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Survivor Christmas 2017

 

 

Christmas - Its the most wonderful time of the yeeeeaaaarrrrr :)

So our week has began fairly hectic. We had our launch of our After the Spotlight document focusing on the long term need of Survivors, (which again, considering its historic importance in creating a road map for survivors long teem needs, i would encourage all to read by clicking here) which followed with three exceptionally busy days right across the Regions as people called to offer us praise to offer us thanks and to congratulate us on looking at the long term needs of Survivors.

This was then followed up with an amazing outpouring of festive joy and boxes of biscuits, and Christmas cards from clients were received from right across Ireland. We particularly liked the one, that specifically had Christmas greetings from Dungarvan. Nice touch.

Received Cards Selection

 Selection of Christmas Cards received from survivors

 

All the staff and volunteers will be as big as houses by the time we get through all the biscuits that were given

Example of present giving

Example of presents given by survivors

So, as has now become a yearly tradition, on we went to create our Annual Christmas dinner for our clients. Every year, without fail, we are heartended by the amount of individuals who donate items, who give of their time freely to run and manage the event and the positive difference it makes for those who are able to turn up.

Once again, this year the donations of presents for everybody that turned up was exceptional (and we will give them aspecial thanks at the bottom)

Presents being wrapped

Some presents being wrapped

As well as these presents that are given out on Christmas, we try never to forget those we have assisted during the year and to make sure they know that we are thinking of them especially if they cannot make the event or live in rural areas. These are so small, yet they mean so much to our clients and those who rang to think us, no need. It was only something small.

Our Cards sent

Christmas cards, from us to some survivors who have called us looking for assistance in 2017 being compiled

Sooooooo, onto the actual ev

After the Spotlight - Submission to Government

Booklet  Please click here of a copy of the full report (opens in a new window)

Monday the 11th of December, in Buswells Hotel in Dublin City Right of Place Second Chance launched our document entitled;

After the Spotlight

Submission to Government on the Long term support of Surviors of institutional Child Abuse and their families.

Presentation Micheál Walsh, Director of Services, presenting the After the Spotlight document.

In what was an historic day for survivors and their families, the real long term need of survivors and their families as articulated by survivors themselves was launched to a small gathering in Dublin City.

The submission focusses on the research led needs as described to us by 106 individual survivors in research, 29 individual survivors in focus Groups, 1,150 survivors who contacted ROP/SC for support and assistance and the views of over 800 UK based survivors into their long term needs.

The Key areas that ROP/SC is calling on the Government to implement to ensure survivors can face a future with cetainty and acknowledgement are;



1) HEALTH: Survivors to be given an ehanced medical card.

Enhanced medical care for survivors by the granting of the HAA Medical card would recognise the ongoing medical challenges facing survivors today.



2) PENSION: Survivors are given an automatic entitlement to the State (Contributory) Pension

Offering survivors automatic entitlement to the State Pension (Contributory) upon reaching pensionable age would provide a demonstration of the Government’s recognition of survivors’ contribution to the Irish economy and work performed in institutions.



3) HOUSING: Survivors are given a priority in relation to social housing

Giving priority to survivors regarding the allocation of social housing and resettlement supports would recognise the adverse effects of their institutionalisation and abuse as children, which has, in many cases, led to emigration, low levels of home ownership, or
homelessness.



4) CHILDREN OF SURVIVORS: That survivors children and grandchildren are offered supports.

Providing access to funding for education, training and associated supports would enable the families of survivors, to break the cycle of poverty, which was, in part, caused by the institutionalisation and physical and emotional abuse experienced by survivors (their
parents).



5) FUTURE: That the needs of Survivors are reviewed yearly to see if there has been any improvement in Survivors lives.

Providing access to funding for education, training and associated supports would enable the families of survivors, to break the cycle of poverty, which was, in part, caused by the institutionalisation and physical and emotional abuse experienced by survivors (their
parents).



People Senator Marie Devine (SF), Francis Treanor BL (ROP/SC Board) & Phylliss Morgan (Co-founder of the IWSSN)

Through our anecdotal evidence of speaking to survivors over the last two years of developing this document, whilst it dosent represent every survivors views, it is indicitive of the needs and wants of the majority of survivors.

