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....
Latest Newsletter – Our EPIC Life

Latest Newsletter – Our EPIC Life

The latest edition of the EPIC Newsletter is out now! Lots of great articles including a report on the ‘Let’s Talk about Leaving Care’ conference, plus in TeenZeen, Mary Bridget talks about what it was like for her going into care for the first time. Plus meet our newest member of staff and learn all about the fun you can have going mad painting the Splattervan! (The Wha’?..read on to find out more!) Download it here - EPIC Newsletter - Feb 2015 (It’s a PDF file so you’ll need to have the free Adobe Reader software, or another PDF reader...
Our EPIC Life – July 2014

Our EPIC Life – July 2014

The July 2014 edition of the EPIC Newsletter is out now! Lots of great articles. Download it here - our_epic_life_4 (It’s a PDF file so you’ll need to have the free Adobe Reader software, or another PDF reader...
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