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Social Action Committee

Our dioceses is comprised of both urban and rural communities and this has defined the focus of our social action.

Sheep Thrills at Holy Trinity, Killiney
Sheep Thrills at Holy Trinity, Killiney

Rural Focus

As a council for Social Action in a rural context, the aim and mission of the council is to identify and resource clergy and laity through providing information and resources on their Facebook page, through visiting Parishes, personal contact and the Diocesan Website. The committee also aims to identify examples of good social action which may then be replicated in other places.

Urban Focus

The social action committee has taken as an objective to establish an after school/day time respite centre for families in emergency accommodation. In this the committee are to partner with Focus Ireland who will screen and send on the families and also working under the auspices of the Dublin Homelessness Executive. The families will be those who do not have additional needs such as addiction but rather those who are struggling to do day to day things like homework in the confines of a bedroom in a B&B. This is a real need that the Dioceses can address and make a significant difference to the most marginalised in our society, and the committee will continue to seek to overcome any obstacles. 

Separately, the committee is seeking to collate a list of all the activities that are taking place across the Dioceses, to inspire parishes and seed collaboration and parishes supporting other parishes which are located in places of need but with smaller congregations.This project is at an early stage but the committee expects to make significant progress in the coming year.