Invitation to submit a tender: To develop an evaluation framework for the ‘Brain Health Village’ project

Respond in a partnership with Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) are embarking on a ground breaking new concept to develop a ‘Brain Health Village’.

The partnership between GBHI and Respond aims to examine our understanding of brain health and how it can be applied to housing design and to the provision and development of sustainable communities. This approach inherently touches on social justice and equity, reflecting both Respond and GBHI’s core mission and identity. Housing and the built environment can impact on brain health and cognitive development and ‘having a home’ can contribute significantly to an individual’s well-being, quality of life and their capacity to recover from illness and adversity.

This initiative is in its early stages and seeks to develop, implement, and evaluate a model framework for establishing a brain health friendly community. It is envisaged that this project will be a ‘pathfinder’ to establish ‘proof of concept’ for the model framework developed, which will then be replicable in other settings and jurisdictions.

We now wish to contract a consultant, researcher or organisation to develop an evaluation framework for the Brain Health Village Project, who can bring the required ‘academic rigour’ and expertise in developing this exciting concept. Applicants are not required to have previous experience or knowledge of these specific subject areas.

The total budget to develop the evaluation framework is €70,000 (incl VAT).

The deadline for receiving submissions is by 2pm, 9th March 2023.

Full details on the requirements of the tender and the process for submitting proposals are contained in the tender document that can be found HERE.

If you would like any further information, please contact Reyhana Cushnan, Policy Manager by email to: reyhana.cushnan@respond.ie.

 

The death is announced of Fr Pat Cogan, ofm, founder of Respond

We express deep sadness at the loss, describing him as a driving force for change

It is with great sadness that Respond has learnt of the death of Father Pat Cogan ofm., the founder and long-standing former Director and CEO. Father Pat founded the organisation in 1982 and remained involved as CEO and a director until 2016.

The deep condolences of the entire Respond community are with all of his family, the Franciscan Community and friends at this difficult time.

Father Pat, imbued by the Franciscan ethos, was a driving force for change in the development of social housing in Ireland as he sought to provide meaningful solutions to housing insecurity and homelessness. He oversaw the growth and development of the organisation for almost 35 years.

He was a major influence and pioneer in the Housing Association (Approved Housing Body) development sector within Ireland, working in close co-operation and partnership with Government Departments, local authorities, the Housing Finance Agency and others, with a particular focus on social inclusion, personal dignity and building sustainable communities.

Born in Cork in 1945, he became a member of the Franciscan Order in 1962 and was ordained a priest in 1970. He worked tirelessly in community development projects, particularly those that sought to improve the quality of life for low-income families supporting them to reach their full potential in life.

Expressing his condolences, John O’Connor, Chairperson of Respond said: “Father Pat passionately cared about the plight of people experiencing housing instability and homelessness and worked diligently to bring about change and housing security. He turned that vision into real action.”

“While a proud Cork man, he cared hugely for the city of Waterford where he first started tackling homelessness during the 1970s. His work expanded nationally, leaving a positive footprint in every county across Ireland.  I know he was hugely satisfied when Respond redeveloped St. John’s College into a vibrant new space for the Waterford community in 2016, adding to Respond’s considerable output of social homes in the city.”

“His work expand nationally building on those strong foundations, tackling the ongoing housing crisis and supporting communities by providing high quality homes and key support services to people and families at risk. There are now almost 6,500 properties Respond owns and/or manages across Ireland with almost 15,000 tenants supported in their homes and a wide range of services in the community.”

Declan Dunne, CEO of Respond added: “The loss of Father Pat is a source of sadness for all of us at Respond. He worked tirelessly in the housing sector for many years, working to build an Ireland where everyone can have a home to call their own and where individuals, families and communities are empowered to reach their full potential. His founding principles of a right to housing and social justice continue to guide Respond today, and we are committed to continuing the work begun by Father Pat. May he rest in peace.”

Invitation to submit a tender: To develop an evaluation framework for the ‘Brain Health Village’ project

Respond in a partnership with Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) are embarking on a ground breaking new concept to develop a ‘Brain Health Village’.

