September 2023 Winners
The Irish Red Cross (IRC) established a project to facilitate the provision of disability and Psychological First Aid (PFA) support for Ukraine refugees arriving in Ireland as a result of the ongoing conflict. The intention of this initiative is to build on the existing IRC programme of PFA with an aim to assist those suffering from mental stress due to the extreme trauma of their experiences. Additionally, the IRC has committed to the provision of assistive devices and support for Ukrainians arriving in Ireland who are living with disabilities.
The Care Trust provided a grant of €50,000 to the IRC to support the PFA programme and their allocation of assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, to Ukraine refugees.
Healing Untold Grief Groups is a peer support organisation. HUGG provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment in which those bereaved by suicide can share their experiences and feelings, while giving and gaining support to and from each other. The aftermath of a suicide is shocking, debilitating, surreal, and forever life-changing. It is not easy to learn to live with this loss, but HUGG is available to help. The Care Trust believes that minding each other is an important value and is pleased to support HUGG and its vital work.
The Care Trust has made a grant of €45,000 to enable HUGG to progress its Peer Group Support programme in 2023. Objectives include increasing the number of people attending peer-group meetings throughout the country. This financial support will also help to increase the number of people accessing information on suicide bereavement and will allow for an uplift in telephone support to suicide-bereaved individuals. An additional grant of €2,083 was provided to support HUGG’s National Suicide Bereavement Remembrance Evening in November 2023.