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Annual Review 2015

Homeless and Drugs Crisis Reaches Unprecedented Levels.

 

The Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review for 2015 was launched by Ms. Catherine Byrne, TD, Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy on the occasion of her visit to MQI's High Park Residential Rehabilitation and detox on 16th Septmebr 2016.

MQI’s Annual Review highlights the continued growth of homelessness and drug use and the increasing levels of hardship and vulnerability experienced by so many men and women today. While there is much talk of the improving economy, these improvements haven’t filtered down to those most in need.

Speaking at the launch, Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland said:

At Merchants Quay we remain as committed as ever to supporting people out of homelessness and addiction. But, with unprecedented levels of both in 2015, it grows ever harder for us and, more importantly, for the people we serve. But, as I speak, we have a real chance for positive change. The new government has committed to addressing the homeless situation and developing an action plan as a priority. The National Drugs Strategy expires in 2016 and the process of developing the new strategy has begun. We must all work together to see that this chance is not squandered.

 

  • The unprecedented levels of homelessness were clear to see in MQI, where just over 7,500 people accessed our homeless services in 2015.

 

  • MQI provided 98,865 meals for Ireland’s homeless and hungry over the course of the year.

 

  • With so many sleeping rough, MQI’s Night Café opened in January 2015 as a response. Open from 11pm to 8am, it caters for up to 50 people every night of the week. Across the year MQI served 1,972 individuals who would have had to brave the streets without the service.

 

  • Last year 2,676 individuals used MQI’s needle-exchange service. 461 of these individuals were first-time presenters to the service.

 

  • Providing pathways out of drugs is a key aspect of MQI’s work, and residential detoxification and drug-free rehabilitation programmes were in strong demand in 2015.There were 175 admissions across these services with an 83% detox completion rate.

 

In concluding remarks, Tony Geoghegan said:

We stand at such an important crossroads now. We hope that the government will hold to its commitments to prioritise the issues of homelessness and drugs and will provide the leadership and resources needed to address these issues in a real and meaningful way. I hope we can all work together to take the right path.

Annual Review 2014

Homeless and Drugs crisis continues to grow in Dublin and around the country.

 

Merchants Quay Ireland’s Annual Review 2014 was presented to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, on the occasion of his visit to MQI’s Drugs and Homeless Services on September 11th.  

 

MQI’s Annual Review highlights the continued growth of homelessness and drug use and the increasing levels of hardship and vulnerability experienced by the many men and women caught in drugs and homelessness today. While there is much talk of the improving economic situation, these improvements haven’t filtered down to those most in need. Speaking At the launch, Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland said:  “Issues of drugs and homelessness can be addressed. This is demonstrated to us again and again by the many service users who, when receiving the support they need, can and do move on successfully with their lives.” Among the issues revealed in the Review are the following:

 

  • MQI homeless food service provided approx. 80,000 meals in 2014. Our primary healthcare service for homeless people provided 5329 healthcare interventions which is a 19% increase on 2013. Over 1,000 people accessed our GP services, a 28% increase over 2013. These statistics reflect the harsh reality of homelessness and drug use and life on the streets.

 

  • MQI’s Needle exchange service in Dublin recorded over 24,000 needle exchange interventions an increase of 6% from 2013.  In total over 3,179 individuals accessed our needle exchange programme during 2014, of which 527 were new service users.

 

  • MQI’s Prison based Addiction Counselling Service treated 2,888 individuals in one to one and group work sessions, an increase of 18% on 2013.

 

  • Across MQI’s residential facilities there are an increased number of people from outside Dublin accessing services.
    • St Francis Farm Residential Detox and Rehab units in Carlow served clients from across 19 counties.
    • Our Dublin based Residential Rehab at High Park, while primarily serving clients from the Dublin region also served clients from across 10 counties.
    • This highlights the real need for detox and rehab facilities across Ireland

 

In concluding remarks on the review Tony Geoghegan said: “We are currently facing unprecedented levels of homelessness that are further exacerbated by, and contributing to, problem drug use. As a matter of urgency I call on the government to hold fast to their commitments to a just society and as a matter of urgency to put in place the necessary resources to make a real difference in the lives of people caught in the misery of drugs and homelessness.”

