The Shame of Ireland
Why is it taking so long?
Although it's a long time since the Fund was announced in 2009, the
Board was only establihed at the end of March this year. The Board
made a decision right at the beginning that it wants to put in place a
scheme that will make a real difference to the lives of survivors and so
we have been talking to survivor organisations and some survivors to
find out what they need and how best the Fund can work with them
and provide services to really add value to their lives.
At the same time, we've finalised the work of the Education Finance
Board and have been putting in place bit by bit the things that are
needed to make the service work well, like office accomodation,
computer and telephone systems - and staff.
What survivors and survivor groups have you been meeting?
So far, the CEO has met with the following survivor groups, survivors
Right to Peace
Right of Place Second Chance
One in Four
Aislinn Education and Support Centre
Representatives of organisations based in the Deaf Village
Alliance Victim Support
London Irish Centre
Haringey Irish Centre
Irish Community Service
Innisfree Housing Association
ICAP (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Federation of Irish Societies
Midland Irish Survivors Group
Groups of survivors have been met through SOCA UK (London), Right of
Place (Waterford), Midland Irish Survivors Group (Birmingham) and the
London Irish Centre (London).