Colouring pens and picture books in emergency B&Bs – check out Foundations Project

October 8, 2015

The CDETB Foundations Project featured on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1 this week. Journalist Evelyn O’Rourke was doing a piece about life in emergency B&B’s and hotels for homeless families when she met Amy Nyhan and Martina Sheehy, staff members from Foundations Project. They were in an emergency B&B handing out colouring pens and picture books to children and giving parents information on our After-schools Service in Sean McDermott St. Evelyn O’Rourke was amazed to see the service and keen to find out more about it afterwards.

Clare Schofield, Project Co-ordinator gave her information about the free After-schools Service, with sports, art, outings and activities to give children space away from the confines of emergency accommodation. About 40 children attend each week. The project also runs an Outreach Children’s Book Club, with donations from DCC Libraries when they take books out of stock. These are distributed to children around some of the emergency accommodations, along with colouring packs and information on the programmes. ‘Parents and children in emergency accommodation are often so grateful for this simple service – we get a lot of smiles in what can inevitably be a very depressing environment for families.’

Foundations Project always welcomes donations of good quality books for children. Evelyn O’Rourke kindly made an appeal in this regard and is visiting the project herself next week to drop in books. There was a great response to the radio piece with a number of people contacting the project later with further offers of books and toys to donate. Many thanks to Evelyn and the other kind people who got in touch.

You can hear Evelyn’s piece here: – rte

Foundations Project is a CDETB and HSE funded education initiative for people using homeless services. We offer programmes and support services to help people move on from homelessness towards education and training or employment.

All our services are free and are available to anyone who is currently using homeless services, who has experienced homelessness in the past or is at risk of homelessness.

Joining our programmes is simple – just phone us or ask a staff member to call on your behalf.

  •  Project Co-ordinator: Clare Schofield
  • Phone: 878 6658 / 873 6012 (Extension 5)
  • Email:

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For more information visit Foundations Project website here.


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