A Derry community service based in the city’s Bogside is celebrating a successful 2015 whilst looking forward to 2016.
Dove House runs a number of projects and services that directly benefit members of the local community.
Its advice service includes five full time workers providing advice to approximately 10,000 people per year. The workers assist with everything from form filling, DLA, appeal representation, housing, ESA and employment. The advice service also has three full time debt workers dealing with debt totalling £8 million.
Dove House is also running the Well Fair project. Well Fair has two workers providing advice and advocacy to older vulnerable individuals within the community. The service provides outreach advice as well as a befriending service.
A service which has been providing support to women experiencing domestic abuse within the Triax area is Advocacy. The project provides a supportive service to women helping them make the correct moves into specialised services such as Women’s Aid.
For almost 20 years Youth First has been running from Dove House. The project continues to deliver high quality youth interventions for young people aged 4-25 within the Bogside.
Dove House also facilitate the Youth Transition Project. This is a PHA funded One Stop Shop for young people providing a space for them to explore their physical and mental health and well being primarily following the 5 steps to good mental health.
This year they ran Feel Good Fortnight across Derry City to encourage young people aged 11-25 and their families to celebrate all that is good and positive in their communities and to challenge them to take the five steps to emotional well being - Connect, Be Active, keep Learning, Take Notice and Give.
The Divert project recently lost a major tender which saw the loss of an education and hidden harm service, however the project continues to deliver within the Triax area - supporting youth workers in identifying drug and alcohol problems among young people.
Skills 2020 operates form Dove House, an employment and training programme which assists those who are unemployed or inactive.
This year Dove House is running a number of appeals including the Christmas meal appeal where local people are asked to cook an extra meal on Christmas Day, the Food Appeal, the Toy Appeal and the Winter Coat appeal. Already the response has been great but if you can help please contact the centre on 71269327.