At Bord Gáis Energy we have always believed in supporting communities and have been involved with various charities and fundraising initiatives over time. The prevention of family homelessness in Ireland is an area where we believe we can make a marked impact and through our charity partnership with Focus Ireland, we hope to make this wish a reality.
Homelessness is an issue that is never far away from our minds and the number of homeless people in Ireland is growing at an alarming rate. While the topic is in and out of public discussion, there are people for whom it is an everyday reality and others who work tirelessly to help them. Bord Gáis Energy has committed €1.2m in funding to help with the prevention of family homelessness. This funding has contributed to two new dedicated services within Focus Ireland; to provide support directly to families at risk, and a programme to raise awareness of the factors leading to family homelessness. Since the partnership was established, Bord Gáis Energy employees have helped with numerous events and activities for families affected by homelessness. This has included the Shine a Light Business Leader Sleepout, a Focus Ireland initiative which aims to raise vital funds for its services which raised an additional €42,000 for the charity. Bord Gáis Energy employees played a pivotal role in the Focus Ireland Christmas party for families living in emergency accommodation. They also took over the Focus Ireland Beloved shops in Cork and Dublin, took part in a sponsored cycle from Cork to Dublin, helped out with trips to the Zoo and Tayto Park and hosted our very own family fun day for families in Lucan during the summer.
Focus Ireland has been changing lives for 20 years, providing innovative solutions to tackle and prevent homelessness in Ireland. Through this extremely worthwhile partnership, we hope to amplify Focus Ireland's important prevention message to families all over Ireland about homelessness, the risks, the solutions and where to turn for help.
We are still only at the beginning of our journey. In year two of our partnership, we are looking to involve the public in the partnership and continue the momentum in tackling this very important social issue, with the support and involvement of our customers. More information about Focus Ireland and the services they provide to families can be found on the Focus Ireland website focusireland.ie
Bord Gáis Energy Limited is a registered company in Ireland. Our company registration number is 463078 and our registered office is One Warrington Place Dublin 2.