Charity Volunteers Offered Counselling
The Independent has today published an article that provides a chilling warning of what the Irish community and voluntary sector may be facing (further) into following tomorrows budget.
The story relates to volunteers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), which is facing an unprecedented "flood of requests" for assistance in the run up to Christmas.
The Independent reports that volunteers have been left traumatised by the scale of impoverishment and disadvantage that so many people they deal with are experiencing.
Brendan Dempsey, the SVP's southern director, admitted that some volunteers had been "totally taken aback by the sheer scale of the poverty problem" and, as a result, SVP decided to offer them counselling.