Peter McVerry Trust is acutely aware of the seriousness of homelessness and the challenges faced by people who are either at risk of it, are experiencing it, or have experienced it.
Central to Peter McVerry Trust’s ethos is the non-judgemental nature of the charity’s work and the unconditional positive regard each member of the charity has for the people it works with and supports.
Through working with the media, Peter McVerry Trust strives to:
- Advocate on behalf of people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness in Ireland.
- Respect the dignity of people in homelessness.
- Foster a deeper understanding of what homelessness is and the people it impacts.
- Contribute to creating a fair, balanced view of homelessness.
Achieving the above can be done through actions which can be perceived as simple, like considerate use of language and imagery.
For example, where possible the charity refrains from saying “homeless people”, and instead says “people experiencing homelessness”, because this puts the person first and serves as a reminder that people are not defined by the challenges they face.
Below are a number of examples of recent media coverage of Peter McVerry Trust.