Respond charity celebrates 30 years

Respond, Ireland’s leading housing charity have launched a programme of events to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Respond, Ireland’s leading housing charity have launched a programme of events to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

The charity has a number of housing estates in Kilkenny - St. Brigid’s Close, O’ Loughlin Court, Millenium Court and Cois na hAbhainn. The programme, covering the next six months, includes major conferences, the launch of significant policy documents, opening of new housing developments, family fun days and other events designed to celebrate the anniversary and to appeal to the public and Respond residents alike.

As part of the Respond! Jubilee 30 celebrations, a National Fairytale Writing Competition in partnership with the Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford was announced. The competition is open to all children under twelve living in Respond! estates across Ireland. Children are asked to write a fairytale with a modern twist in no more than 1000 words. There are a number of impressive prizes on offer including a laptop, iPad and a Kindle e-reader. The winning entry will perform the fairytale with a group of friends at the Respond! Housing National Conference in September. The Garter Lane Arts Centre will adjudicate the competition and provide support and guidance to the winning entrant.

The programme of events for the 30th anniversary highlights the work of Respond across the country, and includes a variety of high-profile national events alongside local and regional activities. These range from fun public events for all the family to announcements and launches central to the work of Respond!. A major new policy document on education will be unveiled during the celebrations, along with two large-scale Housing Conferences to be held in Cork and Dublin.

Respond is Ireland’s leading housing association, established in 1982. The organisation creates a positive future for people by alleviating poverty and creating vibrant, socially integrated communities. This is achieved by providing access to education, childcare, community development programmes, housing and other supports.