2016

Press Release & photos : Friday October 28th:

Claire Byrne RTE Broadcaster to launch women’s homeless charity ‘Have a Cuppa’  on November 1st

‘Have a Cuppa’ and help save a woman’s life. Daisyhouse Housing Association seeks major support.

The Dublin homeless women’s charity, Daisyhouse Housing Association, is encouraging companies, schools, community groups, organisations and the general public to hold a ‘Have a Cuppa’ for Daisyhouse event 1st – 6th of November to help raise essential funds to support women to break the cycle of homelessness.

The Association is asking that these fundraising events be held across the country. Details can be found on the website www.daisyhouse.org by contacting 01 454 6078 or e-mail haveacuppa@daisyhouse.org

According to Daisyhouse Ambassador, RTE broadcaster Claire Byrne: The work that Daisyhouse does in supporting women out of homelessness is unique – it breaks the cycle of homelessness and violence and empowers them to move on to independent living. The “Have a Cuppa” for Daisyhouse campaign will raise much needed funds to enable Daisyhouse to continue to support these brave and powerful women.

Clare Byrne will be launching “Have a Cuppa”for Daisyhouse, 1st November 12pm – 1pm in HOUSE, 27 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2. People are being asked to host events in their homes, workplaces and communities and to serve a cuppa tea, coffee, soup, chocolate or anything at all in exchange for donations.

Women become homeless for different reasons domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual violence, addiction, ill health, relationship breakdown, human trafficking, loss of income, coming out of care and other complex traumas. Most of the women who are referred to us have faced a combination of these challenges.

When this happens, they need support, time and a safe space where they can rebuild from the trauma of their experience, feel safe and secure and, in time, move forward in their lives to safe, sustainable, independent living.

Our Supported Temporary Accommodation and 18+ month Personal Support Programmes are individually tailored to support and empower these women to rebuild their lived and leave homelessness behind them. Daisyhouse supports women out of homelessness.

Orla Gilroy, Daisyhouse CEO, said: This is our 2nd “Have a Cuppa”. In 2015, we raised over €20,000. This money funded Health and Wellness Programmes and Education and Training Programmes for the residents of Daisyhouse. These programmes changed lives. Your support can change lives. There is a chance someone you known may be affected by domestic abuse or addiction.

The cost of a full Personal Support Programme with Supported Accommodation for one woman for one month in 2015 was €985.41 . This campaign is to generate as much income as possible to allow us to continue to provide these Programmes. We would urge everyone to turn their daily cuppa into a worthy fundraising initiative. With your support these women can leave homelessness behind.

The campaign is supported by Pinergy whose Director Peter Bastable said: Pinergy has been a supporter of Daisyhouse since the beginning as we can see what a vital service they provide to homeless women in Ireland. These women have faced many challenges in their lives and the support provided to them by Daisyhouse is life changing.

We are delighted to have a longstanding relationship with Daisyhouse and work with them on a budgeting and money management programme, empowering their residents to manage and control their energy usage and costs. For many, the ability to do this can be taken for granted, however these simple skills help their residents learn to live independently. We are delighted to see the difference that our Pinergy systems have made to these residents, and the organisations costs.

We are very proud to support Daisyhouse as they launch their second national fundraising and awareness campaign, and we know that public support of “Have a Cuppa” will go a long way within the company.

Please take 5 minutes to hear from two past residents http://daisyhouse.org/video to understand how our work helped them.

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For further information, contact: Orla Gilroy. CEO. Daisyhouse Housing Association. 01 454 6078 or 085 858 8396 or orlagilroy@daisyhouse.org www.daisyhouse.org

Notes to editors:
Daisyhouse is a 27-year-old Approved Housing Body and registered charity supporting women out of homelessness. We do this through the provision of personally tailored Personal Support Programmes and Supported Temporary Accommodation for 18+months. The women we work with and support have endured years of complex traumas. They need time to heal. Providing a safe space is only part of what is required for them to move forward with their lives. A supportive tailored holistic approach to their individual needs empowers them to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind.

