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Tranisitional Apartments

Dear Member,

Due to the tireless work by Our Outreach officers in Housing members of Right Of Place Second Chance in permanent accomodation we are know open for applications.

The application Process will involve assessing wheter the apartment is fit for your needs and can provide the best supports for you.

Please feel free to call your Local office, in any of the regions, if you would like to be considered for an apartment.

 

 

Summary of the Main Provisions of the Statutory Trust Fund

Will the Statutory Trust Fund Support Victims Of Institutional Abuse?

 

Eligibility

Those eligible for assistance from the Fund will be those former residents who were offered awards from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB) or who received awards pursuant to court actions and who would otherwise have received awards from the RIRB.

Functions/Provisions of the Statutory Fund

The principal function of the Statutory Fund will be to make arrangements for the provision of approved services to support the needs of former residents and to pay grants to former residents to assist them to avail of approved services. 

Approved services will include such counselling services, psychological support services and mental health services, and such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine. 

The Fund will also promote understanding of the effects of abuse on former residents among service providers and will evaluate the effectiveness of the approved services in meeting the needs of former residents.

The Fund can consult with former residents as it considers appropriate.


Funding for the Statutory Fund

The costs of the Fund will be met from the contributions from the religious congregations, which will be lodged to a special investment account managed by the National Treasury Management Agency.  These contributions will be construed as fulfilling a charitable purpose.  It is expected that the amount available to the Fund will be €110 million.


Administration of the Scheme

The Fund will be established as a corporate body. The Board of the Fund will comprise 7 members, including 2 former residents, and insofar as is practicable, the Minister will ensure an equitable gender balance.  In appointing the other members of the Board, the Minister will ensure that members have knowledge and expertise in relation to financial management, administration, health and social personal services and counselling, psychology or mental health services. 

The members will not be remunerated and will serve a four year term of office but will not be eligible to serve for more than 2 consecutive terms.

The chief executive officer of the Fund will manage and control the administration of the Fund and will be accountable to the Public Accounts Committee and other Oireachtas Committees.  The accounts of the Fund will be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

The Fund will appoint, with the consent of the Minister, such and so many persons to be members of the staff of the Fund as it may from time to time determine.

The Fund will seek to achieve the most beneficial, effective and efficient use of the resources available to it.  It will be subject to the terms of the Freedom of Information and Ombudsman Acts.


Applications

Provision is included in the General Scheme to allow the Residential Institutions Redress Board advise the Statutory Fund of the name, address and date of birth of award recipients.  Such a provision will allow the Fund to confirm applicants’ eligibility.

The Fund will determine the extent of, and conditions attaching to, the provision of approved services.  It will determine the criteria it will use to make decisions and will publish these criteria.  It will determine the application process and will be able to refuse applications not made in accordance with the approved process. 

The Fund will liaise with public service providers in relation to the provision of services to former residents.


Education Finance Board


The Education Finance Board will be dissolved and its functions transferred to the Fund.

Well Done Mary!

It's Never Too Late.

Congrats to Mary Donovan (Tralee) now living in Limerick who in 2008 went back to education Mary done Interior Design level 5 and received an overall award. In 2009/2010 she done her art portfolio for which she received a distinction, she also received the VEC Award for Art Craft and Design for mature students. Mary then went on to do a course in Disabilities and Medical Secretary and Terminology (Distinction) level 6.

Mary then joined a Community Employment Scheme in november 2010 and done Social Studies for which she got 100% in her exam, she also done ECDL Advanced in 2011 and achieved a certificate and an overall award.

I think you will agree that Mary packed a lot of study into three years and all we can do is to congratulate Mary again and wish her well for the future, and by the way it's never too late to go back to education.          

P.S. During Mary's journey back to education she wrote a project called "Unfair Treatment of Children In State Run Homes from 1800-1990" Mary hopes that a rep from Gill&Mc Millen will read her story and fingers crossed a best seller?

