The ethos of St Michael’s Centre is about ‘building relationships, trust and respect and it’s because of this that people will come back again. This is not a place of judgement.’
What started off on a part-time basis, three mornings a week, has now grown and the centre is open nearly four and half days a week with 120 volunteers working on a variety of projects. The centre is funded by donations and grant aid from various sources and they work in partnership with others organisations including Age Action Ireland, the HSE, Cork County Council and the Irish Council of Social Housing and The Housing Agency.
‘We’ve gone from a few hundred in the first year to now having 5,000 threshold visitors with almost 75% of those coming in to see us, and that’s not to mention the Wheels on Meals.’
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