The experience of being homeless is deeply traumatic for children and their parents, homelessness itself is traumatic and puts families in situations where they are at greater risk of additional traumatic experiences.
Sophia recognises this and has a dedicated childcare team working in our Nurturing Centres. The Nurturing Centres focus on each child encouraging them to thrive despite any traumas they may have experienced.
In our dedicated Nurturing Centres in Donabate and Cork St, Sophia provides support to the families living in Sophia tenancies. We also provide support to families living in emergency accommodation through our Outreach Services.
In total 48 children were supported by Sophia Nurturing Centres through pre-school and after-school services in 2019 with our Afterschool Club which went from strength to straight in 2019.
The St John of God early years group continued to work with our Nurturing
Centre in Cork St taking part in drama classes.