Text daisy to 50300 to donate €4
Text costs €4. Daisyhouse will receive a minimum of €3.25.
Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.

Caption: Claire Byrne, RTE Broadcaster, pictured on Sandymount Strand to help the Dublin homeless women’s charity Daisyhouse to encourage companies, schools, community groups, organisations and the general public to hold a “Have a Cuppa” for Daisyhouse event 1st – 6th of November to raise essential funds to support women to break the cycle of homelessness. Details can be found on the website www.daisyhouse.org by contacting 01 454 6078.

Contact Marc O’Sullivan, at 087 262 4540 and marc@marcosullivan.ie. for photographs. Caption embedded, and at bottom of press release.

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2015

Daisyhouse Housing Association is looking for you to support their
“Have a Cuppa” for Daisyhouse initiative.

 

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Dublin homeless women’s charity, Daisyhouse, is encouraging companies, schools, community groups, organisations and the general public to hold their own Have a Cuppa for Daisyhouse event to help raise essential funds to support women to break the cycle of homelessness. The fundraising events, which the Association hopes will be held across the country, will take place from the 1st – 7th of November. Details can be found on the website, www.haveacuppa.daisyhouse.org or by contacting Rita on 01 454 6078 or e-mail haveacuppa@daisyhouse.org

According to Daisyhouse Ambassador, the RTE broadcaster Claire Byrne: The work that Daisyhouse does in supporting women out of homelessness is unique “ it breaks the cycle of homelessness and violence and empowers them to move on to independent living. The “Have a Cuppa for Daisyhouse” campaign will raise much needed funds to enable Daisyhouse to continue to support these brave and powerful women.

Clare Byrne will be speaking at the launch event of “Have a Cuppa for Daisyhouse” 29th October 11am-12pm in House, 27 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2.

Women become homeless for a variety of reasons such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, ill health, addiction, relationship breakdown, trafficking or loss of income. When this happens, they need a safe space where they can recover from the trauma of their experiences, feel safe and secure and, in time, move forward with their lives. Our Supported Temporary Accommodation and 18+ month Personal Support Programmes are individually tailored to support and empower these women to rebuild their lived and move onto independent living.

Orla Gilroy, Daisyhouse CEO, said: Daisyhouse has 26 years experience working with and supporting homeless women. The women who come to us have many complex needs having typically endured years of trauma. They need time to heal and providing a safe space is only part of what is required to move forward with their lives. A supportive tailored approach to their individual needs empowers them to improve their lives and leave homelessness behind them.

The cost of a Support Programme for one woman for one month is €853.86 and the aim of this campaign is to generate as much income as possible to allow us to dramatically increase the number of women to whom we can offer our Support Programme. We would urge companies, communities and people to turn their daily ritual of having a cuppa into a very worthy fundraising initiative. With your support these women can leave homelessness behind.

“Have a Cuppa for Daisyhouse” campaign is proudly supported by eir.
Carolan Lennon, Managing Director Wholesale open eir: Daisyhouse provides a vital service to women who are suffering through homelessness in our local community. Through our work with Dairyhouse we understand that if you can help a woman break out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness, she can learn the tools to begin to live independently again then she can once again, begin to move forward in her life. We are very proud to support Daisyhouse as they launch their first national fundraising and awareness campaign; we want to ensure that they continue to deliver theses essential services for the many women who depend on them.

Dasyhouse would like to thank HOUSE, the Leeson St venue, for sponsoring our launch event.

#HaveACuppa

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For further information contact:
Orla Gilroy. CEO. Daisyhouse Housing Association. 01 454 6078 or 085 858 8396 or orlagilroy@daisyhouse.org
www.daisyhouse.org

Notes to editors:
Daisyhouse Housing Association is a 26 year old housing charity providing personally tailored Support Programmes and Supported Temporary Accommodation for 18+months to women who are homeless, supporting and empowering them to move onto independent living. Daisyhouse was founded in 1989 by the late Sr Una McCourtney CSJP (1935-1996) with the help of her sister Eilish, former President, Mary Robinson and Ita Kelly.