(Any body looking for more information please contact Val Groarke in our Galway / Western Regional office)

Waterford / Eastern Area Meeting - 17th June

Waterford Meeting 17th June 2011

We recently held our Waterford meeting of Right Of Place Second Chance, at the Granville Hotel on Friday 17th June.

The reason for publishing this information is to allow the many who phoned to make their apologies view the minutes. We will also post these out to the members who phoned to say they could not attend.

There was nearly 50 people in attendance and the meeting was chaired by our National Chairman - Mr. Michael Walsh. He was assisted by our local Chairman of the Waterford branch - Mr. Denis McEvoy and acting Secretary Mr.Patrick Cleary.

Throughout the meeting there was many vauable questions asked by our members and answered by both our Chairman and our Outreach Officer for Waterford / Eastern Region. It was very successful and all of the Survivors in attendance congratulated the New Board.

We would like to sincerely thank all those who turned up to the meeting, the many who offered their thanks and support, those who travelled to attend the meeting and in particular those who asked questions.

Please click here to view the minutes of the meeting.

Please also note that your new Committee for the Waterford / Eastern Region is:

Chairman: Denis McEvoy,

Secretary: Michael Walsh,

Treasurer: Canice Egan.

Please click here to view a copy of the minutes of the meeting.

 

 

New Leaflet

Leaflet

As Right Of Place Second Chance has begun the process of re-establishing and re-defining our goals and aims, we felt it was important to publish information that would allow people to see who and what Right Of Place is.

The leaflet below is an example of this and it will be available in all your Regional offices within the near future. If you would like a copy please feel free to pop into your local office, or call us up and we will post you one out. We hope this again helps to hilight the New Right Of Place as it is important people have constant reminders of who ROPSC are and also what our objectives into the future are. It is only with this clarity of Purpose can we begin to assist Survivors who most need it.

Please click here to view our New Leaflet to be published shortly.

Right Of Place Second Chance and MABS

Unique Link Between Right Of Place - MABS and Survivors

 

Did you know that although MABS have many centres and Support workers around the country who work Tirelessly on behalf of people, MABS also has a number of dedicated professionals who deal exclusivly with Survivors and their families as a result of the Redres Scheme.

Both Derek Teeling and Helen McKenna over the last number of years have assisted many Survivors in personal debt issues and offered support to many who have found it difficult to deal with monies awarded from Redress.

Many Survivors find it difficult talking to any person within an organisation who do not understand and appreciate their backround, their difficulties and the problems that they face every day of their lives. Right Of Place has linked in with both Helen and Derek to afford members this personal service, that is outside the normal channels. They have both dealt with Survivors, specifically, and are therefore best placed to aid any Survivor that needs assitstance. They will either meet you personally or get one of their colleagues to meet you.

They are both very understanding and appreciative of the difficulties that many face and again are there specifically for Survivors. So whever you live in Ireland, the UK, the USA or anywhere else in the world and you need assistance with tackling debt and getting advice, call them personally and mention you are a member of Right of Place and they will afford you Priority of Service. Or call one of Right Of Place offices and we will arrange through them to offer you assistance.

Remember they are there to help you the Survivor and your family.

Website Information (Please Read)

Information Regarding Website

The purpose for the establishment of this website is as follows:

  1. Inform our Member Base of what is happening in Right Of Place Second Chance
  2. To allow external bodies, who can have an influence on Survivors lives, see the talents that Survivors and more importantly to use this media channel as an opportunity to remind them who Survivors are.
  3. To allow Survivors to interact with each other, in a moderated environment where incorrect information will be corrected, with the truth.
  4. To Inform our Members of what is happening in their organization and to ask for their constructive input and feedback.

As a result of the reasons as to why this website was established, it is important that this news article be published to inform people a number of facts.

Will registering on the website, or leaving comments make you a member of Right Of Place Second Chance?

No. The only way you can become a member of ROPSC is by filling out the application form and signing it. As such you can leave comments and view any article and this will not make you a member of Right Of Place Second Chance.

