and writes regularly for our website, he also volunteeers on the streets every week)
Homeless Man Found Dead less than 50 metres from the Dail.CONOR FEEHAN AND MICHAEL STAINES – 01 DECEMBER 2014 11:00 AM ( article from Evening Herald 01/12/14) (Picture taken from the Daily Mirror)A homeless man has died just metres from Dail Eireann. The body of the deceased, who is aged in his 40s, was found on Molesworth Street in Dublin city this morning.investigations into the death are continuing but it is not believed to be suspicious.Leinster House is open today but the Dail is not sitting until tomorrow. Civil servants and TD’s offices are open for business today.Lord Mayor Christy Burke today said it was “shameful” that a homeless person should die on our city streets.“I told the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in a recent meeting that there would be deaths this winter. I said it to him,” Mr Burke told the Herald.“It is shameful that someone should die on the streets facing our parliament,” the Lord Mayor said. Gardai today confirmed they are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s on Molesworth Street this morning. Investigations are continuing.Mr Burke, who volunteers with Dublin’s Inner City Helping the Homeless (ICHH), said it is time for action and not words on the homeless crisis in the city.“I hope it is a wake-up call to our political leaders about the homeless crisis in Dublin.“My thoughts, my prayers and my sympathies go out to this man’s family,” said Mr Burke.“What we need is action on homelessness, not spin and talk. Only action will work,” he added.“With political will this problem can be overcome. Without political action there will be more deaths,” Mr Burke said.In total, €55.5m has been allocated to the national homeless budget for 2015, an increase of €10.5m on last year’s figure. Reacting to today’s death, Anthony Flynn, director of ICHH, said Housing Minister Alan Kelly must open more homeless beds as a priority. On one night last month, there were 168 people sleeping rough in the city centre.“We’ve been told that there was 80 news beds opened under the cod winter initiative in the last three months and we have asked for a direct response from the homeless services as to where these beds are and we haven’t had a reply.It is my belief that those beds are not there. They haven’t been made available to homeless at the moment. We had seven people on Smock Alley in sleeping bags this morning,” Mr Flynn told the Herald.“On the cold face of it, there are nights when it is minus one out there, We have been lucky so far that we haven’t been hit by the worst of the bad weather.“We’re walking the streets at night time and we feel it,” Mr Flynn added.“It is Christmas month and it is about time some type of empathy was shown by the government now and the beds are actually opened up by the minister.“Rather than promising beds he needs to show face now and get the beds open and get people in off the streets.“It is bad enough with the cold and the rain but if we get hit by snow over the next couple of weeks people are in real, real danger.“Somebody else will be found dead and that is the cold face of it there are no ifs, buts or ands about it.“It has happened now we are in a situation where the minister needs to look at what is happening. Somebody is dead and it is down to the government because the beds are not being made available for people to come in off the streets at night,” Mr Flynn said.Along with this ICHH have been given a 3 page spread in The Evening Herald (01/12/2014)
Inner City Helping Homeless expanding our outreach serviceThis week (24/11/14) Inner City Helping Homeless have moved to expand our outreach service to cover three nights a week. As of next week we will be further expanding our services to cover FIVE nights a week. With our expansion this week, ICHH volunteers have had approximately 300 interactions with homeless people across the city over the three nights. The nights are getting colder and these harsh times make our service to the homeless community across our city even more important.(Pictured is our Volunteer Coordinator Paula with our new bibs)
Volunteer StoriesWe fed over 100 hundred people on the streets of Dublin last night. It was a wet, cold, miserable night and people were happy for a cup of soup or tea and a sandwich. Chocolate is on high demand on nights like these, and we must have handed out hundreds of Rockys.Our Northside outreach team alone fed 32. The persistent numbers, the horrible conditions (that will only worsen throughout the winter), and the absolute misery and pain that too many rough sleepers seem to be in, all add to our need for more volunteers, more donations, and more awareness.Inner City Helping Homeless are committed the feeding the homeless, but a big part of what we do is fundraising and raising awareness. We’ve had a number of very successful fundraisers over the past year but we’ve one coming up that promises to beat them all – and it’s strictly for everyone.Strictly Helping HomelessStrictly Helping Homeless is a fundraiser event that will take place on the 6th of December at The Mansion House. It’ll be a dance competition strictly like no other. 15 couples will enter and 1 will be crowned the champion at the end of the night. There will be music and dancing and smiles and laughter – all for a good cause.“It’s going to be a spectacular night,” says Gerard O’Neill, one of the lucky men strutting some stuff on the night, “The stuff we have planned for it, it’s going to be amazing.”Gerard is from around the area and has been with ICHH from the start. Like all of our volunteers, he is passionate about the work he does with the charity: “No one gets paid, from the cleaner to myself to the board of directors.”Gerard will be one of the male dancers dancing solo on the night – he says that the contestants have been training hard since day one, and while it’s all a bit of fun to raise awareness of a serious issue, people will be going out on the night to win: “It’s competition as well… the competition is open.”According to Gerard there will be around 500 guests there on the night to see the dancers hit the floor. Any businesses looking to sponsor the event can do so by getting in touch with us at email@example.com. There are a number of sponsorship packages available – starting out at €50 for a half page advertisement in the programme booklet all the way up €1000 for any companies really looking to help out!There will be celebrity guest judges and surprises throughout the night. Get your sponsorship in the booklet and you can be sure it will be seen at least 500 people.Still not convinced about the event?I asked Gerard if he had any special dance moves he was planning to unleash on the night.“Let’s just say, BOOM!”You’d be mad to miss it. See you on the 6th.
