Advocacy Events & Lunchtime Talks

Advocacy Events & Lunchtime Talks

Focus Ireland advocacy events aim to generate discussion, share knowledge, and explore solutions to resolving homelessness.

Lunchtime Talks

Focus Ireland and School of Social Work and Social Policy (Trinity College Dublin) host monthly lunchtime talks on emerging homelessness research in Ireland and internationally. There is also time allocated to discussion after presentations as a way of exploring possible policy implications.

Lunchtime talks are open to all. Please RSVP using the links provided.

Venue: George’s Hill Chapel, Stanhope Green, Halston Street, Dublin 7. Click here for map.

Upcoming Lunchtime Talks 2017

17th May 2017 (1-2pm) – Roundtable Event – Speakers to be Confirmed

28th May 2017 (1-2pm) – Dr Peter Mackie (Cardiff University) on Homelessness Prevention Policies

Previous Lunchtime Talks

April 2017 – Sarah Sheridan, Research Officer, Focus Ireland

Sarah Sheridan (Focus Ireland’s Research Officer) presented analysis drawn from four waves of data collection during 2016. The findings – which are regularly published on the Focus Ireland website – yield insights into family homelesness which are of relevance to both services and policy-makers.

March 2017 – Dr. Bernie O’Donoghue Hynes, Head of Research, Dublin Region Homeless Executive

Dr O’Donoghue Hynes presented a detailed review of key data for the Dublin region.  A review of statistics relating to numbers of persons engaging and flowing through homeless services will be explored and past and future trends analysed.

February 2017 – Nicholas Pleace (University of York)

Nicholas Pleace presented on research he conducted with Dennis Culhane (University of Pennsylvania) which examined the financial implications of extending preventative services for single homeless people in England, drawing on the lessons of extending homelessness prevention in Wales.

January 2017 – Ruth Ceannt (Psychiatry Registrar, HSE).

This talk was based on a study into the experiences of staff members in Dublin’s homeless services on working with individuals who report mental illness and addiction issues. This research, which was carried out in May 2015 as part of a Masters in Global Health, involved interviewing staff in various homeless services using semi-structured interviews.

December 2016 – Alison Connolly (Policy Officer, Focus Ireland) and Daniel Hoey (Researcher)

This talk detailed the planning, roll-out and evaluation of a targeted homelessness prevention campaign in Dublin 15 funded by Bord Gais.

November 2016 – Prof Eoin O’Sullivan (Trinity College Dublin).

The presentation analysed trends in expenditure over the past 4 years, exploring the breakdown of expenditure between preventative and emergency services, the extent of funding by service provider and regional variations.

October 2016 – Dr Anne O’Farrell (HSE)

Dr Anne O’Farrell from the HSE examined inpatient hospitalisation admission data and found a 400% increase of individuals who were categorised as having “no fixed abode” over the last ten years.

September 2016 – Dr. Helen Johnston (NESC)

Helen Johnston of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) talked about research on the circumstances of these jobless households, and explored the links between homelessness and joblessness.

Focus Ireland lunchtime talk

June 2016 – Dr Mary Murphy and Zuzanna Kucharski (NUI Maynooth) and Reinvest Peer Research Team (Paul Haughan, Emma Richardson, Kathleena Twomey and Tom Thompson)

‘Hearing it from the ground up’: An account of peer research into the social damage of the crisis in Ireland. This study forms part of a wider EU-funded Horizon 2020 study.

Reinvest Research Team
 

May 2016 – Dr Steph Holt (School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin)

‘Evaluation of Sonas Safe Home Project’. Dr Steph Holt presented research findings from a mixed methods study of a Sonas housing service for victims of domestic abuse.

Steph Holt
 

April 2016 – Prof. Tim Aubry (University of Ottawa), Freek Spinnewijn (Director, FEANTSA) and Adrian Quinn (Focus Ireland)

Roundtable discussion on the implementation of Housing First in both an Irish and a European Context. This event provided an opportunity to explore barriers and opportunities in implementing Housing First in Canada and across Europe and to generate discussion on how we apply these learnings to an Irish context.

Housing First Roundtable
 

March 2016 – Prof. Eoin O’Sullivan (School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin)

‘Recent Trends in Homelessness in Ireland’. In analysing statistical reports on homeless populations published by Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Prof. O’Sullivan presenting emerging trends in both the prevalence and profile of individuals and families becoming homeless across Ireland.

Eoin O'Sullivan
 

February 2016 – Alison Connolly (Policy Officer, Focus Ireland)

‘A Preliminary Analysis of Children and Families in Emergency Homeless Accommodation’. Alison presented key findings from an analysis of administrative data relating to families becoming homeless in 2015.

Alison Connolly

Other Upcoming Events of Interest

Social Housing Summit: Planning, Building & Delivering Our Social Housing Needs – 8th February 2017

This conference aims to explore the Action plan for housing and how it plans to resolve our current housing crisis; what plans are in place to produce another 47 thousand units needed. Ireland is due to have another ¾ of a million extra people to cater for in the next 10 years, we discuss the plans to facilitate these numbers and what others are doing overseas that we can learn from.

Speakers include: Mike Allen, Focus Ireland; Prof Mary Lee Rhodes, Trinity College Dublin; Fergus Finlay, Barnardos, and more.

For more info see CMG Events website.

Policy Forum for Ireland Keynote Seminar – 29th March 2016

This half-day event examines the challenges in social and private housing provision in the context of Rebuilding Ireland.

Speakers include: Mike Allen, Focus Ireland; Hubert Fitzpatrick, Construction Industry Federation; Anthony Flynn, Dublin City Council; Dr Lorcan Sirr, School of Real Estate and Construction Economics, Dublin Institute of Technology and Fintan McNamara, Residential Landlords Association of Ireland

For more info see Policy Forum for Ireland Website.

Previous Advocacy Events 2016

Advocacy Events in Partnership with School of Social Work and Social Policy (TCD)

Focus Ireland 10th Annual Conference: “No Going Back- Building Sustainable Pathways out of Homelessness” – Tuesday 27th September 2016 – Aviva Stadium

Prof. Guy Johnson –

Keynote session: What can 80 Aussie’s tell us about Homelessness?

Ireland’s Forgotten Homeless: Youth Homelessness and Lessons from the Canadian Campaign to End Youth Homelessness’:

An Open Meeting Event with Prof Steve Gaetz (Homeless Hub), Melanie Redman (A Way Home: Working Together to End youth Homelessness) and Dr Paula Mayock (TCD). Chaired by Gordon Hill (National Youth Council of Ireland). This even took place on 28th June 2016 in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

Steve Gaetz and Melanie RedmanAdvocacy events
 

‘Developing Housing First in Canada’ – Professor Tim Aubry

Professor Tim Aubry (At Home/Chez Soi Demonstration Project, University of Ottawa) gave a presentation on Housing First in Canada on 19th April 2016 in Trinity College Dublin.

Advocacy events