Information and Advice Centre: Peter McVerry Trust operates an information and advice service in Dublin 7. This service, together with our referrals and assessment team provides support and information to people at risk of homelessness.
Education: The ability to access and sustain education is crucial factor in determining people’s risk of becoming homeless. Peter McVerry Trust currently operates a small but growing education programme as means to help young people ever coming to need homeless services. This include educational bursaries delivered via youth project partners and schools in particularly disadvantaged communities.
Freephone Out of Hours Information and Advice Helpline (Kildare): The Out of Hours Information and Advice Service for County Kildare is operated by Peter McVerry Trust on behalf of Kildare County Council. Freephone 1800 804 307 The service offers information and advice to those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Kildare. The freephone number operates outside of Kildare County Council’s office hours and at weekends. Please note the operating hours below. Freephone Operating Hours: The freephone number is active from 5pm -9pm Monday to Friday. It operates from Noon – 5pm Saturday & Sunday.
Open Access Centre and Streets to Home Service: This is an informal drop-in centre, where people can access basic services and to come and relax in a safe space. The service allows people to make cups of tea, have sandwiches and soup, use the telephone, and wash and dry their clothes. There is also a small left luggage facility managed by Peter McVerry Trust’s Streets to Home team. Fr McVerry has been based in this service since the mid 1980s. The Streets to Home service offers advice and help with accommodation, legal problems or any other needs of the young people accessing the service.
Peter McVerry Trust’s Information and Advice Centre
Peter McVerry Trust provides long term housing for people exiting homelessness and at the moment we have just over 220 residential units. We currently provide housing supports in Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and Laois. Peter McVerry Trust is committed to delivering Housing First model in Ireland. The Housing First approach has at its core principle the belief that the first thing a homeless person needs is a home. It focuses on providing long term housing for homeless people and while providing intensive supports to them once housed in order to maintain their housing and to live an independent life.
St Agatha’s Court, Dublin 1 completed in June 2017.
Our homeless services provide emergency and temporary accommodation to over 500 people each night. The vast majority of our homeless services provide people with placements based on a 6 month accommodation model. Sadly because of the lack of social and affordable housing people are forced to stay in homeless services for much longer than 6 months. Everyone in our homeless services is assessed and supported by staff to help them find long term accommodation. We operate emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin and Kildare.
Photo from Peter Mcverry Trust’s emergency accommodation in Kildare.
Peter McVerry Trust operates two drug treatment services. These services work with people at different stages of drug use. We provide a Stabilisation and Recovery Service. This facility delivers various programmes for people who are motivated to address their drug misuse and want to become drug free. There are two core programmes the stabilisation programme and the early relapse prevention programme. The services also offers a range of complementary supports including drop-in, vocational education, counselling, holistic therapies and a social breakfast gathering each Wednesday morning. Our second drug treatment service is a Residential Community Detox which is based in North County Dublin and operates a horticultural model on a 5 acre site. Here we offer six week methadone detox programme, Cannabis Cessation and Alcohol detox programmes . These programmes are combined with counselling, educational group work, holistic therapies and a horticultural programme.
One of the buildings on site of Peter McVerry Trust Residential Community Detox.
Peter McVerry Trust currently provides under 18s residential services for people between the ages of 12 – 18 across four locations in the Dublin area. The staff support each young person’s progression towards adulthood, helping them to develop the necessary skills needed for positive self-care, independent living and social integration. Peter McVerry Trust recently secured Government commitment to fund aftercare housing options under the Rebuilding Ireland strategy. This means that the Government will provide housing options for young people exiting State care who would otherwise be at risk of entering homeless services.
Drawing from an U18s service.