ESB funding of €47,000 to help tackle homelessness and advance educational attainment

  • Cheque presentation at ESB International offices in the presence of Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Brendan Carr
  • Funding recipients include Peter McVerry Trust, Dublin Simon Community, Jigsaw Dublin City, South Dublin County Partnership
  • ESB has donated over €10m to charities across Ireland in past ten years through its Energy for Generations Fund

15 November 2016

ESB has awarded funding of €47,000 to four Dublin-based charities at a special cheque presentation that took place today to mark summer and autumn rounds of the Energy for Generations Fund.

Funding was awarded to four organisations working in areas of homelessness, youth mental health and educational attainment - Peter McVerry Trust, Dublin Simon Community, Jigsaw Dublin City, South Dublin County Partnership.

Cllr Brendan Carr, the Lord Mayor of Dublin commended ESB for its awarding of significant funding to four organisations highly regarded for their work in Dublin. “It is a genuine pleasure to recognise the efforts of four tremendous organisations working in very practical and effective ways to help fellow Dubliners. ESB has a long and proud tradition of supporting communities and the Energy for Generations Fund continues in that spirit, addressing some of the key social issues facing Ireland today. I learned today that funding, while critical, is only part of the solution. I’ve been impressed to hear first-hand that ESB staff are generously sharing their skills and knowledge to effect change in some of our most marginalised communities.”

ESB International Managing Director Ollie Brogan spoke of how the company seeks to empower and enrich the lives of individuals and communities across Ireland through its corporate social responsibility programme. “This investment is about helping people reach their full potential and ensuring a brighter future for our neighbours and friends across Dublin. I commend the four charities today for their sterling work and sharing with us how the funding will be used to practical effect. What was also heart-warming was the presence of so many of my ESB International colleagues at the event this morning. It is ESB staff themselves who have selected homelessness, suicide prevention and educational attainment as the focus areas of our Energy for Generations fund. ”

Peter McVerry Trust works to tackle homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. CEO Pat Doyle said that the funding will help the fit-out of two new units of residential accommodation. “As an organisation, we are committed to the reduction of homelessness and to help all of those on the margins of Irish society so it is very important that ESB is keeping  this issue at the centre of their initiative to address key social issues. We want to provide a key to their own door for as many people experiencing homelessness in Ireland as possible and this ESB funding will assist us in kitting out two new homes.”

Dublin Simon Community work to prevent and address homelessness in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. Justyna Drogomirecka, Corporate Fundraising Manager says that the funding will help in the construction of two counselling rooms with disability access and one group room in Dublin 8. “This centre will serve clients of Dublin Simon Community. Ellen Hall is a modern, comfortable and therapeutic surrounding offering two counselling rooms, a group room, reception and waiting area. It will enable people we work with  to continue their journey out of homelessness. We are extremely grateful to ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund for their support of the Ellen Hall Counseling Centre.”

Jigsaw Dublin City provides early intervention mental health services to young people between the ages of 12 to 25 years. James Barry, Project Manager says that the contribution will go towards the decoration, fitting and furnishing of the new Jigsaw Dublin City Hub in Temple Bar. “This vital funding will ensure Jigsaw Dublin City can support young people experiencing difficulties in a comfortable, welcoming and youth friendly setting. We are incredibly appreciate of the on-going support from the ESB Energy for Generations Fund and the role it has played in allowing us to fulfil our mission of changing how Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health.”  

South Dublin County Partnership are a local and community development company who work to create sustainable and vibrant communities, particularly with people experiencing poverty and exclusion. Deborah Brock, Senior Manager, Lifelong Learning at the Partnership says that the grant awarded will support their innovative and unique education programme entitled  ‘Trade Taster’. “This programme supports vulnerable young people across South Dublin. It provides them with an insight into the construction sector, sample different trades, understand the process involved in undertaking an apprenticeship and develop their personal skills, qualities and strengths to make informed choices in order to pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education or training.”

Each year, ESB awards funding to approximately 150 projects across Ireland. The last round of successful projects were wide-ranging and included counselling services, childhood literacy and numeracy programmes, educational activities for adults and workshops on mental health and well-being. ESB also supports and encourages staff volunteering, with over 30,000 hours of staff volunteering hours recorded in 2015.

Over the past 10 years, ESB has awarded approximately €10million through the ESB Energy for Generations Fund to community-based projects around Ireland. These projects are primarily in the areas of educational disadvantage, suicide prevention and homelessness. Full details on applying for funding including eligibility criteria for projects, can be found here.

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund is open to organisations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Read more.

About ESB:

ESB operates right across the electricity market: from generation, through transmission and distribution to the supply of customers. ESB is the owner of the distribution and transmission networks in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It has a 49% share of generation in the all-island market and a 38% share of electricity supply in the all-island market with 1.4 million customer accounts.

ESB contributes over €2billion annually to the Irish economy through dividends, investments, taxes and jobs. ESB provides significant employment both directly, with 7,600 employees, and indirectly through contractors and service providers.