20th Anniversary Article Series Introduction

                         EPIC 20th Anniversary Article Series Introduction This year is the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Association of Young People In Care, which in 2011 became EPIC Empowering People In Care. As part of our 20th anniversary celebration we are delighted to present the first of a series of articles which we hope will provide interesting overview on EPIC from our foundation in 1999, to our work today and the future direction of the organisation. The articles are written by individuals and groups who have shared EPIC’s journey in one way or another over the past twenty years. These articles are written by Young People, members of the EPIC Youth Council, current and former members of the EPIC team, Board Members and professionals from other organisations that have worked closely with EPIC and contributed to where we are today. All articles will be available under the News & Events>20th  Anniversary menu tab on our website at https://www.epiconline.ie/topics/20th-anniversary/ We hope that you will enjoy these articles and join us in celebrating our 20th year....

20th Anniversary Article – EPIC The Beginnings

                         EPIC 20th Anniversary Article Series      EPIC – The Beginnings By Mr. Ken Hodgins, former HSE Social Work Team Leader February 2019   “The beginnings of IAYPIC – the Irish Association of Young People in Care began as far back as April 1995. The Childcare Committee of the Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW), which I chaired, brought together a group of young people in care alongside other agencies including the Irish Foster Care Association (IFCA) and the Children’s Legal Centre; and the ‘Young People in Care Support Network’ was established.  This group faded away unfortunately after about six months due to lack of support.  The following year, when the IASW was meeting with the Department of Health regarding the setting up of the Irish Social Services Inspectorate (which later became HIQA) the Department offered me an opportunity to bring a group of young people in care, into the Dept. of Health to give their own views on the setting up of the Inspectorate and the Care System overall.  This took place in October 1996, and one of the priority items on the young peoples’ agenda was to receive a commitment from the Dept. of Health to provide funding to set up a professionally run organisation to represent the voice of young people in care and care leavers.  This group met again a few weeks later in an office in Focus Point (which later became Focus Ireland) and I believe that this was when we formally called themselves IAYPIC (following the Australian Organisation AAYPIC, and VOYPIC...

20th Anniversary Article – A personal reflection

                                                       EPIC Anniversary Article Series               A personal reflection on the early days of EPIC By Catherine Carthy – founder of EPIC 24th January 2019   On the 15th January 2000, I began work in the role of National Co-ordinator of the Irish Association of Young People in Care (IAYPIC). It sounds grander than it was, as in reality the organisation was a desk on the top floor of Barnardo’s Head Office in Dublin, a mobile phone and a 2-page project proposal. In the first weeks, I began to draw up plans of how we could action their vision for the organisation. We initially met as a small group of five, but quickly identified a number of key people to be part of a wider management committee. The organisation was still little more than an elaborate proposal with a co-ordinator. Within a number of months, IAYPIC was being recognised as an organisation that represented the views of young people in care and we began to be inundated by requests to participate on boards and fora where the voice of young people in care had been missing heretofore. The National Children’s Strategy was being drafted in those first months of 2000, and John Collins from the Department of Health asked IAYPIC to convene a group of young people with care experience who would give their views on what they thought should be included in a ten-year children’s strategy....

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About ÈPIC Our Mission, Vision and Work h Mission To advocate at a national and local level for the rights of young people in and with care experience. To promote the voices of young people in and with care experience. To base our advocacy on meaningful engagement with young people, documented data and commissioned research. l Organisation EPIC is divided into four key parts  Advocacy Policy Research Youth Engagement SOME edit it right here These four sections work together to better promote the rights of children in care and young people and adults with care experience. Our 1:1 advocacy service and our Youth Engagement & Participation activities inform all of EPIC’s policy, research and lobbying work. If you are a young person in care or aftercare check out the information in our Care  Questions and Aftercare sections. You will find lots of info about care, links to helpful sites and services and info about how EPIC can best support you. [/et_pb_sidebar]...

Meet the team – Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick

Meet the team: Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick Terry Dignan CEO of EPIC Terry Dignan joined EPIC in January 2017. Terry is the former Director of Trinity Consultants, a leading provider of support services to organizations supporting children and youth. He has over 20 years’ experience working in both the statutory and voluntary sectors in Ireland and internationally. He is former Director of the Sheredar Foundation, the first rehabilitation centre of its kind providing services to children and families from Russia. He was Director of Programmes at Barretstown and Chief Executive Officer at L’Envol (France), a centre for children and families affected by life-threatening illnesses. He was involved in a number of international children’s projects including the Beslan School siege, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami rehabilitation and leadership programmes for children and youth whose lives are affected by conflict. Terry can be contacted at terrydignan@epiconline.ie. Karla Charles Policy Manager. Karla is EPIC’s Policy Manager and has been working in the children’s rights and human rights sector for over a decade. She holds a Masters in Laws (LL.M London) in Human Rights Law, with a focus on children’s rights. She completed her graduate studies at Trinity College and postgraduate studies at the King’s Inns.  She has previously worked for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), the Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO), the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), the Children’s Commissioner for England, amongst others. Karla can be contacted at karlacharles@epiconline.ie John Murphy Advocacy Officer and Researcher Southern Region. John has worked in residential care in both Wicklow and Cork. Following on from this he worked...