 

To read the speech given by President Michael D Higgins at our Annual Review Launch, please see here: http://www.president.ie/en/media-library/speeches/speech-at-merchants-quay-ireland

 

Quay Times: Winter Edition 2015

In this latest edition of Quay Times, find out first hand how your donations really effect change right at the frontilne from Brenda, MQI's Programme and Drug Services Coordinator.  

"The majority of our clients have only the colothes they stand up in....Every donation no matter the size is essential,"  CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Also in this edition. 

  • Special messgages of thanks directly from the staff in our Riverbank Centre. With out your donation our staff dedicated staff would not be able to effect change anoungts som eof Ireland's most vulnerable people and all our staff, not just in our Riverbank day centre, but hose all accross Ireland wanted to make sure you knew just how thankfull they are. CLICK HERE to see all the wonderful pictures and messages.
  • 24hours Homeless Servie Opens at MQI: As a direct result of your voice and support, Merchants Quay officially launched Ireland's first 24hour access homeless service just weeks ago. CLICK HERE to read more about the early details of this wonderful new service. 

And Finally......

  • Join us for a cuppa: Coffee Mornig and Private donor tours. See first hand what your kindness and generosity has achieved. you'll be amazed. To RSVP ring Aislinn or Martina on 01 524 0139. We'd love for you and your honored guests to join us. Free refreshments!

Autumn Newsletter 2014

Two years after our wonderful supporters rallied to open MQI's Riverbank Day Centre in the heart of Dublin, read how this continued compassion keeps giving in some AMAZING and SURPRISING ways.

Also in the Autumn Edition of Quay Times

  • Helping people back into secure accomodation: MQI's Rent Drposite Fund
  • MQI's FREE Christmas Concert 2014. All are welcome.
  • Come for a Cuppa: Merchants Quay's monthyl Thursday Coffee Mornings.
  • Worlds Greatest Wish List: Warm Clothes and Water Proofs needed to help people with so little throgh the cold damp Winter months.

We hope you enjoy the Autumn Edition of Quay Times. If you have any questions out Merchants Quay Ireland you are welcome to call us on 01 524 0139.

Thank you

Annual Review 2013

Homeless and Drugs crisis continues to grow in Dublin and around the country.

 

Merchants Quay Ireland’s Annual Review 2013 was launched today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mr Christy Burke.

MQI’s 17th Annual Review highlights the continued growth of homelessness and drug use and the increasing levels of hardship and vulnerability experienced by the many men and women caught in drugs and homelessness today. While there is much talk of the improving economic situation, these improvements haven’t filtered down to those most in need.

 

  • MQI homeless food service provided over 85,000 meals in 2013, an 11% increase over 2012. Our primary healthcare service for homeless people provided over 4,500 individual client interventions which is a 35% on 2012.  These statistics are strong indications of the increasing levels of hardship and vulnerability experienced by homeless people.

 

  • MQI’s Needle exchange service in Dublin recorded over 25,000 client visits, showing an increase of 16% from 2012.  In total over 3,260 individuals accessed our needle exchange programme during 2013, of which 614 were new service users, an increase of 10%. 

 

  • Growth in drug use outside Dublin continued where MQI’s Midlands Harm Reduction Outreach Service saw 3,264 visits to the service, an increase of 34%.

 

  • Across MQI’s residential facilities there are an increased number of people from outside Dublin accessing services.
    • 58% of admissions the St Francis Farm Detox unit came from outside Dublin. The Detox unit served clients from across 18 counties.
    • 48% of those accessing our drug-free rehabilitation service based at High Park, Drumcondra and St Francis Farm, Tullow were from outside the Dublin region. This highlights the real need for detox and rehab facilities across Ireland

 

Speaking At the launch, Tony Geoghegan, CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland said:  “It’s totally unacceptable that up to 150 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin every night. While there is much talk of the improving economic situation, these improvements haven’t filtered down to those most in need. In fact, conversely, as the economy recovers, it has placed increased pressure on the over-priced rental market and is trapping more and more people in homelessness. With the budget due soon we call on the government to honour their commitment to social justice and ensure that the benefits of the recovery are targeted to protect the most vulnerable men and women in Ireland.” 

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