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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Traffic Light Expected To Be Fixed By Friday Morning

first_imgImage ProvidedDrivers in Batesville may have noticed a faulty traffic light at a busy intersection Thursday.Officers with the Batesville Police Department have been controlling traffic throughout the afternoon and evening on S.R. 229 at the I-74 overpass.Maintenance crews are on the scene repairing a component on the light Thursday evening.The traffic signal should be working properly by the Friday morning commute. According to a Batesville Police Department spokesman, the light is expected to be repaired by midnight.last_img read more

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Rugby Championship features battles for top honours

first_imgThe 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) is drawing to a close and will feature the top four teams who will battle for a place in the finals next week Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.The semi finals to be played this Saturday at the same venue, will feature Conquerors SC, first placed on the log after the round robin phase, against Idas Sports RFC who ended fourth on the log. In the second semi final Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, last year’s Champion, who placed second on the 2015/16 log will face the third placed Dansoman Hurricanes RFC.The matches are scheduled for kickoff at 11am and 1pm and will be preceded by various development activities including a training session for kids, matches between boys and girls, a match between two women’s 7s teams and a match between two second division teams.The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Mr. Herbert Mensah, said that he was impressed with the quality and level of Rugby displayed at the 2015/16 GRCC matches.“My administration and I would like to firstly again express our sincere condolences to World Rugby and the family and loved ones of Mr. Jean-Luc Barthe, Rugby Services Manager (Africa), who sadly and untimely passed away yesterday  in his home near Castres in France. He has served Rugby on the continent of Africa for the last fourteen years and will be missed by all,” Mr. Mensah said.“Rugby in Ghana has made noticeable progress since the 2014/15 Championship and even though there is ample space for further improvement it is gratifying to see that there is movement in the right direction,” Mr. Mensah said. According to Mr. Mensah his administration has identified a set of key strategic priorities for Ghana Rugby that include Best practice governance, overcoming the development dilemma – funding and resources, improving technical capabilities, improving and extending domestic competitions, international match exposure, grassroots or “Get Into Rugby” development and Women’s Rugby.Mr. Mensah continued to say,“Ghana Rugby is in an embryonic phase if you consider that a country like England has been affiliated to World Rugby for 126 years while Ghana Rugby only affiliated in 2004 or 114 years after England. That is, however, no excuse as long as the whole Rugby Family in Ghana focuses on the priorities and in fact schedule the priorities instead of just prioritising schedules. We have to do the right things right the first time!”  The action of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship will continue this Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium with the semi finals featuring Conquerors SC, first placed on the log after the round robin phase, against Idas Sports RFC who ended fourth on the log. In the second semi final Cosmos Buffaloes RFC, last year’s Champion, who placed second on the 2015/16 log will face the third placed Dansoman Hurricanes RFC.   The GRCC matches are scheduled for kickoff at 11am and 1pm and will be preceded by various development activities including a training session for kids, matches between boys and girls, a match between two women’s 7s teams and a match between two second division teams.  Women’s Rugby is one of the strategic priorities of the Herbert Mensah led administration and will receive a lot of attention in the 2016/17 season.last_img read more

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