Design dreams at Novas DIAL House for young Care Leavers with DFS, Gaisce and Roisin Lafferty

DIAL House

Pictured at the announcement of the DFS Makeover for DIAL House in Limerick were Robert O Leary, Carragh Fisherson, Una Burns, Novas, Richard Lynch, Susan Murphy, Roisin Lafferty, DFS Ambassador and Gaisce winner 16-year-old Will O Callaghan, a 4th-year student from And Scoil Ris. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.

DIAL House

Pictured at the announcement of the DFS Makeover for DIAL House in Limerick were Una Burns, Novas, Roisin Lafferty, DFS Ambassador and Gaisce winner, 16-year-old Will O Callaghan, a 4th-year student from Ard Scoil Ris. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.

DIAL House is a life-changing service, which celebrates 10 years of existence this year and is run by Novas, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West region. An extraordinary six-bed residential facility, it accommodates care leavers who are at risk of homelessness. Residents are all aged between 18 and 25. Most of the estimated 100 plus young people who have passed through its doors in the past ten years have not been given the easiest start in life. The service was set up to “mirror a home environment and not an institution” after identifying an urgent need in Limerick to develop a specialised service for young care leavers.

To mark its first anniversary of successful trading in Limerick, DFS, the sofa retailer, is working with its charity partner Gaisce and its Brand Ambassador, award winning Interiors expert Roisin Lafferty, to give DIAL House residential home a new look to really mirror a family home environment. Roisin recently hosted a hugely successful event in the DFS Store in Limerick supporting the work of Novas where €1096 was raised.

“I feel very passionately that where you live really impacts on your mood and how you feel, so I’m really excited about this makeover project. Novas Limerick offers an invaluable service to the community of Limerick. Homelessness is a cause very close to my heart and I am honoured to be able to aid such an important charity and to work with the young people here who live at DIAL House, Will O’Callaghan, a talented young designer and Gaisce Awardee, DFS and my team at Kingston Lafferty Design to make this house somewhere even more special.” Roisin said.

DFS is a Gold Charity Partner with Gaisce, the President’s Award enabling hundreds of young people to benefit from the life-changing Gaisce experience.  

DIAL House

Pictured at the announcement of the DFS Makeover for DIAL House in Limerick were Susan Murphy, Roisin Lafferty and Carragh Fisherson discussing ideas for the makeover. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media.

Will O’Callaghan, a 4th-year student from Ard Scoil Ris said, “I am seriously considering a career in Architecture or Interior design and am excited at this opportunity to work with the very successful Roisin Lafferty in remodelling DIAL House.”
Novas is thrilled to be associated with this event with Communications Manager Una Burns stating that: “We try to provide homes for families and single people every day. We are extremely grateful to DFS and to Roisin Lafferty for decorating our DIAL House service in the city.”

To read about the DFS Novas Fundraiser with Roisin Lafferty click here

For more information on DIAL House click here

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