The Equality Fund 2019

The €400,000 Equality Fund 2019 was created by The Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation, Rethink Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Cultural Advocacy and Mediation Project: Amal Women’s Association

The Amal Women’s Association is a Muslim women-led service that along with its own base also helps women linked to the Muslim community. The association’s Cultural Advocacy and Mediation Project (CAMP) directly assists its mainly migrant users who face difficulty in using public services during personal or family crises. CAMP staff can accompany women or offer them mediation services in these situations. Amal is Arabic for hope or aspiration.

LGBT Champions Programme: LGBT Ireland

The LGBT Champions Programme enables services for older people in Ireland to “come out as LGBT friendly”. Set up by LGBT Ireland in 2018, it provides relevant training and networking opportunities for health and social care professionals to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to ensure older LGBT people in their care live happy, healthy lives free from loneliness and prejudice.

Moving Forward: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Moving Forward, an online health initiative from Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, removes the barriers that some survivors of sexual violence may face in getting the help and support they need. It also helps the DRCC to expand its client base. A DRCC therapist assesses suitability for the programme, online modules are taken at the user’s own pace all with telephone support. Moving Forward suits people on a counselling waiting list, who want to avoid face-to-face counselling, who prefer to access web-based information, or who cannot for other reasons access services.

Stay Safe Work Wise: Chrysalis Project

The first of its kind in Ireland, Stay Safe Work Wise is a web-based multilingual extension of the Chrysalis service for sex workers. Available online and through smartphones, the project improves security for street-based and indoor sex workers by offering information on managing safety while working. Along with a directory of support agencies, it has valuable information and support from trained peers and workers.

The Phoenix Programme: One in Four

One in Four’s vision is of an Irish society where children are safe from the threat of sexual harm. One in four Irish people are sexually abused in childhood with devastating consequences for their lives. Through its unique Phoenix Programme, One in Four offers a structured and systemic therapeutic intervention to sex offenders, their family members and victims of their abuse. Since 2003, One in Four has counselled and advocated for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their families.