Over the years we’ve been fortunate to work with The Peter McVerry Trust as they strive to achieve their vision which is an Ireland that supports all those on the margins and upholds their rights to full inclusion in society. The charity provides low-threshold entry services, primarily to younger people and vulnerable adults with complex needs, and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model.
Peter McVerry Trust opened Ireland’s first Youth Café for children and young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless in October 2015. Watermark Coffee are delighted to still be involved with such a service which is incredibly important as it provides a safe and supportive, space to vulnerable young people.
CEO Pat Doyle said “This service is one which we have been seeking to develop for a number of years and the out of hours component was initially raised by people accessing homeless services. They clearly told us they needed somewhere they would be welcomed, somewhere they could go an relax during the day and evenings when they might not have anywhere else to go”
A total of 1,400 people were supported in 2018 through the youth café, where people experiencing homelessness can avail of advice, support and hot meals and drinks. The Youth Café provides a safe, positive and welcoming space for young people. Throughout the week a variety of activities and supports are available to people who are accessing the service. Events such as mindfulness classes, quizzes and games nights are also held in the café.
We’re delighted to be supporting such a cause so as to ensure that The Peter McVerry Trust can continue to provide crucial services as people begin to leave homelessness behind for good.