 

June: RTE Broadcaster Claire Byrne becomes Ambassador for homeless women’s charity

The RTE broadcaster Claire Byrne has agreed to become an ambassador for Daisyhouse Housing Association, a non-Government Funded charity which provides safe Supported Temporary Accommodation and uniquely tailored Personal Support Programmes for women who are experiencing homelessness for 18 month periods.

Ms Byrne will champion the cause of Daisyhouse and of the vulnerable women who use its services, as they seek to grow public support and to raise funds. Daisyhouse works with women who have faced extraordinary difficulties in their lives, helping them rebuild their lives and supporting them to live full, productive and happy lives’ said Ms Byrne. I am honored and excited to be part of Daisyhouse. I have met the women who live there and their commitment and strength is truly inspiring. I am looking forward to many years of partnership with them and Daisyhouse.

Daisyhouse provides safe Supported Temporary Accommodation to 15 women at any one time, and provides uniquely tailored Personal Support Programmes that empowers them and enables them to move onto permanent independent sustainable living. This includes care, respect, nurturing, a safe space and time, counselling, guidance on budgeting, life skills, mental health support, further education options, and advice on how to access services etc. Daisyhouse also provides permanent social housing for 5 men and 7 women.

According to the CEO of Daisyhouse Orla Gilroy: We are thrilled to have a person of Claire’s standing as an ambassador. We are hugely grateful for the deep interest she has shown in our work and for the time she has devoted to developing a deep understanding of the issues facing those who use our services, and the work we do to support them. She has really embraced us and we are deeply grateful for that. Her involvement with Daisyhouse will
boost our profile and grow awareness of the importance of the work we do.”

Text DAISYHOUSE to 50300 to donate €4. 100% of text cost goes to Daisyhouse Housing Association across most network operators. Some providers apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 will go to Daisyhouse Housing Association. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278

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Photo by Marc O’Sullivan


2014

Leinster and Ireland’s Richardt Strauss becomes Ambassador for homeless women’s charity

Player says he is attracted by Daisyhouse commitment to long-term change

November 10th 2014: Leinster and Ireland rugby international Richardt Strauss has agreed to become the official ambassador for the charity Daisyhouse which provides supported temporary accommodation for women experiencing homelessness.

South African born Richardt Strauss will represent the organisation as it seeks public support and works to raise funds for its services to vulnerable women. “Daisyhouse doesn’t just give people a hand out, but gives them a hand up, and that’s what attracted me to them,” said Strauss. “It links people who have been having a difficult time to education, to training and to other services, helping them find a route to get out of homelessness permanently.”

Daisyhouse currently provides temporary accommodation to 15 women, and also gives them supports to enable them to move onto permanent independent living. This includes counseling, guidance on budgeting, further education options, and advice on how to access services. Daisyhouse also provides permanent social housing for 5 men and 7 women.

The hip hop artist and poet Temper-Mental Miss Elayneous (born Elayne Harrington), a user of Daisyhouse services, attended the announcement of Richardt Strauss’ involvement. A star of RTE’s current Connected series, she said: Having been homeless myself I know that homelessness does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone if the social structures that protect us and prevent homelessness aren’t kept secure.

“Stigmatising prejudices about poverty skew public perceptions of the issue. Homelessness can hit anyone, any time, and can hit them hard. Don’t believe the stereotype! Daisyhouse gave me a safe place to call home and a pathway to a freedom that I had feared was lost.”

According to the CEO of Daisyhouse Orla Gilroy: “We are honored that a player of Richardt’s calibre has shown such interest in our work and agreed to be our ambassador. His involvement with Daisyhouse will boost our profile and grow awareness of the importance of the work we do.”

Capped four times for Ireland, Strauss has played for Leinster since 2009 and has won two Heineken Cup winners medals, two Rabo Direct PRO 12 winner’s medals and one Amlin Cup winner’s medal with the province.

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