• St. Brendans Village, Mulranny, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland
  • +353 98 36036
  • info@safehomeireland.com
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ABOUT SAFE HOME IRELAND

Safe Home Ireland is an Irish emigrant support service that provides a range of services to more than 2,000 people each year. We provide an advice and information service, undertake outreach visits and provide housing assistance to eligible applicants.

Safe Home Ireland was established in the year 2000 to assist older qualifying Irish born emigrants to explore the option of returning to live in their native areas. The organisation was set up as a Pilot Project by a local GP and our current Chairperson, Dr. Jerry Cowley.

Over the years, Safe Home has evolved from simply providing a housing option for older Irish born emigrants. Our work is now spread across the 26 counties and we provide supports to our applicants at every stage of their journey from the initial enquiry abroad to actual return home.

OUR VISION

To ensure that anyone considering returning or moving to Ireland is given every opportunity to make an informed decision.

OUR MISSION

To act as the LINK for Irish emigrants both at home and abroad by providing advice, information, guidance and supports for those seeking permanent repatriation as well as those who chose to stay in their adopted country.

OUR VALUES

Safe Home Ireland is committed to working in partnership with all relevant agencies at home and abroad to offer a professional and person centered service to our client group.

OUR IMPACT

Safe Home Ireland provide support and assistance to more than 2,000 people each year through our advice, information, outreach and housing services. In 2018, Safe Home Ireland carried out 4,065 client interventions. Our impact reports provide a snapshot of how many people we reach each year through our support services. Click on the images below to read more.

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OUR TEAM

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - KAREN MCHUGH

Karen joined Safe Home Ireland in May 2015, having worked as the CEO of Doras Luimní, a human rights NGO based in Limerick, since 2009.

Karen is a returned emigrant herself and was the Director of London based Brent Irish Advisory Service for over 10 years. Karen is passionate about human rights, equality, social justice and is delighted to be leading Safe Home Ireland in its next stage of development.

Contact Karen at: karen@safehomeireland.com

COORDINATOR - MARY ANN FADIAN

Based at the Safe Home office headquarters in Mulranny, Co. Mayo, Mary Ann tends to be the first point of contact for most enquiries. She also deals with day to day administration and finances.

Together with the Safe Home team, Mary Ann acts in a coordinating role between Safe Home clients, housing bodies and Welfare & Advice Agencies in Ireland and abroad.

Contact Mary Ann at: info@safehomeireland.com

Tel: +353 98 36036

OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY OFFICER - NOREEN MULRINE

Noreen, based in Galway, joined Safe Home in 2005 as Outreach & Advocacy Officer. Her role includes carrying out assessment home visits to our UK based clients, maintaining strong links with Irish welfare agencies abroad, liaising with housing agencies in Ireland as well as supporting both our returned clients and people who return independent of Safe home may need assistance in the initial settling in period. This can include advocating on their behalf  with various agencies such as the HSE and the Department of  Employment Affairs & Social Protection.

Contact Noreen at: noreen@safehomeireland.com

OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY OFFICER - BRENDA FLEMING

Based in Kerry, Brenda joined the team of Safe Home Ireland in 2002 as Outreach and Advocacy Officer. Her role takes her to the UK to visit applicants who are contemplating returning home as well as linking in with organisations that work with Irish Emigrants. Once applicants return home to Ireland Brenda will support and assist them with paperwork and accessing their benefits and services. Brenda loves meeting new people and supporting them in their return home. It can be a daunting task for many and it is good to be able to help smooth the way for someone who returns to live after spending most of their lives abroad.

Contact Brenda at: brenda@safehomeireland.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHAIRPERSON –  DR. JERRY COWLEY

COMPANY SECRETARY – MICHAEL J. GINNELLY

DIRECTORS –  Teresa Hanley, Padraic Grennan, Orlagh McHugh, Mary Wood, Teresa Cowley, Teresa Gallagher

GOVERNANCE

Safe Home Ireland is fully committed to operating to high standards of good practice and transparency and has signed up to the following voluntary codes of practice:

GUIDELINES FOR CHARITABLE ORGANISATIONS ON FUNDRAISING FROM THE PUBLIC

Safe Home Ireland is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

Safe Home Ireland has considered the Statement and believe we meet the standards it sets out.

Click the links to read the following documents:

Safe Home Ireland complies with the Governance Code as a Type C organisation and we re-affirmed our commitment in May 2018. The Governance Code is a principles based and voluntary code of practice for good governance of community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. We regularly review the Code to ensure our continued compliance. See www.governancecode.ie for more information.