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Saoirse Domestic Violence Services Launch their 5 year Strategic Plan

SDVS Launched our five year strategic plan on Friday 25th November at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght.

We were absolutely delighted to have so many wonderful people in attendance from many different groups and organisations at our Launch, all working toward the same end goal. We would like to say a huge thank you to all who attended our event, with a special thanks to our key speaker Frances Fitzgerald MEP, and also to our to our amazing staff and board members for making the launch so informative and engaging.

This Strategic Plan process provided us with the opportunity to look to both the past and the future. We came together and celebrated our strengths and growth as an organisation. From reaching and supporting a record number of women and children to building partnerships and influencing change, we have a lot to be proud of.

SDVS has grown from a single refuge in Tallaght to providing a complex range of services and accommodation to women and children across Dublin, and we want to continue this growth over our lifetime. Our vision is a society where DVA is never tolerated or silenced, empowering women and children to live in safety, free from fear. We provide a range of life saving and life changing supports empowering women and children on their journey to safety and recovery. We do this by:

  • Providing accommodation and specialist domestic violence support services to families.
  • Working with communities to educate and challenge attitudes to domestic violence through prevention and awareness raising.
  • Campaigning and advocating for social change, legislation and government policy.

In devoloping our strategy we thought about our journey – envisaging where we could go with the right foundations (our enablers) and priorities underpinning our strategic focus for the coming five years. Our plan is centred on a collective commitment and overarching goal that we will bring the voice of women and children to everything we do. We are striving towards a sustainable securely funded organisation with the right teams, delivering appropriate services to meet the needs of an ever growing population of women and children experiencing DV.

As part of our advocacy work we are committed to changing the conversation and informing new approaches to address DV and promote gender equality. We have big plans, guided by our big idea to develop and grow our infrastructure and spaces so we can deliver modern, connected, supports to the women and children who use our services. More families, more communities need to know we exist, to do that we must raise our profile so that women know where to find us and how we can help.

Main priorities of our Strategic Plan:

  • Sustainable Funding
  • Organisation and people
  • Service Development
  • Profile and brand

Our Complete Strategic plan can be found here