Volunteers StoriesThe first of interviews behind the scene with some of our volunteers:
Tom Murphy, 72, was out for his 5th week last night. A retired mortician from Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, he says volunteering was something he always wanted to do.
“As a mortician, you see an awful lot of tragedy for various reasons, and absolute no hope people and I always felt I’d love to be able to do something, you know? Something small…”
The ICHH is the best according to Tommy because they get stuff done quickly and without too much red tape: “You look after the people who need looking after,” he said “…and to me that’s the ideal situation.”
Big hearted barber restoring dignity to countless homeless people living on Dublin’s streetsA generous young Dublin barber has taken his trade to the streets of the capital to restore some dignity to the countless homeless people who live in the city.Warren Flynn spent his day off last Sunday snipping the hair of Dublin’s homeless men and his gesture has been highlighted by action group Inner City Helping Homeless.The kind lad posted this snap on Facebook saying: “Spent my day today helping those less fortunate, cutting hairs on the streets for those who call the streets their home.“To see how happy Shane was with his hair cut made it so worthwhile #GivingBack.”Warren – who runs The Dublin Barber – took his scissors and tools out of the salon to cut hair and trim beards on the streets.If you feel like you could give back like generous Warren and get involved with Inner City Helping Homeless, you can check out their Facebook page for more info.
Swim The M50 in aid of ICHHFollowing the launch of five Dublin City Council Centres with the new brand of Dublin City Council Sports and Fitness Centres, swimmers are invited to Swim the M50!The Swim the M50 challenge will be taking place on Wednesday the 29th of October, and will see the public attempt to get their local centre to 1,800 lengths of the pool, swimming a total of 45 kilometres. The Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Finglas, and Markievcz centres will be taking part in the challenge.If any centre breaks the 1,800 lengths mark early in the day, the challenge will be extended to the 121 kilometre Swim Dublin to Holyhead, as each centre competes to swim the farthest!The Council will have spent €3.5m upgrading its facilities by the end of the year, with the centres in Irishtown, Ballymun, Ballyfermot, Finglas, and Markievcz on Townsend Street in the city centre all seeing the benefit, including the reopening of Ballyfermot swimming pool following an extensive period of work. Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said, “It is a great pleasure to re-open Ballyfermot Swimming Pool after 18 months of refurbishment work. Dublin City Council is helping people get more active through its Sports & Fitness Centres. Last year the Centres held over 180,000 swimming lessons for children and 30,000 swimming lessons and aqua fit classes for adults. Uniquely, Dublin City Council Sports & Fitness Centres include group adult swimming classes free of charge with every adult annual membership.”Admission to the Swim the M50 challenge is free on the day, but any donations given will be passed on to local charities. Markievicz Centre will be giving its donations to the Inner City Helping Homeless group. In order to encourage people to join up and become more active, Dublin City Council Sports and Fitness Centres are offering a massive 50% discount on their full monthly membership until the 29th, bringing the cost down to €25.
Homeless CrisisWelcome to the official Inner City Helping Homeless website. Our website is easy to navigate around and is the new hub for all ICHH information from volunteering to events and much more.