Ultimately the launch of this document is the beginning of the submission. It is an opportunity for all of us to focus on the long term needs of survivors and it is an opportunity for the state to acknowledge the wrongs committed on survivors and their families and commit to supporting survivors health, housing and pension needs.

We would recommend all survivors to read the document, which can be downloaded below and support us in the campaign to achieve the aims.

The full document can be downloaded by clicking here (opens in a new window)



Discussion Some who attended having the opportunity to discuss the document.



Noel C Barry RIP

 

It is with sadness that Right of Place Second Chance learned of the passing of Noel C Barry on Saturday the 21st of October. 


History will be kind to Noel, for all that he achieved for Survivors as a collective and for the many individual survivors who still speak highly of him to this day.


He was the founding member and driver of Right of Place in its early years, the organisation that pre dated Right of Place Second Chance. Sure, towards the end the direction of Noel Barry and the organisation did not align and change was inevitable, but that shouldn’t detract from the many achievements in the organisations early years, which were led by Noel.

Noel, along with others, helped to drive the issue into the public domain until an apology from the state was achieved. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Residential Institutions Redress Board and was front and center in the initiation of the one of the biggest state inquiries in the history of Ireland that made global headlines for showing the true barbaric, ritual and systematic abuse perpetrated on thousands of children in Ireland (Ryan Report). He secured funding to try and provide a service in the interests of Survivors, he secured 10 apartments, which are still in operation to this day, to help Survivors who are homeless or looking to repatriate back to Ireland from the UK and further afield.


He fought a fight for survivors. His fight wasn’t with other Survivors or other organisations, but with the state and the religious, the perpetrators of that horrific abuse.


To his family our deepest condolences.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at O'Connor Bros. Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm followed by removal to The Cathedral.

Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by Private Cremation.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Free Art Classes in Cork for Survivors

Why not come join our already wonderful art classes that have been running for some time now.

In these classes you have a dedicated art tutor who has worked with survivors for some time, it's completely FREE (both the class and the materials) is a warm welcoming environment and is a chance to meet other survivors.

There is no pressure on what you create, just that you create something and it's a wonderful experience. Please give one of the numbers on the below poster a call and find out more information.

Believe us, you will be glad that you did.......

Free Art Class

Staff Vacancy at Right of Place Second Chance





Right of Place Second Chance is recruiting for the position of Regional Outreach Officer (Part-Time) in our Limerick Centre

Right of Place Second Chance is the country’s largest charitable organisation that supports Survivors of Institutional Child Abuse and their families in Ireland. We exist to improve the lives of survivors who are still suffering as adults as a result of the abuses they suffered as children in one of Ireland’s industrial, reformatory and residential institutions. We do this, by providing advocacy, outreach and information to Survivors to improve the quality of their life and help them to navigate mainstream services. We also offer specialist services to survivors as and when needs are identified.

We have offices in Waterford, Limerick & Cork where we also operate 10 transitional apartments.



Right of Place Second Chance now invites applications for the post of Regional Outreach Officer (Part-Time) in Limerick. The post is a fixed term contract of 6 months.



Regional Outreach Officer

Reporting to the Director of Services, the role of the Outreach Officer is to visit survivors in their homes, hold appointments in our offices and develop individualised care plans for each client and to secure the most beneficial outcome for survivor’s lives, in line with agreed policies and procedures.

The ideal candidate will have;

·         A relevant 3rd level qualification

·         Experience at delivering a face to face service to a similar group

·         Experience of working with a high volume of clients

·         Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to remain composed even in challenging circumstances

·         Ability and evidence of being able to work in a challenging environment

·         Must demonstrate an ability to work on your own initiative

·         The successful candidate must have a proven track record in the development of services, their positive execution and a positive attitude.

·         Experience of working with survivors of abuse or groups that have experienced trauma will be a distinct advantage

·         A history of service development and delivery.

·         Must be proficient in Microsoft Word & Excel.

As travelling is a large part of the job role, applicants must have a valid driving license and access to his/her own car that can be used for the purposes of their work.

