Local projects and initatives to benefit from €130k in funding

By Aideen O'Flaherty

SEVERAL local projects and initiatives, including Saoirse Women’s Refuge in Tallaght and Beacon of Light Counselling in Clondalkin, received a funding boost in recent weeks as a result of donations made by a Clondalkin-based social enterprise, totalling €130,000.

Oakfield Trust, which provides a range of property-based services and related supports to local communities and projects, donated the funding to local initiatives that are working to combat the effect of the pandemic.

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Marie Duffin, manager of Oakfield Trust

The funding came from a surplus in the organisation’s Risk Reserve Fund, and they gave one-off funding grants to local initiatives, including food charities in Neilstown and Killinarden.

Oakfield Trust also donated to selected initiatives where the government matches the funding being given, including The Children’s Rights Alliance Emergency Food Provision Scheme and Rethink Ireland’s Social Innovation Fund.

Marie Duffin, the manager of Oakfield Trust, said: “It has been a really difficult time for the whole community during this pandemic.

“These funding donations will help and support local people and projects – with funding allocated where it is needed the most.

“We believe that now is the time for our fantastic community to come together and help each other recover from the Covid-19 crisis and build strong links for the future.

“These initiatives are doing excellent work and we are fortunate to be in a position at this time of crisis to be part of their efforts by helping to fund their projects.

“Indeed, we believe their work will have a huge supportive impact on the lives of children and families within our own community and, through shared learning and other collaborations, on communities around the country.”

Oakfield Trust, which has been based in Clondalkin for over 20 years, acquires and leases properties which they tailor to the needs of local organisations that work with marginalised groups and socially excluded communities in South Dublin.

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