St Audoen’s Christmas Appeal
25 December 2021
We are an inner city conference of 8 members covering the South Inner cityarea. We work with people when they are in arrears with rent, electricity or gas. We support people with food bags from FEAD(Fund for European Aid to the most deprived), We promote and support education, especially third level either degree or post Leaving Cert courses. While we help people return to education or training we also support the local primary chool and help parents with expenses for secondary school . We meet weekly and review each case individually before committing any support, we currently hold our meetings through Zoom. We are also unable to visit people in their homes but now meet them outdoors. This is challenging both for us and the people we support. Lockdown and the pandemic generally has affected the people we serve in many different ways , some have been left waiting for medical treatment and access to services, others have experienced mental health difficulties, drug and alcohol problems and very many are struggling to pay rent and utility bills. The number of requests we have received has grown significantly since Covid.