Your Application

Further details can be found in the booklet attached. The deadline for all applications is 16.30pm on Wednesday 11th of October 2017.

Applications with cover letter and CV should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.

Right of Place Second Chance encourages all individuals to apply and we are an equal opportunities employer.



Further information and Booklet



Please click here to access further information of the job specifics and further details.

Financial Statements 2016

 



We are pleased as an organisation to attach, below, a copy of our Audited Financial Statements for the year 2016.

These were just recently approved by the Board and we are now adding them so that the public can view them should they wish.

It is important at this juncture to once again thank our main funding partners, the HSE, who continue to support our invaluable work and who, not only fund the organisation to carry out our highly successful Outreach, Referral and Advocacy programme but who continue to offer ongoing support, encouragement and advise.

It is also critical to note the role of all our staff and volunteers who give their full commitment to every client that contacts us and enrich the lives of those who seek our support.



The Financial Statements can be read by clicking here. (Opens in .PDF File in a new window)



Right of Place Second Chance

Caranua & ROP/SC Meeting minutes - 13/06/2017

*Please note the minutes are comprehensive as we wanted to give a fair and true reflection of our meeting* 

As everybody is aware our organisation is committed to transparency and accountability and last week we met with Caranua in their offices. We have received a couple of enquiries regarding this meeting and agreed these notes would be added to our Social Media channels to ensure everybody had a visual on our ongoing discussions.

The main purpose of this meeting is outlined below, but we have it broken into two main areas, namely 1) Issues/Difficulties Survivors have raised with us that we would like to see addressed. 2) What are updates that Survivors should be aware of.

The detailed notes/minutes of our discussion can be viewed below;

Date: 13/06/2017

Attendees: ROP/SC:    Micheál Walsh (Director of Services)
                                      Michael Walsh (Chair) 

                    Caranua:   Mary Higgins (CEO)
                                      Sinead Fennell (Head of Communication & Engagement)
                                      Rachel Downes (Director of Services)

Where: Caranua Offices, Dublin City


Caranua invited Right of Place Second Chance to meet in the context of discussing their Terms of Reference of their review of 2016 Services and as part of consultation with other survivor groups and Survivor Service Providers. Additionally, Caranua wanted to get feedback from us in relation to ongoing services based on our experiences with those who contact us looking for help.

General Overview

Generally, the meeting was a positive one. Whilst we discussed Caranua services and areas we would like to see improvements in, the difficulties Survivors are faced with that we brought up were understood, respected and noted.


Difficulties raised by ROP/SC

We raised the following issues that Survivors have experienced that we would like to see reviewed;

1. The introduction of a cap on services


We noted that whilst most Survivors are happy who are now making a first application, those who were told the services would be "no limit on the services you can apply for" remain unhappy. Resulting, it was appropriate that this personal Limit (Cap) be reviewed having regard for the information people got at the beginning.



2.  Survivors who wanted white goods, funeral expenses at the beginning are now not eligible

We made a case that this was unfair on Survivors who applied at the beginning of the process as they were simply never given the option to get support in this, because it wasn't available to them (or approved by the Minister). We argued that this was not Survivors fault and that as a minimum any Survivor who had reached their limit/had their application completed should now be allowed to reapply, particularly for the new items.


3.   The letter sent out to Survivors upon "completion" of application was unacceptable

We said that the letters sent to Survivors about how happy they were to have offered them assistance was uncaring and came across as "shutting a Survivor off", making them feel there was no more support for them. We also advised that it is at this point they should be told about other specialist Services so that Survivors know there was still support there for them even if they have reached their limit with Caranua. There was an understanding to review this and potentially give a leaflet to each Survivor on their case being completed and to review the completion letter with a view to re-wording it.



4.   The inability and delay getting through to them on the phone was still ongoing

We advised there was still an unacceptable delay in getting through to them on the phone and sometimes calls were not returned. We advised that whilst this had improved it was still an ongoing issue and they advised with the move to the new Premises and a new phone system this should help to address those issues.

Caranua Review - What are we doing to get it done?

An inexcusable delay

Today, the 9th of June 2017, in what is our third communication with the Minister of Education and Skills, since May, Right of Place Second Chance have again requested clarification on the proposed Terms of Reference for the review of Caranua.

