Social Action Committee
Welcome to the Dublin and Glendalough Social Action page. Our dioceses is comprised of both urban and rural communities and this has defined the focus of our social action. As the page develops we hope that it will truly reflect the huge range of social action initiatives which are taking place throughout these dioceses ranging from parent and toddler groups to the provision of food for the homeless. Please let us know what is happening in your parish so that we can feature it here.
HANDY TO HAVE LEAFLET
The Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Committee for Social Action has compiled a ‘Handy to Have’ leaflet. The leaflet has been distributed to parishes throughout the dioceses and contains contact details for a wide range of support groups and helplines which are handy to have. The leaflet provides contact information for organisations dealing with a wide range of issues such as abuse, addiction and matters affecting children, the elderly, people with disabilities, counselling and support, homelessness and financial advice and help for immigrants. ‘Handy to Have’ can be downloaded by clicking here.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – Sheep Thrills – A community textile group based in Holy Trinity Parish Killiney
Sheep Thrills was formed in February 2013 as an idea to get people together from the church and community to share their knitting and stitching talents to make products for chosen charities in Ireland and abroad and to contribute to church funds . There are no rules, just come as you go, The weekly cost is €3 to include fresh coffee sponsored by Bewleys .
The first session was most encouraging as fabulous products were knitted and sewn and then sold at the Holy Trinity Fete. A substantial sum was raised which went directly to the Parish.
The second session started in September 2013 as demand was high to keep Sheep Thrills going . Members needed to sell enough product to buy yarns. This they did, with much fun, great chat, fabulous homemade biscuits and more importantly great products as a result of the enthusiasm to “make it happen “. They sold tea cosies and Christmas decorations to local shops and at the Christmas Fair under the new Sheep Thrills Label . The biggest joy was when their hats, scarves , sweaters, cardigans and miscellaneous products were delivered to the Alice Leahy’s Trust for the homeless in Dublin before Christmas. Another bag of children’s products was delivered to the Darndale /Belcamp Integrated Childcare Service.
As a group they make collective decisions and everyone has a say in what they do. Listening is the biggest reward as all voices are heard. This is important as the result is learning from each other and in turn a wide and interesting range of items is made to sell and give away .
In January 2014 with Sheep Thrills set out to support the Dining Room project( for the needy and homeless ) organised by Christ Church Dun Laoghaire, the Peter McVerry Trust and Holy Trinity Parish. Other charities are to be decided.
The group has people from the communities and parishes of Glenageary, Dalkey, Ballsbridge, Rathmichael, Deansgrange, Raheny and Killiney and they always welcome anyone interested in joining and sharing in what they do. They encourage new ideas.
The hope is that Sheep Thrills will continue to grow and help the Parish and the homeless. Perhaps a Sheep Thrills organisation coordinated nationwide would be an encouraging way forward to really help the homeless as the more people they have knitting and stiching, the more people they can support. This would bring Sheep Thrills to another very worthwhile level.
The “Sheep Thrills” name is registered for Ireland
Joan Millar, Holy Trinity Killiney