12 Nov

Meet ATD Ireland’s Board of Management at the occasion of Irish Trustees’ Week

Ireland’s second Trustees’ Week takes place from Monday Nov 12th to Friday Nov 16th.

It aims to recognise and celebrate the key role which volunteer charity trustees play in the governance and leadership of charities across Ireland. It also seeks to encourage more people to become trustees and to highlight the importance of good governance of boards, promote the need for a thorough knowledge of trustees’ roles and responsibilities, education and upskilling of trustees.

ATD volunteers and staff members from the ATD International volunteer corps are happy to mark the week, being organised by the Charities Regulator, The Wheel, Charities Institute Ireland, Dóchas, the Carmichael Centre, Boardmatch Ireland and Volunteer Ireland.

By celebrating Trustees’ Week we want thank our trustees for the key role which they play in the governance and administration of ATD Ireland. To discuss with many members and friends of ATD with the hope that new trustees may come forward in the future. Each year at our AGM in May, the board welcomes new directors!

At the occasion of the second Irish Trustees’ Week, meet our Board!

Laoise Talty
I am currently working in a Family Hub as a Housing Case Worker supporting families experiencing homelessness. I started to get to know ATD as an intern in September 2016 after finishing my Masters. After completing a three month intern programme, I was happy to stay on for a year to get to know more about the work of ATD. During my year at ATD I was part of the ‘Stories of Change’ project where we supported people to write about their lives. This was a brilliant project which resulted in compiling the book ‘If only you knew’, a collection of short stories. While at ATD I got to meet families who had been through great hardships. Their strength and determination to constantly work towards a better life for themselves and their families is one of the things that has encouraged me to pursue a career in social care and most importantly supporting families.

Gail Seekamp
Originally a journalist, who started her career in Mexico, I currently work in the not-for-profit sector after fifteen years as a public servant. A life-long learner, I commit to giving my best to each charity that I contribute to, including ATD Ireland.  That includes upholding principles of good Governance.  I have been a volunteer for 25 years and have enjoyed each role, be it environmental work, adult literacy, or information/media. I have been involved with ATD Ireland since 2015, volunteering on projects that aim to give a voice to people who suffer poverty and exclusion, recognise their talents and share their stories with society as a whole. I was originally drawn by ATD’s global perspective. Thanks to my involvement, I have met people from across the world who are committed to social justice. I currently also serve on ATD Fourth World’s international board as delegate from Ireland.

Elaine Phelan
I am a social care worker of 20 years experience, working with people from diverse social backgrounds and primarily in homelessness and housing based projects. Having studied a Masters in Social Policy in 2005, I co-authored an article published in the journal Critical Social Policy on the governance of homelessness in Dublin. Coming across ATD Ireland over 10 years ago, I am happy to have become one of their first employees from January 2016 to March 2017. I continue to be involved in various regular ATD activities, including the uplifting singing group. I remain constantly challenged and warmed by the heart, values and action of ATD Ireland and ATD abroad in the alleviation of hardship and poverty.

Marie Williams
I’m is the director of the Dominican Justice Office, where I coordinate a peer-support project and network for women seeking asylum in Ireland and who live in the Direct Provision system. I hope my extensive experience in community development and project management in the area of intercultural integration, human rights and anti-racism supports the work of ATD Ireland. I’m passionate about Restorative Justice, Mediation and Conflict Intervention, and for over seven years was a Board member of Facing Forward, a voluntary organisation that promotes restorative practices, with a focus on serious crime. During this time, I worked as researcher for the report ‘Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities?’, a joint initiative between UCD and Facing Forward.

Isabelle Pypaert Perrin
I’m native of Belgium. I joined the ATD International Volunteer Corps in 1981 and have since worked in many different countries in addition to Belgium. I helped build ATD local projects in a number of different cultural contexts in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia. Particularly formative for me was the opportunity to be in ATD founder Joseph Wresinski’s personal assistants team for several years. Through my work with him, I saw how ATD’s people-centred work grows, person by person. I first joined the ATD International Leadership Team in 2008 and in 2012 I was asked by dedicated Committee of members of ATD to take the role of International Director General.

