Barnardos continues to need your support
Life is slowly getting back to ‘normal’ for the people of Ireland. As restrictions begin to lift, we look at ways to get a sense of normality in our lives again.
For a lot of the Children and families Barnardos work with, ‘normal’ is a fairy-tale.
We work tirelessly to protect the futures of Ireland’s most vulnerable children and we know that the Coronavirus is only part of their struggle. Their ‘normal’ may have been a life affected by adverse childhood experiences and trauma that has halted their path to a better future.
Childhood lasts a lifetime, but for many children, they cannot see a happy ending to their story because they are involved in a crisis that they can’t get out of themselves.
By donating to Barnardos, you are actively helping to reshape these children’s stories and give them lives that will lead to a positive ending: their lives as happy adults.
What the generous support of the public has helped to do since lockdown:
We are currently working with 1,720 families requiring critical and intensive support with 587 waiting for help. We are adapting to ensure they can keep working with children who were already in very vulnerable circumstances.
We are rapidly adapting to meet the new needs of families. The families we work with, who were already living in stressful situations, are now experiencing a pressure cooker effect – children are living with domestic abuse, parental mental health challenges, neglect, acrimonious separation and family breakdown and addiction – now with no escape.
They are also in need of food, nappies and other essential items that they would have received coming to Barnardos centres.
To help these families we have providing crisis supports such as:
- 5103 food parcels,
- 8489 hot meals,
- 5200 activity packs - tailored to the children’s developmental age and stage
- Safety planning for families living with domestic abuse,
- Support in managing crises in the home,
- Support in establishing and maintaining routines.
This gives us an opportunity to physically see children who require high levels of support in the home environment –giving us vital ‘eyes on the child’.
It is more important now than ever, to ensure we can continue to reach and provide support to the children that need us the most.