The partnership between GBHI and Respond aims to examine our understanding of brain health and how it can be applied to housing design and to the provision and development of sustainable communities. This approach inherently touches on social justice and equity, reflecting both Respond and GBHI’s core mission and identity. Housing and the built environment can impact on brain health and cognitive development and ‘having a home’ can contribute significantly to an individual’s well-being, quality of life and their capacity to recover from illness and adversity.

This initiative is in its early stages and seeks to develop, implement, and evaluate a model framework for establishing a brain health friendly community. It is envisaged that this project will be a ‘pathfinder’ to establish ‘proof of concept’ for the model framework developed, which will then be replicable in other settings and jurisdictions.

We now wish to contract a consultant, researcher or organisation to develop an evaluation framework for the Brain Health Village Project, who can bring the required ‘academic rigour’ and expertise in developing this exciting concept.

The total budget to develop the evaluation framework is €70,000 (incl VAT).

The deadline for receiving submissions is by 2pm, 11th November 2022.

Full details on the requirements of the tender and the process for submitting proposals are contained in the tender document that can be found HERE.

If you would like any further information, please contact Reyhana Cushnan, Policy Manager by email to: reyhana.cushnan@respond.ie.

Respond launches its first cost rental homes in Cork

Respond is delighted to offer new Cost Rental homes at Ballinglanna, Glanmire, Cork City.

The 32 new homes are located south east of Glanmire village with convenient access to a range of local services, schools and amenities. The scheme comprises of eight 3 bedroom houses, eight 2 bedroom houses, eight 2 bedroom duplex apartments, and eight 1 bedroom apartments.

Cost rental is not for profit housing where the rent you pay covers the cost of the construction, management and maintenance of your new home. Cost rental offers a long term, secure tenancy that is more affordable than market rents. Under the Government’s Cost Rental Scheme, rents must be a minimum 25% below open market value, with prices for Ballinglanna homes starting at €840 per month. This development will enable more middle-income households in Cork to access high-quality, secure rental homes close to their work and community.

  • 1 bedroom apartments – €840 per calendar month
  • 2 bedroom duplex apartments – €945 per calendar month
  • 2 bedroom houses – €1,015 per calendar month
  • 3 bedroom house – €1,085 per calendar month

For information on eligibility and how to apply for a cost rental property, please see our cost rental page: www.respond.ie/cost-rental

RIP Martina Comerford, our colleague, friend and Receptionist in High Park

It is with much sadness this week that we mark the sudden death of Martina Comerford, our colleague, friend and Receptionist in High Park.

Martina was such a warm character and a friendly face to all of us when we arrived in High Park welcoming services users, staff and visitors alike. She was also involved in volunteer

work outside of Respond in the area of animal rescue especially rescuing dogs. We will miss Martina’s welcoming smile, the interest she showed in everyone, and her kindness.

Our deepest sympathies go to Martina’s family and loved ones.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

We have just opened a new Early Learning and School Age Care service in Co. Cork

We have just opened a new Early Learning and School Age Care service in Carraig Liath, Midleton Co. Cork, which will cater for 1-12 year olds. It will offer 34 places for 1-6yrs and 22 places for 6-12 year olds.

Respond has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of high quality Early Learning and School Age care. We have 16 services nationally, this will be our 17th, across 11 counties. Of these 12 are Early Year Services and 5 are standalone school age services. We provide the full range of services from full day care, part-time care, pre-school and school age care with over 500 children accessing our service daily.

If you’re interested in enrolling your child in Carraig Liath, you can call Dorota Przygoda on either of the numbers – Telephone: 0214613022 Mobile: 0877440069.

Email: CarraigLiathEY@respond.ie

RIP Eric Young, our colleague, friend and Head of Human Resources

It is with much sadness this week that we mark the sudden death of Eric Young, our colleague, friend and Head of Human Resources. Eric supported our organisation through huge growth and change. He was also involved extensively in volunteer work outside Respond including, youth services, school boards, the sea scouts and providing bereavement counselling. Most of all we remember Eric’s kindness and his love of a good joke. He will be dearly missed.

Our deepest sympathies go to Eric’s family and loved ones.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Invitation to tender: Evaluating Services

Respond’s vision, is that ‘every family and individual in Ireland will have high quality housing as part of a vibrant and caring community’. Our guiding principles; a human right to housing and; social justice, underpin our approach to delivering this vision. In practice, this means we provide homes and family and community programmes that support people to succeed, both as individuals and as part of a wider community. Respond, is an Approved Housing Body (AHB) and service provider and works all around Ireland. Founded in 1982, the organisation works with approximately 14,100 tenants living in over 6,400 homes across the 26 counties.