There has already been an inexcusable delay in this review of nearly two years and once again a delay of at least THREE months since the closing date of applications and expressions to the review were sought and provided.

Watching and reading the cross party calls on the Minister in Dail Eireann to publish the Terms of Reference of the review of Caranua, coupled with our ongoing clarification and appeals to the Minister to urgently publish the Terms;  its not hard to understand and see why Survivors are angry, upset, dismayed and feeling ignored.

There has been a large number of Survivors who have said to me - what are you doing about Caranua and its a fair and valid question. People lean on us to support them as individuals by supporting their individual needs and if an organisation is having a big impact upon their life (both positive and negative) it is our duty to ensure they are held to the highest standards.

Thats why im writing this piece. To let you know that Right of Place Second Chance are working for those who contact us looking for support and help. We are constantly in contact to try and review Caranua Services and to ensure this is done in a transparent, efficient and comprehensive manner.

Thursday 8th of June - Our Phone systems are back WORKING

UPDATE

Our Phone systems are back up and running as efficiently as they always have been since 11.00am Thursday the 8th of June.

To all those who emailed and phoned the direct numbers, we apologise about the difficulties and most importantly appreciate the understanding. As you can see, there was an incident on the Street that knocked out both power and phone systems to a lot of buildings but this has been resolved extremely efficiently.

INcident on Parnell Street

Wedensday 7th June - Our Phone Systems are down

We apologise to all who are trying to contact us but our phone systems are currently down. We cannot receive incoming calls or receive messages on our telephone helpline.

We are working with our phone provider to resolve the issue with immediacy. If you have any urgent enquiries, we can still be contacting through direct calls to;



Limerick Region

Sinead Carroll - 085 876 8514

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Cork Region

Regina McCormack - 085 876 8927

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Waterford Region

Micheál Walsh - 085 8669281

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Alternatively, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or one of the regional staff members listed above.

Many thanks for your understanding and we apologise for the inconvenience.

Minister Bruton announces new Board members of Caranua

Tonight Minuster Bruton has announced the New Board members of Caranua.

We welcome the Ministers announcement and wish the best of luck to all Board members. Considering this Board will be in situ for the Ministers review of Caranua and the potential winding up once the funds have been expended there is a clear opportunity and, more importantly, need for the Board to be representative of Survivors experiences coupled with a lot of work in anticipation of its closing date - ensuring Survivors views are at the core of potential discussions.

We are especillay supportive of the new Board member Mr. Francis Treanor BL who is also a board member of Right of Place Second Chance and will carry with him many years of work for and with Survivors alongside the general experiences of Survivors of Caranua and will no doubt add to the governance and services currently being offered by Caranua.

Having an input from Ireland's largest organsiation that supports Survivors of Institutional Abuse is critical in ensuring Caranua is offering the services most needed by Survivors.

The ministers official press release;

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., today announced appointments to the Board of Caranua (the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund) for 2017 – 2021
Caranua is a Statutory Body with the structure and functions set out in the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Act 2012, with a 9 member Board which must include 4 former residents.


The Board of Caranua oversees the use of the cash contributions of up to €110 million pledged by the religious congregations to support the needs of some 15,000 survivors of residential institutional child abuse. These survivors have received awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board or equivalent court awards.


The support to be provided will include a range of approved services, including health and personal social services, education and housing services. To date €97.3m in cash contributions and associated interest have been received and the balance of the €110m is expected to be received by end 2018.


The Board members are appointed for a four year term of office, commencing on 24 May, 2017. The positions are not remunerated.


The Board of Caranua will be composed of the following members:


Mr David O’Callaghan - Chairperson


Ordinary Members (former residents of institutions)
Mrs Frances Harrington
Mr Thomas Cronin
Mr Francis W. Treanor BL
Dr Mary T. Lodato


Other Ordinary Members
Mr Damian Casey
Mr Thomas Daly
Ms Patricia Carey
Ms Katherine Finn


Mr David O’Callaghan, Mrs Frances Harrington, Ms Katherine Finn, Mr Damian Casey and Mr Thomas Daly have been re-appointed to the Board, all having served one term, or part thereof, on the previous Board.


