While the weekly activities we do in Trinity VDP are so amazing and so worthwhile, we have to acknowledge also that they are unfortunately very short term.
No matter how many smiles we can put on people's faces on our street outreach programme, it won't end homelessness;
No matter how much respite we can provide families in need with our kids clubs, they won't enable those families to lead an empowering life;
No matter how much joy we can bring with our social clubs for adults with additional support needs, they won't eradicate the stigmas around intellectual disability.
This is where our social justice team comes in.
VDP Social Justice aims to address the social issues that give rise to the need for our activities, and work towards adding VDP voices to the efforts to bring about institutional change that will benefit our service users.
We are always eager to field any thoughts and ideas so be sure to get in touch with our Social Justice Officer, Conall, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and keep an eye out for some exciting projects in VDP Social Justice throughout the year
26 March 2019
Seekers was a gig featuring a number of performers living in Direct Provision, aimed at celebrating diversity of culture while also raising awareness for the injustices of Direct Provision
2 November 2018
Red Out was a campaign encouraging students to wear red clothing to raise awareness for the refugee crisis
Telling the Untold
1 November 2018
Telling the Untold was a candlelight vigil held in the front square of Trinity College for the 1,000 asylum seekers who passed away that year, accompanied by reading of poetry and personal accounts
Being Homeless in 21st Century Ireland
21 February 2018
Being Homeless in 21st Century Ireland was a panel discussion on the topic featuring experts in youth research, medical care and psychology for people who are homeless
How to End Homelessness
12 December 2017
How to End Homelessness was a discussion hosted by the VDP Social Justice team during Christmas Appeal week, fielding an informative debate on the country's approach to the housing crisis