We now wish to undertake an independent evaluation, to deepen our understanding and knowledge about the services we deliver. This will progress Respond’s objective of becoming a learning organisation through assessment, evaluation, reflection, learning and implementation. It will build on existing expertise, experience and knowledge and will involve collaboration within and across teams. It will draw on existing internal research work and will be complementary to continuous change programmes already in place.

Our current services include Early Childhood Care and School Age Care, Family Support, Day Care Services for Older People, Refugee Resettlement Services, and Homeless Services for Families. The final outputs will include:

  • A detailed report of the evaluation process and findings
  • A roadmap on how to improve Respond’s services
  • A good practice guide on developing and enhancing community based services. It is a requirement that this guide is written to a publishable standard.

Due to the wide scope of the services to be evaluated and outputs required, we welcome collaborations and partnerships that will bring together the necessary disciplines and expertise.

The total budget for this research is €60,000.

The deadline for receiving submissions is: 2pm, 24th June 2022

Full details on the requirements of the tender and the process for submitting proposals are contained in the tender document that can be found at the link below.

If you would like any further information, please contact Reyhana Cushnan, Policy Manager by email to: reyhana.cushnan@respond.ie.

Find out more HERE.

First purpose built Cost Rental and social housing development wins Social Housing Development of the Year

Respond and Tuath Housing announced as winner at the National Property Awards 2022

Approved Housing Bodies Respond and Tuath have said they are delighted to be announced as the winners of Social Housing Development of the Year Property at the National Property Awards 2022. The award is for ‘Woodside’, a development on the Enniskerry Road (Dublin) of purpose built cost rental and social housing homes, delivered in partnership by Respond and Tuath Housing.

The scheme includes Ireland’s first purpose built cost rental homes consisting of 155 homes (50 cost rental and 105 social housing). The development was delivered by Respond and Tuath in partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Housing Agency and the Housing Finance Agency.

The homes are a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties. All of the 50 Cost Rental homes are 2-bedroom apartments. The Cost Rental apartments are let at a monthly rent of €1,200, a significant reduction when compared to market rents for 2-bedroom apartments in this location. The rent charged to tenants will cover the cost of delivering, managing and maintaining these homes and will not be driven by market movements.

The development offers its tenants a community facility along with lots of green spaces. The site is located near to a wide range of amenities, public facilities, schools, health services, local community and sports groups.

Niamh Randall, Spokesperson for Respond said:

“Respond are delighted to have won this award with our partners in Tuath Housing. ‘Woodside’ on the Enniskerry Road is a unique collaboration between Respond and Tuath Housing, providing a new type of housing tenure in addition to social housing, private renting and private purchase. We are so pleased to have been able to welcome tenants to their new homes over the past few weeks and we hope they will be very happy living there. Our Housing team will be there to support them as they move into their new lifetime homes. This would not have been possible without the support and partnership of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Housing Agency and the Housing Finance Agency. We must also pay tribute to the excellent work of Duggan Brothers who were the contractors on site. We very much look forward to working with our partners to deliver further cost rental and social homes around the country to those who need them.”

Daragh O’Sullivan, Chairman of Tuath Housing commented;

“We are thrilled to have won the award for best Social Housing Development of the Year, along with our partners Respond, for this ground-breaking development of Ireland’s first purpose-built cost rental scheme combined with 105 high quality social homes at Woodside , Enniskerry Rd. We were delighted to have worked closely on the delivery of these homes with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the Housing Agency, the Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. Huge credit must also go to Duggan Brothers for delivering the highest standard of homes at Woodside. The rent paid by the new tenants will cover the cost of providing, managing and maintaining the homes for decades to come, and not a cent more. This flagship project offers the new tenants a much more affordable, long-term and secure form of rental tenure with the added benefit that their rent will not be driven by future price hikes in the private rental market. We look forward to supporting the new tenants at Woodside, engaging and creating a sustainable community. We are pleased to be working on another six cost rental schemes and we look forward to allocating 250 properties throughout 2022 and 2023”.