Is the Website Moderated?

Yes. The Website is moderated as we want to create an area where Survivors can interact, view new information and comment. As with many websites, comments are moderated. We will only ever moderate comments if they are abusive and/ or serve no purpose but to upset Survivors, their families and any other person who views and comments on this website. We want to create an environment that fosters the idea of gaining correct information, asking questions and getting to grips will the real facts about the New Right Of Place Second Chance.

Does this mean my question will be moderated?

No. We welcome and encourage people to come onto this website and ask questions. We want to be open / transparent and honest (as we possibly can be) in our approach at helping Survivors, and we hope people leave comments to get the correct information. We can only ever answer questions with the truth and not fiction. We believe that asking questions, to get correct information is the way forward, hence the reason for establishing this website. We want to use any media channel that we can that enables us to interact with Survivors and their families in any meaningful way.

Is it just Survivors that can leave comments?

No. We encourage any person to leave comments on this website, Survivors, their families, friends or the general public to comment. We represent Unity and unity of purpose. We hope that every citizen, who has access to a computer comes onto this website, comments and asks questions. It is only together in a unified approach can we fight for the rights and entitlements of Survivors. It is also through this Unity of Survivor, their families and the general public can we fight the injustices and try to enhance Survivors and their families lives. Just because Survivors do not appear in the media - does not mean they have gone away and we all have a responsibility to remind people of this fact.

 

I hope the above brings clarity to one or two issues that have been brought to our attention by Members and Survivors. I hope this enables people to understand why it is important that they ask questions to get the real and correct facts from their organization and that we move forward to aid and help many Survivors who need our assistance.

Remember Right Of Place Second Chance is not only a support group, but a representative group and we can only represent the views of our members by their comments. We look forward to seeing you have a direct say in your organization, and also allowing people get the correct information that aids them to join Right Of Place and offer their many talents.

"The Blue Boy" A play that deals with Institutional Child abuse.

Exciting Original Irish Play

Tags: Free, Theatre

Venue: Half Moon Theatre

Tickets: ADMISSION FREE but ticketed Dates: Fr 24th June @ 3.00 pm (Extra Performance Friday 24 June @ 6pm.)


Brokentalkers latest project is a work in progress that deals with the experiences of men and women who were incarcerated as children in Catholic residential care institutions. Using recorded interviews, live performance, music and film, The Blue Boy attempts to give fresh theatrical voice to recently revealed stories of childhood abuse in Ireland.

As associate artists of the Festival, Brokentalkers are continuing the development of The Blue Boy with the support from the Cork Midsummer Festival'€™s New Works Department. Brokentalkers hope to premier the finished piece at the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in October 2011.

Supported by Festival Firsts €“ Electrifying Irish Arts and Norfolk and Norwich Festival.
Brokentakers are part of PROJECT CATALYST an initiative of Project Arts Centre.

BrokenTalkers also hope to establish and produce their play around the country and access for Every one at this stage is free of charge. So dont be afraid to go to the Cork Mid-Summer Festival and enjoy the show. Please click here to view more information.

Anything or anyone who helps to hilight the injustices within these institutions deserves to be supported. Best of Luck and future updates will appear on this site.

Right Of Place Second Chance response to the Paper Towards Healing and Renewal

Preamble;

It is important to understand that this paper is not a conclusive response to the document Towards Healing and Renewal, however it is a view based on the needs of survivors of institutional abuse, and in particular the views of Right of Place Second Chance survivors and their families. Uppermost in our minds is the necessity to alleviate the distress of financial worry and social isolation of survivors. In the past number of years, many survivors and our members have experienced new and unexpected challenges, which need our support, and assistance. Right of Place Second Chance focus is based on the needs and issues, which, continue to affect the lives of our members on an ongoing basis. It is important to acknowledge that many of our members who left these institutions, in many cases, did so with limited education and no skills. I do not need to elaborate on the consequences of this history except to say that the institutions of Prisons, Mental Health Hospitals, Graveyards, and the streets were places to which many survivors fell hostage to, resulting from the abuse suffered as children.

