Sligo Social Services
Sligo Social Services opened its doors to the people of Sligo in 1969, with a clear vision to improve the quality of life of the local community. The fledgling organisation had a clear vision to assist in providing much needed services to those who were suffering the effects of disadvantage and marginalisation. A friendly, confidential and community based Service, we are proud that the ultimate measure of our work is seeing positive change in the lives of others.
What is your goal?
To achieve long-term, sustainable improvements in the quality of life of those needing our services and support in the Sligo region, delivered in partnership with statutory agencies and other non-profit organisations, and through the support of our local communities. To be flexible and innovative in our response to those who are experiencing difficulties in our community, recognising their changing needs and circumstances, in order that they will never find themselves alone and without support.
How have you been working towards it?
Our work towards achieving our goal has included:
1. Supporting individuals and families who are homeless through the provision of:
- Emergency Accommodation for men and women who present as homeless
- Short-term Accommodation Services for individuals and families
- Resettlement support for those who are homeless
- Substance Misuse Service offering individual support for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
- Housing Liaison Service supporting people inpatient in Sligo University Hospital who are homeless or have a housing issue
2. Delivery of Housing First Service to people who are homeless in the Northwest Region
3. Delivery of Childcare services including:
- Targeted early years childcare service
- Two after school services in collaboration with Cranmore/Abbeyquarter Community Centre and St. Edwards Primary School, Ballytivnan
4. Provision of an Open Access Service which assists families and individuals with advice and information on entitlements and welfare issues and direct support in the form of food.
5. Support to Older people through the delivery of :
- Meals-on-Wheels Service to recipients in Sligo town and North County Sligo
- Provision of a home visiting Befriending Service to older people
6. Delivery of a Counselling Service to young people
7. Provision of Community Employment Projects including:
- Employing 34 participants on mainstream community employment programme.
- Delivery of a Community Employment Drugs Rehabilitation Scheme to 15 participants
How has being a member of The Wheel helped?
Support with training, information and in particular provides a strong advocacy/lobbying voice for smaller organisations.
How can people support you?
We are always looking for volunteers to help deliver services and in our fundraising activities including our charity shop. People can also support is by donating second-hand clothes and bric a brac for our charity shop
Where can people find you on social media?
Facebook: Sligo Social Services