Generation Inspiration: Creches to host St Patricks Day events in aid of Sophia

Sophia Housing Association is working with hundreds of people across Ireland who for any number of reasons find themselves homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.To help Sophia to continue its work with the most vulnerable children in our society they are asking preschools and crèches across Ireland to support its Generation Inspiration campaign by hosting a St. Patricks Day party one of the days of week 10th March.Children will come to preschool or crèche, and with the support of their parents, donate what they can to Sophia. All funds will be directed into frontline services to ensure children being supported by Sophia have the best chance of leading a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Homelessness is not unique to any one demographic, it can affect men, women, and children, in fact Sophia currently provides support to 115 children, of which 72 are under the age of 9 and 41 under the age of 4.Sophia provides a range of child centred services which include preschool, out of school, homework groups, supported access visits, individual and family play sessions.

According to Mary Gilton, Childcare Resource Coordinator, Sophia, “One of the things that’s unique about many of Sophia’s on-site child care services is that we get to know the children and the parents. Many childcare facilities don’t get the opportunity to develop a relationship with the parents. We can often identify if there are problems at home and help to ensure issues get resolved as quickly as possible. We do this by linking with the support workers in Sophia projects so that there is a seamless and integrated service delivered to the whole family.

“We provide a range of child-centred services, depending on the needs of the people and the resources that are available to each project. We create a safe, calm space for the children, a place they can be themselves. It’s often the case that children who have experienced homelessness have had to play the role of parent and look after themselves and other members of the family. In Sophia, they get to develop skills in how to play, in how to get on with other people and how to name and acknowledge their feelings. In our after school programme, they get support with homework if they need that.”

Crèches and preschools can register for a pack by contacting Paul Ahearne or Cathryn O’Leary on 01 4738300 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All registered crèches and preschools will be entered into a draw to win a subscription worth €250 for Recreate, the arts, play and education resource hub which provides access to a huge range of affordable, creative materials, art & craft supplies and inspiration for people of all ages and abilities locally and nationally.

(Pictured is celebrity mum Sybil Mulcahy from TV3 with Amira Lasmi who attends Sophia Housing’s Le Cheile Creche and Nurturing Centre in Dublin’s Cork Street. Picture credit; Naoise Culhane)