Peer-Led Life Skills Programme

National Peer-Led Life Skills Programme The programme began in early 2016. This is a life skills programme containing five modules that are designed and delivered by adults who have care experience, for children in care to ensure that they are adequately prepared to transition into adulthood. The topics covered in the five modules are: Aftercare, Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Addiction, Healthy Relationships and Budgeting. The modules were initially developed in spring 2016 by the peer educators and EPIC staff. To ensure they were of a high standard of quality, EPIC organised focus groups with a number of professionals from relevant services: Mental Health, Homelessness, Probation, University Access Programme and Alternative Care. They also received input from care leavers, and other organisations that have experience in delivering peer-led education (VOYPIC in Northern Ireland, Become in England and Crosscare in Ireland). Finally, they consulted with specific organisations to ensure the module content was comprehensive, such as MABS and Ulster Bank. These modules were updated in February 2017. The modules were initially developed in spring 2016 by the peer educators and EPIC staff. To ensure they were of a high standard of quality, EPIC organised focus groups with a number of professionals from relevant services: Mental Health, Homelessness, Probation, University Access Programme and Alternative Care. They also received input from care leavers, and other organisations that have experience in delivering peer-led education (VOYPIC in Northern Ireland, Become in England and Crosscare in Ireland). Finally, they consulted with specific organisations to ensure the module content was comprehensive, such as MABS and Ulster Bank. These modules were updated in February 2017. The Peer Education Team...

EPIC Youth Board

EPIC Youth Board About the Youth Board The EPIC Youth Board is made up of a group of young people with care experience between the ages of 16 – 25 years who give advice to EPIC on issues and themes of concern to young people in care & work on campaigns and projects to improve the outcomes for young people in care.   Joint Chair of The EPIC Youth Board: Mark Gray  Mark is Joint Chair of The EPIC Youth Board. Mark has over 12 years of care experience living in residential care. He has been involved with EPIC now for over 2.5 years. Mark attends many conferences and presentations with EPIC and shares his views on the Irish Care System. He hopes to pursue a Degree in Social Care commencing September 2015. Joint Chair of The EPIC Youth Board: Lindsay O’Toole Lindsay is currently joint chairperson of the EPIC Youth Board. Lindsay has over 12 years care experience; Lindsay has been involved in EPIC since December 2013. Lindsay has represented EPIC on numerous occasions participating in conferences and events. Lindsay has been involved in a creative writing workshop run by EPIC and this work is soon to be published. The EPIC Youth Board Meeting together.. Talking together.. Acting together.. [/et_pb_sidebar] [/et_pb_sidebar] HAVE YOUR SAY ! Have you care experience and are you aged between 16-25 years old? Do you want to join a dynamic team committed to improving the care system? Do you want to be involved in campaigns and events for and about young people with care experience? WHAT CAN I EXPECT ? Talking Together - Sharing...

Governance

Governance About the Board The members of the EPIC Board all work as volunteers. They have different experiences and skills to help guide the work of EPIC. The principle responsibilities of the Board is governance of the organisation. This means that the Board is responsible for what happens within EPIC . This includes: Making sure that EPIC is doing the work it was set up to do Making sure that EPIC uses the funding and the assets of the organisation responsibly Making sure that EPIC is accountable Making sure that EPIC behaves legally Terry Brophy, Chairperson Terry is the chairperson of Epic since April 2013, having joined the board of Epic in 2012. Terry is a qualified Social Care practitioner having graduated from the ‘Dublin Institute of Technology’ in 2001.  Terry has 22 years experience of working in various community and social care environments. Presently Terry works in intellectual disability services as a Services Manager. For nine years Terry service managed ‘St Catherine’s Foyer’ a large youth orientated homeless service providing accommodation and training. Having gained a particular expertise and understanding of youth homelessness, Terry contributed to a departmental review of the implementation of the youth homelessness strategy – ‘Every Child A Home’. Michael Moriarty, Vice Chair, Secretary Michael Moriarty has been a board member of EPIC since July 2012. He is the Head of Finance & Administration of Ana Liffey Drug Project. He previously worked in overseas aid with Plan Ireland and GOAL; as well as a Tax Manager for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Michael is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Advisor. He has an MA in Social Justice...

About Us

About Us Our Mission, Vision and Work h Mission To advocate at a national and local level for the rights of young people in and with care experience. To promote the voices of young people in and with care experience. To base our advocacy on meaningful engagement with young people, documented data and commissioned research. l Organisation EPIC is divided into four key parts: Advocacy Policy Research Youth Engagement These four sections work together to better promote the rights of children in care and young people and adults with care experience. Our 1:1 advocacy service and our Youth Engagement & Participation activities inform all of EPIC’s policy, research and lobbying work. If you are a young person in care or aftercare check out the information in our Care  Questions and Aftercare sections. You will find lots of info about care, links to helpful sites and services and info about how EPIC can best support you. [/et_pb_sidebar]...

Vacancies

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