The Minister welcomed the appointments and wished all members well in the in their important and challenging role.

Cork - Always Improving, Always Moving

 

All we neeeeeeddddd is a little help from our friends

 

Getting Ready                                                     Volunteers and Staff of ROP/SC ready for the day.


A massive THANK YOU to everybody involved with Serve the City who came into our offices & Apartments in Lower Glanmire Road in Cork City to give the place a spruce up and a good coat of paint.

The Volunteers who took part in helping us, some 13 in the morning and ANOTHER 12 in the afternoon, deserve a huge amount of credit for helping us strive to continue to create a warm and welcoming environment for those who access our services and those who live in one of our Transitional Apartments.

Phone Lines down (04/04/2017)

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UPDATE (04/04/2017 at 12.30pm)

The issue with the phone line has been resolved and you can now contact ROP/SC through the normal channels)

Many thanks for your understanding

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NOTICE:

Please note that we are currently expereincing a Phone outage due to the unprecedented volume of calls today.

If you have tried to call today (Tuesday 4th of April) you may only receive a dial tone and not have the option of leaving a voicemail. We are currently working with our Phone provider to resolve this issue and encourage anybody looking to make contact to call the below numbers directly so that they can speak with an Outreach Officer:

Regional Outreach Officer - Regina McCormack: 085 - 876 8927

Regional Outreach Officer - Sinead Carroll: 085 - 876 8514

 

We hope this issue will be resolved by 3pm and if there is any further delay please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. detailing your contact number and we will have a member of our team contact you back in 24 hours.

Alternatively we would encourage you to call back tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th of April on the usual numbers (1890 200 709) to talk to a member of our team.

 

Many thanks for your understanding.

Opinion Piece - Are Survivors being Short-Changed?

When you review the care for Survivors of Institutional Abuse you will see very clearly why Survivors find it difficult to complete their journey of healing. They have been given half measures, half-truths and no long-term recognition for their suffering. Plasters have been used to fix wounds;


Redress – no speaking about it!


Healthcare – No mention of it!


Pensions – No agreement!


Caranua – Just ‘till the money runs out!

Heart-breaking, yet courageous.
Recent conversations surrounding Caranua and their supports have been difficult to listen too.


As somebody who cares about the wellbeing and the future of Survivors of Institutional Abuse and their families; One could not help but feel angry, heartbroken and dismayed at people’s experiences, but equally proud of every individual who had the courage to step forward; both positive and negative.
One of the biggest issues raised was the introduction of a cap on services of €15,000.


This is something that we argued should have never been introduced. It is something we advised would be construed as being unfair to Survivors and counterproductive in supporting their needs. We said that the money should not be the issue, but individual needs should be.


Changing the conversation from one of need to one of money creates a misunderstanding of the types of support each individual requires and ignores the varying stages of healing Survivors are on.


We have helped many Survivors apply for Caranua and some, even before the introduction of the cap, could improve their lives with very small interventions. On the other side, some needed a lot of support and that ultimately is all the conversation should be about – what needs does each individual have, not how much money it is costing.


Survivors had a childhood of being reduced to numbers, I don’t think their adulthood should be reduced to the same.

March 2017 Newsletter

So, our Newsletter was finally released again after much requests for it and boy did it deliver.


Over 250 delivered, 450 Viewed on our Facebook and 16 calls regarding the Newsletter into our offices in less than 24 hours it’s fair to say, it made a very positive impact.


The main talking point seems to be the opinion piece towards the bottom of the Newsletter where we discuss the idea of enhanced medical care and the review of Caranua with extremely supportive phonecalls and messages regarding it.


So much so that we have created a separate news article about it on its own.


Don’t know what we are talking about, well click here to view for yourself and be sure to check out the bottom option.

I would urge anybody looking to receive ongoing Newsletters to return to the Home Page on Right of Place and make sure you include your email address on the bottom right of the page “Newsletter Sign up”

Newsletter March 2017 – Click here (opens in a new window)


Read the opinion piece – Click here (opens in a new window)