Juliette Péchenart
I am a French national who has been living and working in Ireland for nearly forty years. I retired from Dublin City University in September 2017 where I lectured in French and Business Ethics through French and chaired various BA’s. I started volunteering with ATD Ireland in 2015 as I was already familiar with the meaningful work of ATD in France. I’m inspired and humbled by the people I meet through ATD Ireland. In 2017 I was involved in the ‘If only you knew – Stories of change’ project. This is such a powerful testimony of courage, dignity and hope in the face of exclusion and adversity. It was also a great achievement for me and many other to prepare and edit “Voices for Dignity” throughout 2018.

Gerald Doherty (Chairperson)
I have been involved with ATD International in Ireland since 2001, and I joined ATD’s Board in 2009 when the charity ATD Ireland was eventually registered in Dublin. Originally a biochemist, I became increasingly interested in social justice issues from the mid-1980s. I spent 15 years in the Dublin Simon Community as a part-time and full-time volunteer. In 1994 I gave up biochemistry to become a community worker. Since then, most of my work has been in the Dublin 1 area. I believe very strongly that we need to work towards economic and social equality, and that we have to collectively change how we live if we want to stay on this planet. I think the first step in all of this is to deepen democracy: that means always looking for new ways to give people a say in the decisions that affect them.

Hugh Frazer
I spent most of my career working to combat poverty and social exclusion and promote community development. I’m really passionate about achieving a more inclusive, just, sustainable and equal society. I started as a community worker in Belfast, later I became director of both the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust and the Combat Poverty Agency. Today I serve as an expert in the European Commission and coordinator of EU-wide networks of experts on poverty and social policy. I have written extensively about poverty, community development and community relations and I train students as adjunct professor in Maynooth University. In my spare time (when I find it) I paint.

Martin Byrne (Secretary)
I’ve been involved for the past thirty years as a Christian Brother in community education in Dublin’s inner city. My interests include being a Presidents Awards Leader, a participant in the North Wall Folk Group and being a regular, slow jogger. For the past twenty years, in collaboration with the North Wall community, we have annually published books of local stories in an urban, contextual theology genre. Besides acting as a Board Member with ATD Fourth World Ireland, I serve on the Advisory Committee of the Margaret Alyward Centre for Faith and Dialogue.

  
29 Oct

Ireland marked the 2018 UN End Poverty Day

In October 2018, over 15 events were organised around Ireland to mark the 2018 UN End Poverty Day.

The 2018 observance marked the 25th anniversary of the observance of the UN Day since its recognition by the UN in December 1992.
In Dublin it marked the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the End Poverty Day Stone next to the Famine Statues.
The 2018 Observance took place in a year when the world remembers the legacy of key social justice leaders, among them: Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Joseph Wresinski.
2018 is also the year of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Discover the 2018 gallery of pictures and video about the End Poverty Day events in Ireland here!

Download the national programme events here!

  
21 Oct

Walk As One For A Human Rights Approach To Social Inclusion!

17 November 2018 will mark the 1st anniversary of the adoption by the EU of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

10 December 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

November or December 2018 will also be the time of consultation on the final draft of the new Irish National Plan For Social Inclusion!

It’s is time to Walk As One to develop a comprehensive Human Rights and Equality based approach of Social Inclusion and make the new National Plan the best ever!

Add your name to the list of citizens ready to contribute to this enterprise! It is only impossible until it’s done!

Visit www.walkasone.ie!

 

 

 

  
07 Oct

Voices for Dignity – Sing along with ATD on the 2018 End Poverty Day

Download Voices for Dignity – the book

Hard copies can be ordered for €15 (covering print and postage for Ireland)
via e-mail committee@17october.ie

Watch Voices for Dignity – the video

“Voices for Dignity” is an event, a book and also a 12 minutes video including images of the annual community gathering at the Dublin Human Rights and Poverty Stone unveiled on the 17 October 2008 on UN End Poverty Day. The video was prepared by a volunteer of ATD Ireland, Coraline Guyot, in spring 2018 ahead of the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the Dublin Stone.

