It's the Traveller men, women and young people who come across that door, who make use of this fantastic chance and put it to use in their lives, making themselves stronger and making their communities stronger. They are the people we really have to thank.Mary McAleese, President of Ireland (2007)
Exchange House Ireland has over 35 years’ experience providing Traveller specific, professional, front-line family support, crisis intervention, education, training and services for children and young people in Ireland. This “best practice” model is funded by the Health Services Executive, Department of Social Protection, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, SOLAS, Pobal (Dormant Accounts Fund), the European Union and a variety of charitable trusts. We hold the contract from the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention to deliver the National Traveller Suicide Prevention Service and are funded by the Genio Trust to deliver Ireland’s only Traveller specific mental health service. We hold Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI) accreditation, and are approved by FETAC to design, develop, deliver, quality assure and accredit education and training courses. Annually, we work with over 8,000 Travellers, almost one quarter of the Traveller population in Ireland, making us the largest Traveller specific service provider in the country.
The Family Support Service is made up of a team of social workers, family support workers and addiction workers. The Family Support Service provides a range of services which include family support, social work and addiction outreach to members of the Traveller community.
The Education Service provides high quality education programmes which respect and build on existing strengths and skills of participants, providing opportunities for learning and progression. The service provides opportunities for youth and adults in basic literacy, further education/training and support in accessing third level education, training and employment.
The Youth Service is the main provider of youth service to the Traveller community in the greater Dublin area. Exchange House enables young Travellers to participate in youth work activities thus enhancing their personal and community development skills, enabling them to take greater control of their lives.
Exchange House identifies gaps in current provision and makes recommendations as to future interventions. Research activities inform service provision, reporting and advocacy, education and dissemination of information to providers and relevant agencies. Exchange House National Traveller Service has expanded to provide a national service through training, provision of expertise and partnerships with other organisations providing services to Travellers in Ireland.
Research documents available here
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