It is shocking that as children they should have experienced this kind of abuse, especially while in the care of Religious Orders. So, our initial response is to welcome the steps taken in this paper to once again acknowledge the hurt and pain and lack of response to the plight of survivors when it was most needed. Clearly, there is a need for further counselling funding provided to Faoiseamh and the expanded responses to support this service. This response is of some benefit to some survivors. Right of Place Second Chance would like to now respond to some of the key points in this document.

Exciting new jobs for our members!

In the present economic climate with job losses and cutbacks, it is a major achievement for the New Board of Right of Place/Second Chance to be able to offer full and part time jobs to you, our members.

However, this is not all. A new model for Right of Place is also part of this ongoing change. Basically, it has a

  1. Structure,
  2. An appeals process and
  3. an identification of the work survivors are mandated to do on your behalf.

It is the intention of the new Board to recruit the very best to work professionally to achieve the very best in welfare, health, cash settlement, education housing and life skills€“ for you.

Names, numbers and information of an outreach worker in your area will be in our next issue in January.

Division makes us weaker

We have touched on this subject before and we make no apologies for bringing it up again. Many survivors have taken the time to ask, "why so many organisations"? Some say that this is a good thing because there is variety! Right of Place/Second Chance understands this argument and believes that choice is a good thing for survivors.

Unfortunately, some of these new groups offer survivors exaggeration and bluster. This causes some difficulties for survivors whose expectation of instant justice is unrealisable. It also causes some difficulty for other organisations who are working away in the background for survivors to ensure that support services are put in place to look after survivors needs for the rest of their lives, for example in health, welfare, and in our social lives. The good news is that we will succeed, because reason and common decency wins out in the end.

We wish some survivors and the Examiner newspaper realise that pursuing Agendas that cause survivors pain and hardship should cease NOW!

New and old members

Over the past year, old and indeed new member’s details have not been put up on our database. It is important that this be corrected. If you get this News Sheet then you are ok, however, if you know of somebody who did not and would like to, then it is important that they phone Right of Place/Second Chance Free Phone 1800200709 and ask to be put on our data base.

There will be offi ces opening in all the major centres of Cork, Waterford, Limerick and Galway. Details of this development will be in our January News Sheet. We feel that having an offi ce will be important for our members and indeed all survivors who wish to avail of information on what’s happening in their area.

in a better personal life, fi nancially, and socially. Let’s build on all the positives Right of Place has achieved down through the years. What are these you may ask? Taoiseach’s apology, redress, Ryan inquiry, housing, education and Training. The list is almost endless! We ask survivors to support the good work that is being done for survivors.

Messages of support

The new Board of Right of Place/Second Chance wish to thank those survivors who have sent cards and messages of goodwill wishing the new Board success.

We will be replying to you all, and again many, many thanks; it is appreciated.

Attention Cork Survivors

Do you want to learn the very basics of computers? So, you are an absolute beginner and you don'€™t want to be learning with computer geniuses; now is the time to apply to Right of Place/ Second Chance.

Pat Sheehan VEC (who is based in Right of Place offi ces) is to commence a five-week course (two hours per week). It is free. If you want to understand how to do simple tasks on the computer like send an Email, make a free phone call to anywhere in the world or download films etc. Then phone Pat on 0860862978 or Free Phone 1800200709. Go on, you know you want to!

Welcome house us closed

The closure of Welcome House came as no surprise to most survivors. Over the years, it had served as a place where survivors and their dependents stayed, while they conducted their business with the state and solicitors. It also was a place where one could stay at a very reasonable rate for short breaks.

Sadly, it outlived its usefulness. Less and less people used it and it became diffi cult to justify its huge cost base. To all the workers who contributed to its success over the years and to all the people who enjoyed its facilities we thank you.