 

  
21 Sep

The first Irish ‘Leave No One Behind’ Summit

Download here the Working Paper
presented at the Summit!

Read here the message of President Michael D Higgins to the participants in the Summit!

Watch the video message from David Donoghue recorded for the Summit!

On Tuesday 17th April 2018, the partners of the Make Ireland Sustainable for All held the first national conference on the Sustainable Development Goals, Human Development and Inequalities. At the conference, David Donoghue, co-facilitator in 2015 of the historic UN agreement on the Agenda 2030, launched the ATD Ireland project: the “Leave No One Behind” Conversations.

The Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the ‘Leave No One Behind’ promise provide the tools to achieve dignity and equality for every human being on this planet by 2030. Commitment and robust implementation of this Agenda is needed, however, to ensure that the plan is achieved for all people, in particular the most vulnerable. Ireland has fully committed to this global agenda, but what does this mean in practice?

With the first series of “Leave No One Behind” Conversations  ATD wanted to involve citizens from all walks of life (youths, adults – including people with experience of poverty and marginalisation) to take part in conversations and help in the design of “Leave No One Behind: Walking the Talk”, a working paper presenting ways to create inclusive communities.
The questions discussed during the conversations were:
1. What does the Leave No One Behind Promise mean to you?
2. How convinced are you? Do you think it’s possible? What challenges do you envision
in keeping the Promise?
3. What steps can we take in our own lives and in our own communities?


The calendar of ATD’s work is as follows:
17 April: launch of the project
May-August: 10 debates  organised in the country
September: design of the “Leave No One Behind: Walking the Talk Working Paper”
16 October: the Leave No One Behind Summit as the world marks the #ZeroHunger and #EndPoverty Days (Working Paper to be presented at the Summit available here!)

You can now register to attend the “Leave No One Behind Summit

The project is co-funded by Concern and the ATD Foundation, Paris.

Visit www.LeaveNoOneBehind.ie
Download the leaflet about the project here!
Download the project’s banner here!
Download here the project Working Paper!

  
21 Sep

Mark the 3rd Anniversary of the Leave No One Behind Promise with ATD!

The 25th September 2018 marks the 3rd anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes the 17 Goals, the Leave No One Behind Promise and the recognition that poverty is the key issue to address for a better future for people and the planet.
Worldwide this day is marked as a Global Day of Action, under the #Act4SDGs Campaign www.act4sdgs.org
Major events will take place in New York and at the United Nations to reinforce the commitments towards this transformative and needed agenda to secure a better future for all. The Tanaiste Simon Coveney will be joining the annual global Central Park concert which is marking this anniversary. He will speak at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in Central New York City on 29th Sept and will be seen live worldwide.
Since 2015 ATD Ireland has been one of the leading organisations among members of Coalition 2030 to make sure people and NGOs come together and mark this day by running street actions in Dublin and raising awareness among the Irish public of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2018, on Tuesday 25th September 2018, ATD and the Coalition 2030 invite Irish citizens to rally from 1pm to 2.15pm under the motto: “17 Global Goals and one Promise: to Leave No One Behind”. The gathering will start on O’Connell Bridge and the participants will then march to the Garden of Remembrance
At 1.17pm (1 promise, 17 goals) a historic photo with Ambassadors, Coalition 2030 members, special guests and citizens joining the rally will be taken from the O’Connell Bridge. The picture will include a giant banner displayed on the Rosie Hackett Bridge.

For ATD, the day will be the occasion to announce the “Leave No One Behind Summit” which will take place on Zero Hunger Day – Goal 2, and one day before End Poverty Day – Goal 1 (16 October is World Food Day and 17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty). To register for the Summit, visit www.eventbrite.ie

  
18 Sep

From Isolation to Celebration – ATD Ireland at the 2018 Recovery Walk!

On Saturday 15th September 2018, ATD volunteers joined friend organisations such as NWICTDP or SAOL to walk the Dublin Recovery Walk (an annual event marking the world recovery months).

