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119 year old charity launches website in Ireland

  • 07/11/2016

For immediate release: 7 November 2016

A charity that has been supporting people living in Ireland since 1897 has today launched a new website that will allow it to help more people across the country. Turn2us operates in both the UK and Ireland and has created the new online service in order to provide greater access to support for those living in poverty in Ireland.

The charity gave out €73,000 in grants last year to people and families in financial need in Ireland, and this year hopes the new Turn2us.ie website will allow even more people to benefit from the support available. In addition to providing grants through the Elizabeth Finn Fund to individuals who fulfil the charity’s criteria, the new website also offers an innovative ‘Grants Search tool’ which allows people to search over 100 different grant giving bodies.

Finbarr Fitzpatrick from Turn2us commented: “Turn2us has been supporting people in Ireland for over 119 years but until now we have never had a website featuring support specifically for Irish residents. Not only will Turn2us.ie allow us to provide assistance to even more people, by working with over 100 other grant giving funds we will be able to ensure that even more people can access support from across the sector.”

Turn2us provides grants to people struggling financially who have worked in one of our 120 eligible  professions including teaching and nursing. While the Grants Search tool includes support covering a range of circumstances including the Sick Poor Society Cork that provides grants for families and individuals in need from Bishopstown through Cork City and as far as Mahon, and Protestant Aid, which provides grants to alleviate poverty or distress, annuities for the elderly and allowances for heating/energy costs.

The website also provides an area where professionals who support people who may be struggling financially can apply directly to the Elizabeth Finn Fund on behalf of those people that they support, as well as a range of real life cases studies to help people understand what support is on offer.

Last year the charity held a special event in the Mansion House in Dublin to launch their Working together to overcome poverty in Ireland campaign that was attended by representatives from across the charitable and statutory sectors in Ireland.

Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2us, commented, “The grant-giving sector in Ireland can provide vital support to those that are struggling. I am delighted that we are now able to bring together over 100 different grant giving funds, including our own, to help us fight poverty in Ireland together. The biggest tragedy is when people are simply not aware of the support available. I hope that this new website will help combat that.”

Turn2us.ie – key features of new website

  • Apply directly to the Elizabeth Finn Fund, which provides one-off and recurring grants to people in financial distress
  • Use Grant Search tool to look for funds that might be able to give a grant and/or other types of help
  • User guide for professionals, to help those working with people in financial need apply on their behalf.

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For further information, please contact:

Una Farrell, Communications Manager on: una.farrell@turn2us.org.uk or 0208 834 9259

About Turn2us

  • Turn2us is a charity working in Ireland that helps people in financial need gain access to charitable grants – online and face to face through our partner organisations.

  • The Turn2us.ie website includes a Grants Search to help you find out if you might be eligible for support from around 100 charitable funds working in Ireland.

  • Turn2us can also provide direct financial assistance through a range of specific funds that are managed directly by the charity, including the Elizabeth Finn Fund which supports people from over 120 different professions.

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