Access to Services

Some low income households struggle to get access to the services that most of us take for granted

We assist people for all sorts of reasons. Some low income households struggle to get access to the services that most of us take for granted, especially in education, health, housing and homeless services, local government, as well as rural services.

Many community supports have been cut due to austerity measures. Sometimes new or increased user charges are the issue for those we assist; in other cases the service has simply been stopped.

We’re working to cut user charges and reinstate vital services.


The SVP Blog

  • Posted by   on 30 May 2018 | 0 comments
    Niamh and her daughters - A Hidden Homeless Story
    When SVP met Niamh, she was staying in a friend’s spare room with her children. She knew this was only a temporary measure as her friend did not want to see them stuck. But Niamh and her daughters were living out of bags.
  • Posted by   on 30 May 2018 | 0 comments
    Ciara and her family - A hidden homeless story
    Ciara’s marriage broke down in 2014 and by 2016 the family home was sold, leaving Ciara and her four children without a place to live. Ciara returned to her parents house. Despite experiencing many of the same challenges as those living in emergency accommodation, the hidden homeless are not...
  • Posted by Marcella Stakem  on 16 April 2018 | 0 comments
    New beginnings - What about the cost of education?
    Ireland’s education system is described as free, but a literal interpretation would mean sending a child to school with no uniform, no books, no food and no stationery. The latest report on voluntary contributions published in the Irish Times shows that 55% of schools are requesting...
  • Posted by Linda O'Connell  on 22 July 2016 | 0 comments
    Homelessness & Housing: Living in a Hotel - A Parallel World
    Homelessness has been a long-running problem despite numerous promises from politicians to tackle the crisis.
  • Posted by Caroline Fahey  on 26 November 2015 | 0 comments
    The scandal of child homelessness
    There are now more than 1,500 children living with their families in unsuitable emergency accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs.  Urgent action is needed by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to tackle the immediate crisis facing homeless children; Measures must be put in place now to prevent...