Below is a summary of current policy and research work underway. All matters are being progressed, as appropriate, on an on-going basis.
Download the briefing document for Crosscare's meeting with Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection on 17th October 2016.
Crosscare's Homeless Services Submission to the New Drugs Strategy (Oct 2016) can be downloaded here.
Over the last year Crosscare have noted an increase in returning Irish emigrants who are homeless and have difficulties accessing supports. Crosscare has worked on identifying the issues and submitted the following document to Minister Mc Hugh and relevant statutory bodies. Read it at the following link: Barriers for returning Irish emigrants accessing homeless supports
Crosscare responded to the call for submissions for the Department of Social Protection 3-year Strategy with proposals for the DSP to prioritise 4 areas of work – social protection for under-25s, homelessness, migrants (including returning Irish emigrants) and food poverty – download here.
Crosscare’s Pre-budget 2017 submission to the Dept. of Social Protection is available to download here. It focusses on the hardship created by the reduced social welfare payments to people who are under 25 years. Crosscare presented this at the pre-budget forum on 22 July 2016 hosted by Minister Varadkar.
In collaboration with the GAA, Crosscare carried out a survey with GAA clubs globally between September and November 2015 to find out about the experiences of Irish emigrants leaving Ireland, those living abroad and also possible barriers to returning to Ireland. Read the full report at the following link: Irish emigrant perspectives on emigration
Crosscare submitted a report to the HSE on the issue of people being discharged from hospital into homelessness – this report can be found here: Hospital Discharges Report July 2016
Crosscare collated matters arising in relation to aftercare services for people leaving care. See our submission to TUSLA (The Child & Family Agency) – Crosscare Aftercare Service Submission to TUSLA The Child & Family Agency July 2016
Crosscare submitted a detailed document to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and homelessness detailing issues experienced by people using Crosscare services. Many of our points were included in that Committee's plan that went to Minister Coveney - click here to go to the Oireachtas website with full details. Crosscare’s submission is available here: Crosscare Submission – Committee on Housing & Homelessness May 2016
Crosscare co-ordinates a ‘Migrant Consultative Forum’ with representatives from NGOs and the Department of Social Protection around migrants access to social welfare supports. Our ‘Person or Number? 2’ publication (click here) details some of the issues and proposes solutions. The Forum is working on various issues including staff training and access to supplementary welfare allowances.
- Crosscare pre-budget submission June 2015
- Returning to Ireland Newsletter October 2014
- Crosscare Migrant Project's submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Review of Ireland's Engagement with the Diaspora 2014
- What is Canada like? 101 answers from Irish emigrants 2014
- A short survey of Irish people using bus services to emigrate to Britain: August 2012
- Teen Counselling 2012 Annual Report
- Emigration to the UK in 2012: new Irish emigrants accessing homeless and welfare services
- Teen Counselling Annual Report 2011
- Teen Drinking & Other Substance Use
- National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project
- Person or Number
- Crosscare Constitution