Her Hands Are Crying

A Barnardos project for the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, in association with visual artist Patrick Bolger and sociologist Dr Maria Quinlan

Four women, four mothers, four families accessing support from Barnardos

This video explores the lived-experience of a small group of families who access support from Barnardos. As part of the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Barnardos commissioned visual artist Patrick Bolger and sociologist Dr Maria Quinlan to work with four parents who use our services, to explore their experiences and to capture their stories.

These mothers find themselves accessing support for their children from Barnardos for similar reasons – some have experienced intimate-partner violence, physical and psychological, and have had to leave their homes because of it; some have children with special learning needs and who have struggled to access the support they need from the health and education systems.

They carry in their hands their own pain and that of their children. They display an abundance of strength, resilience, grit and determination to fight for access to support for their children, and to continue to rise despite the adversity that they have faced. Their strength and determination is in contrast to the poverty that that they have experienced at a systems-level in Ireland, where waiting times for children’s early intervention assessments can be several years, and where demand for children’s mental health supports severely outstrips the supply. For these families Barnardos has been a life-line, a safety net. These are their stories…

For more information on the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty, please see here.

"The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection supports this project as part of its funding initiative for the United Nations Day for the Eradication of Poverty".

"The views expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection".