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PHOTOS – Novas Childhood Experiences of Homelessness seminar in Limerick

Novas Childhood Experiences of Homelessness seminar in Limerick  

By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins

Novas is hosting a Seminar on Novas Childhood Experiences of Homelessness on Friday 10th of November in the Belltable Theatre, 69 O’Connell Street, Limerick.

A panel of national experts will present on a range of issues including; the impact of homelessness on children in relation to play, education, development and nutrition, the personal experiences of children living in emergency accommodation and the right to housing at the Novas Childhood Experiences of Homelessness.


Speakers include Tanya Ward, CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance, Nuala Ward, Director of Investigations with the Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Dr Sharon Lambert of the School of Applied Psychology in UCC.

The seminar will also include a photo exhibition of transient living condition and a service user panel discussion, including families who have experienced homelessness.

Novas will also launch its 2016 annual report on the same day. The report highlights the increasing number of people availing of a Novas service. In the twelve month period, the organisation supported more than 3,500 people. This was an increase of 45% from the previous year and 270% since 2010. More than 550 children were supported by the organisation during the year.

Novas set up its first service in Ireland in 2002. Funded by the HSE and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government it provides services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Working with families, children and single adults who are disadvantaged or socially excluded, it offers client centred services and promotes social justice. It provides services in Limerick, Dublin, Kerry, Tipperary, Clare and Cork.

The event will be held from 9 am until 1.30pm. It is a free event but spaces are limited. To reserve a space email [email protected].

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.