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DAFFODIL FOUNDATION

The Daffodil Foundation was launched in July 2015. The mission of The Foundation is ‘supporting and promoting the wellbeing of young people in Ireland’.The Daffodil Foundation, is a needs led charity, we work closely with young people within communities, schools and other specialized groups within society, to be able to identify and respond to their needs where possible.

The foundation provides need-assessed financial support packages for young people leaving care, assisting in their transition to independent living. In association with the ISPCC, the foundation works directly with families and individuals living in Direct Provision. The Daffodil Foundation provides free mental health and suicide prevention workshops to schools and youth community groups, through a national outreach service supported by SCTI.

The difference this has made

“After care allowance has helped me become independent in money saving and budgeting. It has also given me a good start in the world of adulthood. Without the Aftercare Allowance I would be unable to lie independently and the prospect of being able to attend college and get a degree would be non-existent to me.”

“Leaving care fund has helped me become independent in saving money and budgeting. It has given me a good start in the world of adulthood. Without the leaving care fund I would be unable to live independently and the prospect of being able to attend college and getting a degree would be non-existent to me.”

ISPCC Integration Service

The ISPCC Integration Service, supported by The Daffodil Foundation, is a new and developing project which works with families who seek International Protection in Ireland and, as a result, end up living in Direct Provision while their application is being processed. This application can take many months or even years to be fully processed. This creates stress and anxiety for families who are already marginalised and vulnerable.

The service currently supports families residing in an Accommodation Centre, at Mosney, Co. Meath. The overall objective of this service is to support families in successfully integrating into Irish society by promoting empowerment, connection and resilience.

EXECUTIVE STATEMENT

In meeting the objective as set out in our mission which is to support and promote the wellbeing of young people in Ireland, and having assessed the many challenges young people face in today’s society, The Daffodil Foundation adopts a flexible approach to supporting these evolving needs.

Our current focus is to:

  • Support young people leaving care through the provision of after care grants
  • Provide mental health initiatives supporting young people in the community and in education.
  • Work in partnership with ISPCC to provide an Integration Support Service to young people and families residing in Direct Provision and to campaign for change bringing about a more humane process for those seeking asylum.

We are grateful to our donors, sponsors and fundraisers for their support in raising funds for the Daffodil Foundation along with staff within the Daffodil Care Group, who have been very active in raising funds throughout the year.

We remain committed to supporting the work of Daffodil Foundation, to support and promote the wellbeing of young people in Ireland now, and into the future.

Pat Hayes

Chairman

The Daffodil Foundation

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