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Safer Internet Day

February 9, 2016
 

 
The number of young men aged 18-25 years who have been referred to One in Four has increased and now comprises almost a quarter of all offenders on our treatment programme.
 
Many of these young men began offending as adolescents by downloading internet images of children being abused and then moved on to sexually harming children themselves. This poses serious questions for us as a digital age society in how we support young people to develop healthy notions of sex based on consensual sexual intimacy.
 
Today more than 100 countries worldwide, including all 28 countries of the European Union, are celebrating Safer Internet Day (SID) for the thirteenth year running.
 
Initiated under the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme and now continuing under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) which funds Safer Internet Centres in the member states, the day marks an annual opportunity to engage in making the internet a safer and better place for our children and young people.
 
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2016 is ‘Play your part for a better internet!’. Whether we are children and young people, parents and carers, educators or social care workers, or indeed industry, decision makers or politicians, we all have a role to play. In championing a better internet, the theme aims to encourage people to play their part in making the most of the positive opportunities offered online, while giving them the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across.
 
Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet said: "The messaging around a safer and better internet complements the work we are doing with schools across Europe – and beyond – on empowering children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to actively participate in today's digital society.”
 
Follow Safer Internet Day events on Twitter using #SID2016, #Iplaymypart and
#playyourpart.
 

Categories: General.

The Gift Of A Day

February 4, 2016

Are you working on Monday the 29th of February?

You probably are.

Yes, it's a Leap Year...but Februray 29th is probably going to be a normal day for you and me. If you get paid monthly, I'm sorry to tell you that you're going to be doing an extra days work this year for no extra pay!

That's the bad news...but here's the good news...

We're asking companies and employers to give this Gift Of A Day back to help more victims of abuse.

By donating the extra value, income or savings that a company gains from this day to One In Four, they'll be using this February 29th to make a huge difference. Or by donating the time back to you...their staff...you can help us raise more through one of our events!

Each company will be providing more therapy sessions, more courtroom visits, more advice, more support...Everything we do.

It'll allow us to meet more women, men and families. And to get more survivors off our waiting list.

 

  • Please ask your employer or any company you deal with if they'd like to give the Gift Of A Day.
     
  • Please send this on to anyone you know that might be interested.
     
  • And please help us making some noise on February 29th with #TheGiftOfADay.

 

In return we'll give them One Day at One In Four.

Let's make sure February 29th isn't a waste of a day :-)

Thank you.

If you'd like to give The Gift Of A Day then please contact Simon at simon@oneinfour.ie or (01) 662 4070.

Categories: General.

Using Tax To Make Your Donation Go Further

February 3, 2016
Giving to charities is a good thing to do. In Ireland, we live in a society where charities do work that is not simply ‘extra-curricular’ – it is essential work that needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable in society.
 
At One in Four we are working with survivors of child abuse which affects a shocking 27% of Irish people. We rely on donations from individuals to keep our doors open and continue the vital work we do. 
 
So where does tax come into all of this?
 
In Ireland, changes in the charity tax back scheme in 2013 means that donations totalling €250 or more in a calendar year (or €21 a month)  are potentially worth an additional 44.9% to the charity.  
 
So what has changed?
 
The refund can now be obtained on behalf of PAYE and Self Assessed supporters.
 
Once signed, the new enduring tax relief form lasts for 5 years. This means that you only need to fill out the form once every 5 years, which reduces our admin costs, allowing for greater impact in the work we do with survivors of child abuse.
 
So if your annual donation amount was €250, the tax back comes to €112.32, and the value of your donation to One in Four is €362.32 at no extra cost to you.
 
Not everybody who donates is aware of this tax back scheme. All of this is completely free for the person donating. It’s incredibly simple – one signature.
 
One signature and you could be helping even more women and men to make the transition from surviving to living.

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A Day Dedicated To Tesco Customers

February 2, 2016

You might remember that last year we asked our supporters to drop in nomination forms to their local Tesco. Every six weeks, each Tesco store donates up to €1,000 to charities like us.

So far NINE of your local Tescos have chosen us as their charity!

THANK YOU!

It's only because of individuals like you, who take the the time to nominate us or vote for us, that we're able to get these donations from Tesco. Because of you we can support more men and women that experienced abuse as kids.

That's why we're dedicating a day to you.

Now...let's keep going...

There's nothing to stop us being nominated again in the same Tesco, and there still plenty of stores that have never heard of us!

You can nominate One In Four to benefit from these donations by simply dropping in one of these forms to your local Tesco.

Our contact details are already there - you just need to fill in the bit about what we do for the community, from your point of view.

Something like: "One In Four helps people who have experienced sexual abuse as a child. Through therapy and advocacy they work to break the cycle of abuse. One In Four are fundraising to reduce their waiting list and see more men, women and families."

You can drop in as many forms as you like to as many Tesco stores as you like.

Download the form here.

Thank you so much!

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Volunteer For One In Four!

February 1, 2016
People like you are essential to our services. We are so grateful you are willing to offer your time to help One In Four Ireland help survivors of sexual abuse.
 
It’s important that you get as much out of this as possible, so we would especially like to find ways for you to help that you enjoy. Please have a read of the volunteering possibilities below and see if any are of interest:
 
  • Cash Collections & Bucket Shaking
    It can take some time to source a location and permit close to you. We count on volunteers to help us find these locations and then spend time outside collecting cash from the general public.
     
  • Fundraising & Events
    We count on fundraising to deliver many of our services. If you are willing to organise a coffee morning, book club, or just about anything, then we would love to hear about it.
     
  • Website & On-Line
    If you have any knowledge of website development or Google Analytics we are always looking to improve our site.
     
  • Postmen & Postwomen
    We often look for volunteers to deliver flyers and mailings. If you like walking and being outside then this might be suitable for you.
     
  • Graphic Design
    We communicate with a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Do you want to help us create graphics and images that people will notice?
     
  • Video Editing
    Sometimes we have short videos, such as interviews, that need to be put together for sharing on-line. If you have experience in video editing this might suit you.
     
  • Phoning Supporters
    If you are comfortable on the phone and like talking to people you may wish to help us reach out to businesses and individuals. We’ll train you up and help you along the way.
     
  • Office Administration
    Based in Holles Street, Dublin 2, we often require help with general admin duties around the office. This might include stuffing envelopes, scanning, filing, or computer-based tasks.
 
If you're interested in any of these - or have any other suggestions - then please contact us.
 
Volunteering is a great way to meet people, get experience, and of course to help more survivors of sexual abuse.
 
Contact Simon on (01) 6624070 or simon@oneinfour.ie
 

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