Homelessness robs a young person of their safety, their dignity and their future. We can change that.
Focus Ireland’s Women’s Philanthropy Circle is a unique group of like-minded and dedicated women who have one simple mission – to support innovative and effective solutions that will change the face of youth homelessness in Ireland.
Each member of the Women’s Philanthropy Circle makes a minimum monthly investment of €100, this commitment provides Focus Ireland with a vital foundation upon which we can build effective and lasting solutions to the problem of youth homelessness.
By joining Focus Ireland’s Women’s Philanthropy Circle, you will have the opportunity to pledge your support to help young people aged 16-24 get a better start in life.
Recent research commissioned by Focus Ireland confirms what our staff has long known to be true – homelessness is a generational phenomenon. Once a child or young person has become homeless the chances of them returning to homelessness as an adult increase exponentially. Moreover, the children they raise will also be at constant risk of homelessness.
Becoming homeless is a process and is usually not caused by a single event. There are many reasons why young people become and – in some cases – remain homeless.
Each member of the Women’s Philanthropy Circle makes an annual contribution. This commitment provides Focus Ireland with a vital foundation upon which we can build effective and lasting solutions to the problem of youth homelessness.
Because protecting those young lives is central to solving the problem of long-term homelessness. Part of the solution to homelessness comes from properly addressing the underlying root causes of youth homelessness. The members of the Circle will help address a number of critical areas:
To find out more about the Circle and the impact it’s making, you can download more information here.
To find out how you can make a vital difference in the lives of at risk young people why not attend one of the Circle's breakfast events or speak to us directly about membership
By becoming a member of Focus Ireland’s Women’s Philanthropy Circle, you will help support young people aged 16-26 to get a better start in life. By supporting Focus Ireland’s innovative projects you will help them find a safe place to live. You will help them pursue their education. You will help them find employment. And you will help them feel safe, sometimes for the first time in their lives, now that they have someone standing by their side when they need it most.
By attending the Circle’s events you’ll learn why the Women’s Philanthropy Circle is a powerful investment in youth. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with like-minded women and hear how female leaders are making a real and significant difference within our society today. Previous special guest speakers include Dee Forbes (RTÉ), Lucy Gaffney (Communicorp), Sinead McSweeney (Twitter), Maeve Carton (CRH), Fionnuala Meehan (Google), Louise Phelan (PayPal), Norah Casey (Harmonia), Julie Sinnamon (Enterprise Ireland), Siobhán Talbot (Glanbia) and Margot Slattery (Sodexo).
There are over 6500 young people in State care in Ireland today. Many of these young people, like Deborah Somorin, face huge challenges when they transition to independence at 18. Thanks to the support of Women’s Philanthropy Circle members we are there for these young people when they need us most, helping them create positive futures and realise their true potential…