21st March 2007
The Homeless Girls Society, Sherrard House, Dublin 1, has received a vital donation of over EUR21,500, from the AIB Better Ireland Programme. This funding will see the restoration and repair of the buildings existing sash windows, making Sherrard House more comfortable for the young girls benefiting from their services.
Opened in 1972, in response to the growing number of young girls who were unable to live at home, the Homeless Girls Society has since continued to provide accommodation for young girls who are unable to live at home. The management of the house actively encourage the girls to engage in full time education and operate a strict drug and alcohol free atmosphere. Family relationships are encouraged also, and the girls' families are welcomed, where appropriate, which can lead to the strengthening and rebuilding of bonds and friendships. If young people require counselling or help, the Homeless Girls Society will help them to secure this, with the support of their social workers, schools or educational providers.
Bernadette Duffy, Manager, Homeless Girl's Society, said; "Sherrard House offers young girls, between the ages of 12 and 18 years, a safe and stable environment, which they can call home. We encourage them to develop their personal skills and talents, and become self-sufficient. The Homeless Girls Society impacts on young people, their families and essentially our community, through providing a welcoming place for girls to reside, as oppose to falling into the traps of anti-social behaviour. Thanks to this funding from the AIB Better Ireland Programme we can now provide a more homely and comfortable environment."
Charlotte Gibson, AIB O'Connell Street, commented; "The AIB Better Ireland Programme, which has been supporting children's projects nation-wide for over five years, is delighted to be contributing to the admirable work carried out by the Homeless Girls Society, which is a vital resource in our community. This service is extremely beneficial to local young people and their families' through the support and resources it provides."
To date, the AIB Better Ireland Programme has donated over EUR2million to over 230 children's projects around Dublin.