WHAT IS THE Equality fund?
The Equality Fund is a €300,000 Awards fund created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in partnership with the Peter Kinney and Lisa Sandquist Foundation and the Department of Rural and Community Development. The Department of Rural and Community Development provides match funding for all philanthropic funds raised by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The objective of the fund is to provide critical supports to social innovations that are aimed at strengthening equality while supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities in Ireland.
LGBT Champions Programme
Designed and initiated in 2018, LGBT Ireland’s LGBT Champions Programme aims to equip older people’s services in Ireland with the confidence and competence to “come out as LGBT friendly”. The LGBTI+ Champions Training Programme addresses the major gap in awareness, knowledge and skills among health and social care staff of the existence and specific needs of older LGBTI+ people using their services. The LGBTI+ Champions project provides LGBTI+ training and networking opportunities, which supports health and social care professionals to build the knowledge and skills which they need to enable older LGBTI+ people in their care to live happy and healthy lives that are free from loneliness, isolation, prejudice and discrimination.
Power to Recover
Power to Recover is an online e-health initiative developed by Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) in order to increase their capacity to help and support those who have experienced rape and other forms of sexual violence and to remove barriers to accessing such support. In an innovative approach, they will have an assessment of suitability for the programme by a DRCC therapist, online modules undertaken at the user’s own pace, and telephone support. The programme is targeted towards those on a wait-list for counselling, those who do not want to attend face-to-face counselling, people who may prefer to access web-based information, and those who cannot access services.