ATD volunteers prepared posters and coined their mottos! “From Isolation to Celebration”, “Support Recovery, End Poverty”, “My Voice, My Choice, My Recovery”, “Our Recovery Matters too”!

During the final rally, ATD members were able to speak to Minister Catherine Murphy and they also took time to run a “Your Rights Are Written in Stone” workshop ahead of End Poverty Day 2018 on 17 October!

Here are some pictures of the walk and the rally in Merrion Square. Thank you to the organisers!

  
09 Sep

Young ATD volunteers meet UN Deputy Secretary General and the Tánaiste

On Friday 7th September 2018, Kaydee, Loraine and Andrew from the ATD Youth Group “Unity in the Community” met UN Deputy Secretary General Amina J Mohammed and Tánaiste Minister of Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

They explained to both of them the project run by them earlier in the year entitled “Ireland, I have a dream”. See www.ihaveadream.ie

The meeting took place at the Iveagh House during an event co-organised by DFAT, Irish Aid and National Youth Council of Ireland.

On the same day the Tánaiste and the Minister Cannon confirmed support for UN reform as the UN Deputy Secretary General was visiting Ireland. They announced a pledge of €1 million in support of the reform efforts of the United Nations Development System. “In my meeting with the UN Deputy Secretary General Mohammed today, I stressed Ireland’s support for a more effective, efficient and results-focused UN approach, given the key role the UN is playing in making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for everyone, everywhere. This is in keeping with Ireland’s consistent support for the United Nations and our core belief that small countries can and should take a leadership role in the UN organisation.” said Simon Coveney. Minister Cannon added: “Ireland is happy to play its part in helping to fund these crucial UN reforms. I have seen in my recent visits to Africa and elsewhere that the UN teams are working around the clock to respond to humanitarian emergencies, to support long-term development, to preserve peace and to ensure human rights. Our funding today will complement the strong support Ireland provides to the UN Development System – and make it work better for those most in need.”

  
02 Sep

Remembering Phil Barbier

Phil conducted hundreds of wire workshops – here in Dublin

It is with great sadness that the ATD International leadership team announced that Phil Barbier passed away on Sunday 1st July in Montreal, where he and his wife Françoise have been living since August 2016.

Most of ATD’s Irish friends remember that Phil and Françoise worked in the ATD Dublin team from 2006 to 2011. They lived in Dublin with their 3 daughters Amelie, Sophie and Zoe.

Phil was 26 when he joined the ATD International Volunteer Corps in 1985, after a few years working as a youth leader in Mons, the last place where he had been put in foster care in his country, Belgium.

Alone and then with Françoise, a volunteer passionate about creating links that free people from extreme poverty, like himself, Phil joined many ATD teams, in Lille, Reims, Dakar, the Movement’s international centre, Frimhurst, Brussels, Liège, Reunion Island, Dublin, Montreal…

Many of us in Ireland met him in Dublin or at international events where he proposed to participate in one of his metal wire workshops. Phil was passionate about facilitating and supporting encounters; it was one of his driving forces! And that’s what pushed him to create, to invite others to create together.

Phil conducted hundreds of wire workshops in different countries. In Switzerland, using stones sent by Tapori children from all over the world, he and other ATD members created a sculpture “My heart is in this stone”, which is still on display at the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

In March 2018 in Montreal Phil learned that he was suffering from cancer. Although this was already at an advanced stage, he wanted to continue working and teaming up with others as much as he could, while fighting the disease. Phil wanted to finish a book about his childhood and youth in institutions, about the extreme violence he had experienced but also how, in spite of all this, he had built his life as an adult.  With this book, to be published in French in 2019, Phil wanted to continue to pass on to ATD members and to a larger audience his passion for bringing about genuine encounters, for overcoming the exclusion provoked by the fear of others, and for continuing to build a movement of people against poverty and marginalisation.

Phil’s funeral involved several stages, in Montreal, in Mons (Belgium) – the town where he was born, and in ATD Headquarter in France on 1st September 2018.

Here is the message prepared by ATD Ireland for the 1st September memorial service.

Phil with his 3 daughters Sophie, Zoe and Amelie – 17 October 2008