New Refugee Resettlement Services

Respond Support is pleased to announce that they have now commenced the delivery of Refugee Resettlement services in County Longford.

As an organisation we have a long history of providing Family Support, Early Years’, Day Care services to older people and bespoke, client-centred services in communities throughout Ireland. Respond Support currently provide refugee resettlement services in County Kilkenny and County Waterford.

Over the next twelve months Respond Support will be working closely with the community in Longford and with other local agencies to support all those new to the community in Longford, who have relocated as part of the Refugee Integration Programme.

Albert Perris is no stranger to Longford as he has previously worked closely with a number of agencies in the delivery of social housing and homeless services in the town.

“Longford is a wonderful community, always very open and supportive to those in need. I have always been hugely impressed by the local initiative, generosity and inter-agency cooperation between services and organisations in the town. Respond Support are looking forward to working with all relevant agencies and the community to welcome and support our new neighbours as they settle into Longford.”

Albert Perris, CEO of Respond Support

2017 Annual Report Launch

“The year 2017 has been a breakthrough year for Respond Support with the development and rapid expansion of our first services outside of our traditional base.” Albert Perris, CEO

Over the course of 2017, Respond Support has:

  • Restructured the organisation along functional lines
  • Completely restructured our Senior Management team
  • Commenced the development of refugee resettlement programmes in counties Kilkenny and Waterford
  • Developed two new early years services
  • Renewed our focus on quality improvement across all of our services
  • Acquired a twenty-year  ‘peppercorn’ lease on a large purpose built childcare and community facility in Waterford
  • Opened a new Dublin Office in the Axis Centre in Ballymun
  • Streamlined our internal administrative systems including HR, Finance and Payroll
  • Focused on the continuous professional development of our staff
  • Successfully delivered to completion our final Accredited Education programmes

To view the full Respond Support 2017 Annual Report, please click here.

New Afterschool for New Ross

Respond Support  today announced  they will be opening a new afterschool service in New Ross, Co. Wexford. The Den After-school service is based in Bunscoil Rís, Edmund Rice Senior School, it will provide 25 after-school places for children age 5 to 12 years and will be fully operational from the end of March.

New Afterschool
Bunscoil Rís, New Ross, Wexford

“The provision of school age childcare within a school setting represents an interagency approach to optimising local resources in meeting the needs of communities. Respond Support are delighted to be working collaboratively with Bunscoil Rís in addressing the shortage of high quality school age children places in the Irishtown area and we look forward to seeing this new model enhance young people’s experiences in after-school care.”

Lisa O’Rourke , National Early Years Education manager.

    

Opening of Manor St. John January 2018

Early Years Centre Lisduggan

Acorns Early Years Service opens its doors!

We are delighted to announce that our newest service is now open in Manor St. John, Lisduggan, Waterford City.  The service provides high quality early education and care for children age 9mths to 12 years and currently has an intake of 28 children under 3 years of age. As the service expands over the next 12 months it will create 96 additional  affordable childcare places for the area. Acorns Early Years’ Service is committed to ensuring every child has access to quality early education and in doing so will cater for the full range of childcare programmes funded through the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. We look forward to seeing the service grow from strength to strength over the coming months.

New Dublin Office Ballymun

Respond Support opened its first independent office in the Dublin Region on January 2018.

Announcing the opening of their new office in the Axis arts & community resource centre based in Ballymun, Albert Perris CEO of Respond Support noted “Having an office in Ballymun will strengthen our presence in the greater Dublin region as we seek to grow and develop new services there.  The Office, located in the heart of the Ballymun Community, will provide administrative and management support to existing and new services planned in the region”.

Launch of Resettlement Services in Waterford and Kilkenny

Respond Support today announced it is to be the Key Service partner in the provision of Refugee Resettlement services in counties Waterford and Kilkenny. Working closely with the Department of Justice and Equality, with both local authorities and a range of other agencies,  Respond Support will work over the next two years with Syrian Refugees settling into the community.  Translators, Intercultural workers and Resettlement Support staff will take up their posts in the coming weeks, to commence service delivery in January.

 “ We look forward to be working in partnership with the Department of Justice & Equality, Local Councils and local Statutory agencies in the delivery of the Resettlement Programme. The situation in Syria has been described as the worst humanitarian crises of our time and we look forward to working with and assisting the families to settle in and integrate  into their new communities.”

David Parslow , National Manager of Specialist Services


New Early Years Centre Launch

Respond Support announced the opening of a new Early Years centre based in Manor St, John, Lisduggan, Waterford City. The centre will provide number of full time part-time places.

“We are delighted to bring this purpose built state of the art facility back into full use to serve the local and wider community of Waterford City. We have ambitious plans to maximise the value of this facility, through developing a range of integrated services to serve families in the local and wider community. “

Albert Perris, CEO


 

End of an Era for Respond! College

Following a recent strategic review and period of deliberation and reflection on our role in the Accredited Education sector, on current and future needs, the development in recent years of other providers and partnerships responding to professional housing training needs, and the sustainability of a small specialist college, a decision has been taken to close Respond! College, after the current cohort of students have completed their studies. 

Respond College was established to provide specialist accredited training to the housing and community sector in Ireland and was one of the first accredited institutions to provide accredited professional housing training in Ireland.  In recent years a number of important providers have expanded their offering and delivery in this area including the Institute of Public Administration (IPA), Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and the Housing Agency.

During the operation of the College, a large number of student cohorts engaged in a wide variety of specialist training courses such as Housing and Estate Management, Community Development, Community Healthcare and many other Community related courses.

Respond College played an important, timely and innovative role in the development and introduction of professional training to housing professionals in Ireland.  Respond College has been a key advocate and outlier in the professionalization of the housing sector in Ireland over the past decade and has contributed significantly to the professional development of housing staff, community development professionals, housing associations and housing bodies. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our partners, staff and students who have worked with Respond! College over the years, and in particular to wish the current class of 2017 well in their final Year.

 

Albert Perris

CEO, Respond Support

 

Recent promotions in Respond Support:

Dear Colleagues

Please join me in congratulating the following staff members on their recent promotions in Respond Support:

David Parslow –  National Manager for Family Support and Specialist Services (immediate effect)

Tom Power – Director Of Services and Service Development (effective June 1st)

Lorraine Fleming – Administrator and PA to CEO Respond Support (effective July 2017)

Bonnie- HR Manager