Limerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families

first_imgAdvertisement O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Print Limerick city centre gets a deep clean New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Email Twittercenter_img TAGSfamily hubhomelessnessJackie BonfieldJan O’Sullivan TDLimerick City and County Councillimerick family hubMid West Simon Community Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleFay Milton (Savages) DJ Set Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Limerick’s Family Hub, formerly Twin Oaks B&B, Dublin Road, Limerick, will be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for families in emergency accommodation to find housing. Picture: Cian ReinhardtLimerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families. Limerick’s Family Hub, formerly Twin Oaks B&B, Dublin Road, Limerick, will be used as a ‘stepping stone’ for families in emergency accommodation to find housing. Picture: Cian ReinhardtFAMILY hub style accommodation poses the risk of “normalising” homelessness if it is not operated correctly. That’s the view of Labour Party Housing Spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan who says Limerick City and County Council needs to “ensure this type of accommodation doesn’t become the norm”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The former Government Minister was speaking to the Limerick Post after it was confirmed that a new 12 unit housing hub is scheduled to open next month for families living in emergency accommodation.The Limerick family hub will be based at the former “Twin Oaks” bed and breakfast property on the Dublin Road which was listed on the property website with an asking price of €600,000.And a spokesman for Limerick City and County Council said that they will be looking at other properties which “can be adapted into additional family hubs”.“This type of accommodation is focused on families and is being provided as a stepping stone to getting their own home,” he added.The “Twin Oaks” facility will be staffed on a 24-hour basis and will accommodate several families at a time, offering a “more homely setting” with an aim to have five staff to help with cooking, accommodation and resettlement.The hub will be operated in conjunction with the Mid-West Simon Community whose General Manager Jackie Bonfield said it would put families in a better position to move into their own homes.Limerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless families. Mid West Simon general manager Jackie Bonfield.“This is a very positive step. But not a final one,” she added.When asked how long families would spend in the accommodation, she told the Limerick Post, “We set a target for three months. This depends on social housing allocations and private landlords.”“We are asking private landlords to work with the family hub to help house families. When they move on to a new home, they won’t be on their own, we will still be there to help them.”The Simon Community, which operates a ‘deposit loan’ scheme, will also offer support to newly housed families, helping them settle in their homes and with tasks such as budgeting.The accommodation will provide four cooking areas and laundry services with families having their own fridges and food closets which will not be in their bedrooms to allow them eat in a dining area rather than a hotel room.Sounding a note of caution, Deputy O’Sullivan said that family hubs were not an ideal solution, but were better than hotel accommodation.“I am concerned about the effect emergency accommodation can have on children, not having a home, not knowing where they will be living in future months.There is a risk that these types of accommodation can normalise homelessness,” she added.Last month, Limerick homelessness agency Novas Initiatives said almost 60 families were living in emergency accommodation in Limerick, which was an increase of 38 per cent on the previous month. Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures for 2016 showed 396 people were homeless in the Mid West region.Visit the Limerick Post News section for similar stories. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick NewsCommunityLimerick family hub a ‘stepping stone’ to housing homeless familiesBy Cian Reinhardt – August 18, 2017 3515 Linkedin Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line last_img read more

American bakery week proves a success

first_imgThe first National American Sweet Bakery Week (1 to 7 July) was a success, with increased sales and customer engagement.Dawn Foods organised the week with California Raisins as demand for American bakery products continues to rise and to give bakers the channel to maximise sales. Dawn provided free POS material to the first 100 bakers to register and updated its online American recipe collection to inspire bakers during the week.Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager, Dawn Foods, said: “We’ve had a really positive response from UK bakers for our first ever National American Sweet Bakery Week. With the activity having just finished, we’re now going to analyse the performance, but the feedback we’ve received so far has been fantastic.“Bakers have told us that the POS packs we provided brightened up their bakeries and, along with the competition packs and California Raisin samples, encouraged a new wave of customers and a rise in sales of its American-style baked goods across the seven days.“A number of bakers have already told us how much they’re looking forward to joining us again next year and we hope to see as many bakeries as possible taking part in what is sure to be an even bigger and better National American Sweet Bakery Week in 2015.”last_img read more


first_imgROUNDTABLE RELEASES THIRD QUARTER, 2005CEO ECONOMIC OUTLOOK SURVEY RESULTSSouth Burlington, VT – Results from the Roundtable’s Third Quarter, 2005 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, show that business executives are expecting increases in both sales and capital expenditures over the coming six months, while employment levels will remain virtually unchanged from the previous reporting period.Chris Dutton, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power, is a member of the Vermont Business Roundtable. When asked to comment on his CEO Economic Outlook Survey responses, Dutton said, “The economy is strong in our service area. As we look ahead we expect increased sales. Additionally, the company expects to increase capital spending to make sure that our electric service is reliable, as that is what our customers value the most.”Conducted in the month of July, the Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Survey enjoyed a response rate of 62%. The key findings, which reflect the membership’s outlook for the next six months, include the following details:* 74% of responding CEOs expect an increase in consumer sales, 24% see no change, and 2% anticipate a decrease. [Second Quarter Results: Increase 75%, No Change 23%, Decrease 2%]* 57% expect capital spending to increase in the next six months, 38% see no change, and 5% anticipate a decrease. [Second Quarter Results: Increase 49%, No Change 43%, Decrease 8%]* 49% expect employment to increase, 44% see no change, and 7% anticipate a decrease. [Second Quarter Results: Increase 49%, No Change 42%, Decrease 9%]According to Roundtable President Lisa Ventriss, “The pattern for 2005 projected sales expectations mirrors the experience of 2004. If the pattern continues, we should see the fourth quarter 2005 demonstrate an upswing. A similar optimism exists regarding capital expenditures. Compared to this time last year, respondents are slightly more optimistic. In terms of employment levels, compared to this time last year, our members seem to be more conservative in their staffing projections.”-#-Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the Vermont Business Roundtable iscomposed of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers dedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business, be educated, and live life. Member businesses employ over 47,000 employees in virtually every county across Vermont.last_img read more