Poverty Aware Practice with Trinity Social Work masters students

On Wednesday the 30th of November, ATD activists Andrew, Gavin, Christina and Jimmy alongside ATD staff headed to Trinity College to present a two hour Poverty Aware Practice module to 15 masters social work students. The purpose of the module is to share lived experiences of the social care system and give students an insight into what good practice in social work looks like. “Poverty is not inevitable, human beings can end it” - Joseph Wresinski As this was a smaller class then usual and held in a seminar room rather than a lecture hall, it allowed for a different, more…

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Christmas appeal

Dear friends of ATD Ireland,Thank you very much for your ongoing support and engagement with our work. It is greatly appreciated. This Christmas, we would like to ask you to please consider donating on a one- time or monthly basis to support our work alongside families and individuals struggling with poverty. ATD Ireland continue to work to support people enduring the worst effects of poverty and socio- economic discrimination. Creative projects such as Lockdown Liberties give people living in poverty an outlet to express their experiences The underlying goals of ATD Ireland are to offer people a platform for their voice…

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Poverty Aware Practice at UCD

On Thursday, November 17th, ATD Ireland headed to University College Dublin to teach a two-hour module to social work students. This module is called ‘Poverty Aware Practice’ and aims as always to center those with experience with poverty and social workers. Four community activists joined us: Paul, Gavin, Lorraine, and Andrew.  The purpose of the module is to give students an insight into what good practice in social work looks like.  This module has been designed to be structured to an extent, yet with some flexibility.  It consists of presentation slides which guided the conversation, however, it was not restricting. The…

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Launch of the ATD film – Through Our Lens at Last: The stories of socio – economic discrimination untold

On Friday the 11th of November, ATD Ireland launched their new film, funded by IHREC - Through Our Lens At Last: the stories of socio - economic discrimination untold. The film launch took place at DALC, and was attended to by over 30 people. We are very thankful to DALC for providing us with the space to showcase our work as well as to all those who came to witness the showing of this production.  Thank you very much to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission for funding this project. We are also thoroughly grateful to all the interviewees who…

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Interview with Nessan Vaughan

Nessan is a social justice worker and a friend of ATD. He is involved with other organisations including The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Northside Partnership, and Lourdes Youth and Community Services. He was MC for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty event on October 17th 2022.When asked why the 17th of October is important to him, he says that “it highlights the issue of poverty.” Nessan likes that ATD always “gives prominence to the voice of the people who have experienced poverty or have life experience in poverty” which is especially seen on October 17th. Nessan described…

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Community Activist Gavin on Socio- Economic Discrimination

Gavin is one of ATD Ireland’s community activists. He has done many things for ATD including speaking at Trinity to social work students, writing for the Lockdown Liberties poetry and spoken word project, speaking at UN events and taking part in numerous other projects. He is in the new feature film by ATD Ireland: Through our Lens at Last: The Stories of Socio-Economic Discrimination Untold. Gavin comes from an area of Dublin called Darndale. The town has a negative image in the news and from wider society. He says that “the media and all would always write articles like Darndale did…

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Community Activist Andrew at the UN in New York

On October 15th, community activist Andrew and Mark Hogan, long- term ally with ATD Ireland, headed to New York. Andrew was asked to speak at a UN event that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. He has previously given an address to the UN via zoom which is how he was invited. Mark describes the morning saying that “family members and partners of ATD began to gather in the First Avenue House. Over coffee and bagels, old acquaintances were renewed, and new relationships were started. We travelled together by bus to the United Nations,…

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LNOB series 3- mindfulness in Donegal

Our Leave No One Behind Series 3 workshops have now begun.  SDG 3 - Health and Wellbeing is at the core of this series, as SDG 3 and SDG 1 No poverty emerged as two of the goals most significant to the participants of Leave No One Behind Series 2.  In particular, we uncovered the connection between these two goals.  In light of this, Leave No One Behind Series 3 will focus on positive actions taking place around the country which aim to improve the health and wellbeing in local communities- putting these goals into practice. To begin series 3, ATD staff…

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Poverty Aware Practice

Following on from the development of our Hidden Dimensions of Poverty educational resource app, ATD Ireland have also developed a 'Poverty Aware Practice' module in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin.  We have also recently delivered this module an the Irish Association of Social Workers conference and hope to bring it to other groups in the future.  This module is based on the Hidden dimensions of poverty international research and is led by ATD community activists with lived experience of poverty and socio - economic discrimination. The module is comprised of testimonies based on lived experience, group exercises, a presentation and an…

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Irish Association of Social Workers Conference

On 21st October ATD community activists presented at a conference organised by the Irish Association of Social Workers.  The theme of the conference was ‘Accelerating inequalities, impossible choices: Exploring anti- poverty practice in social work’. This conference provided space for discussion on how those working within social work can better address the needs of those experiencing poverty, and the need for more inclusive methods when working with those experiencing poverty.  “The conference is an opportunity for the profession to take a pause to consider how best to respond to the inequality we witness every day, to speak up for social justice,…

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