Social Work Discussion with Trinity College Dublin

On Monday 12th April, we ran an online workshop for second year Social Work students at Trinity College Dublin. It was facilitated by ATD members Andrew, Ciara and Dann, and Professors Erna O’Connor, Sinead Whiting and Robert Gilligan from Trinity’s School of Social Work and Social Policy.

ATD community activist Andrew speaking to the students over Zoom

The workshop began with a discussion about what poverty meant to the students. We then showed our ‘What Does Poverty Mean?’ film, made for 2020’s 17th October World Poverty Day, which was followed by a discussion on how the film relates to Social Work. The facilitators highlighted positive practice by social workers, as we did not want to exclude the many positive experiences that people have with social workers.

The second half of the workshop focused on statements from ATD community activists with direct experience of social work, including Gavin and Lorraine. They also read poetry they had written on the subject. Socio economic discrimination was discussed as an issue many faced when dealing with social workers. The unequal power dynamic between parents and social workers was highlighted, as well as the fear that many people feel towards social workers.

ATD community activist Gavin recording his section of the workshop


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The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty Demonstration

On Wednesday 10th February, we held an online demonstration of our new educational resource, The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty. This tool is based on the international participatory research project ‘The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty’ by ATD Fourth World and the University of Oxford. It aims to educate people of all ages about the findings of this report and the process of participatory involvement of those with experience of poverty. Both the report and the educational resource focus on the aspects of life in poverty that are often overlooked. Those attending the online demonstration came from a diverse range of backgrounds, including…

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Socio Economic Discrimination Must End! #10thGround

Our project entitled ‘Does it Only Happen to Me?’ contributes to the wider campaign to have socio-economic discrimination recognised as a tenth ground of discrimination in the Irish Equal Status Act. ATD Ireland recognises the wider societal benefits of a #10thGround: a more equal society, fair opportunities for all, and reduction of hurtful stereotypes and discriminatory behaviours. Our Socio-Economic Status (SES) project offers a platform for members and volunteers of ATD’s network to provide a space for people who experience socio-economic discrimination to communicate their stories. We are beginning to see our hard work pay off as the campaign to end…

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The importance of 17 October

Words by Mark Hogan I have had the privilege of participating over the last 20 years in the annual commemoration of the World Day for the Eradication of Poverty on the 17th October, first at the Famine Memorial and later at the nearby Human Rights and Poverty Stone, on the Custom House Quay, Dublin.With each passing year, I have grown in my understanding and appreciation of the significance of this important happening. For at its heart is a profound human expression which manifests itself in direct contradiction to our prevailing world order and its powerful inequitable forces. Instead, as is the norm,…

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Why is the Leave No One Behind Promise important to us?

Words from Paul (ATD Community Activist)The UN say that Leave No One Behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Why is the LNOB Promise important?The SDGs and the Leave No One Behind promise offer possibilities to everyone and give hope to the people who are often left behind. As this promise is people based and not just for the politicians, it opens the door for ordinary people to engage with and take ownership of the political process. This is heavily needed as we know government policies have a direct…

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Ad for Intern

All Together in Dignity– ATD Ireland is seeking a motivated person to join their small and dynamic team for a 3 month internship starting mid January.  The internship is designed to give an opportunity for dedicated and talented individuals to gain experience working for the eradication of poverty, the protection of human rights, the prevention of discrimination and the promotion of the Agenda 2030 through a wide variety of grassroots projects.  ATD Ireland works with people who are living in, or have experience of, extreme poverty. ATD Ireland supports those dealing with homelessness, addiction, poverty and mental health.  This internship offers a great…

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17 October National Programme 2020

The Irish 17 October Committee has some exciting news!   17 groups around the country are among those marking #17October World Day to #EndPoverty this year. Read all about it in the National #17October 2020 Programme Booklet published today.   The Committee wishes all 17 grantees every success with their World Day 17 October projects.   Supported by the DEASP @welfare_ie Public Awareness Funding scheme 2020.   See the booklet here:   #LeaveNoOneBehind  #17octIRL

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International 17 October Committee Message for UN International End Poverty Day 2020

Global Theme — “Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all ” The theme for the Day this year addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. The growing recognition of the multi-dimensionality of poverty means that these two issues are inseparably intertwined, and that social justice cannot be fully realized without aggressively rectifying environmental injustices at the same time. Whereas progress has been made in addressing income poverty, there has been less success in addressing the other important dimensions of poverty, including the rapidly growing impact of the environment, within a more holistic approach. As the…

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Donald Lee named as President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World

We are pleased to announce that Donald Lee was named president of the International Movement ATD Fourth World at its last annual general assembly. Born in Malaysia and migrating to Australia, Donald is an economist. He worked at the UN for many years, first in Bangkok, then in New York at the Division for Sustainable Development and at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. From the start he helped our New York team to mark October 17 within the UN. He became a reliable and faithful friend. For the United Nations, he was central to the evaluation and recommendations report of the…

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