Novas boss highlights quality of Limerick homeless service

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesshomelessnesslimerickLimerick Homeless Action TeamMichael GouldingNovas Email Advertisement Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Twittercenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsNovas boss highlights quality of Limerick homeless serviceBy Alan Jacques – January 21, 2017 1801 Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleNew boss at Lero research centreNext articleMunster secure home quarter final with victory over Racing 92 at Thomond Park Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Novas CEO Michael Goulding.Novas CEO Michael Goulding.WHILE Apollo House in Dublin has highlighted some poor standards of accommodation for homeless people, Limerick-based voluntary agency Novas is eager to highlight the quality services it provides to all its clients in its Supported Temporary Accommodation services (STA).Chief executive Michael Goulding says that the issue of ‘single rooms for single individuals’ has been a priority for Novas for a long time.We prioritised the provision of single rooms and in all but two rooms at Arlington Lodge in Tralee, we achieved this,” he told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In Limerick, Novas’ McGarry House provides 40 single units of STA accommodation. The service also provides long-term apartments for tenants requiring a degree of support to maintain independent living.In Brother Russell House, which won Best Homeless Project at the ISCH Awards in 2015, all accommodation in also provided in single, en-suite rooms. Mr Goulding stated that Novas “thoroughly believes that single units of accommodation provide privacy and security and ultimately provide better outcomes for individuals and more sustainable pathways out of homelessness”.“Clients know that this is their home for up to six months so the anxiety of where they are going to sleep from night to night has been removed,” he explained.As well as the provision of single units of accommodation, all clients are allocated key-workers who provide ongoing support around their mental health, addiction and family breakdown and individualised care plans are developed.However, a recent Winter Beds Initiative opened by Novas in partnership with the Limerick Homeless Action Team does provide shared bedrooms. This service was an immediate response to the spike in rough sleeping in the city.“While the sleeping arrangements are not ideal, the service took people off the streets and prevented the need for any rough sleeping. It is only a temporary arrangement, until the end of March, and in the meantime Novas are working to provide long-term solutions for the clients who avail of the service. The Novas Housing First Team are working tirelessly to locate apartments and houses for those that are using both the STA units in McGarry House and the Winter Beds Initiative.”The Winter Beds Initiative is one of a range of services provided by Novas to homeless people during this particularly cold spell. McGarry House is also extending its capacity by four during the coming weekend to accommodate any overspill. Its Street Outreach will provide outreach support each evening and is a vital access point for some of the city’s most vulnerable homeless people.Novas also operates a 24-hour helpline in conjunction with the Homeless Action Team for those who find themselves out of home. This number is 1800 60 60 60. The organisation urges anyone who sees someone rough sleeping over the weekend to contact this number.by Alan [email protected]last_img read more

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FARC and Colombian Government Peace Talks Move Forward

first_imgBy Dialogo December 21, 2012 The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) stated on December 19 that the peace talks in Havana were held “on a positive note” during their first month, in which both delegations were “presenting their arguments” to put an end to the armed conflict. “The meetings have been held on a positive note of respectful discussion. Arguments have been presented and popular concerns are being gathered,” Jesús Santrich, a guerrilla negotiator, told the press before starting the talks in Havana’s Convention Palace. Santrich highlighted “the successful development of the Integral Agrarian Development policy forum, which concluded on December 19 in Bogotá with the participation of 1,200 delegates, and the proposals of which will be submitted to FARC and government representatives on January 8, in Havana. During that forum, which started on December 17, “the most popular organizations have expressed their deep concern for the landownership policy of the Colombian agrarian system” and the need for “strengthening small and medium sized estates,” the insurgent added. Since the talks started on November 19 in Havana, conversations have been aimed at the agrarian issue, the origin of the armed conflict in Colombia that has lasted for almost half a century, and which caused about 600,000 deaths, 15,000 missing, and four million displaced people, according to official data. The agenda also includes the following topics: illicit drugs, political participation, disarmament, and victims reparations. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that the conversation should conclude in November 2013 at the latest, one year after it started.last_img read more

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