21st December 2018

As we come to the end of 2018, we would like to extend our thanks to all our colleagues and partners across Ireland and further afield.

We continue to work with the Department of Health; the Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government; the Health Service Executive Ireland (HSE); Local Authorities; and the Atlantic Philanthropies to implement reform in mental health, disability and homelessness through the Service Reform Fund (SRF). We were privileged in the past few months to film some of the inspiring people with disabilities across Ireland who are being supported to move from institutions to lead self-directed lives in their own homes in the community. This is resulting in fundamental changes in some of Ireland's longest running disability institutions as they support people in mainstream, community settings

Genio has also been working closely with the HSE and the National Dementia Office for the past three years to support a change process piloted in eight sites across Ireland. This work focussed on tailoring homecare packages to suit the needs and preferences of individuals with dementia and their families; and to better integrate these supports across health and social care staff. In parallel, Genio undertook an indepth study of intensive homecare packages to evaluate their effectiveness. A series of three reports will be published in early 2019 presenting the findings of this work which will mark the culmination of Genio's work in this area.

We are delighted to share an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in September, which discusses how funders and others can better support the involvement of those who use social services in service design and implementation; and by doing so, generate more meaningful, systems-level impact. As part of this discussion, we hosted a conference 'Co-Creating Social Service Reform'  with the Atlantic Philanthropies in San Francisco on the 15th of November. The conference provided an opportunity to learn, share and further explore the opportunities and challenges of reforming social services from a variety of perspectives while also examining how we can meaningfully include the voice of service users in the reform process. We would very much like to thank Valerie Threlfall, Rebecca Rittgers, Bob Jordan and David Kelly for their excellent presentations which initiated very interesting discussions.

Genio was featured in a European report in June, “Cross-sector collaboration for better social outcomes”, published by the EVPA - European Venture Philanthropy Association and MAZE. The report looks at projects where the public, private and social sectors collaborate in different ways (e.g. financially, operationally, etc.), working towards common societal objectives and outcomes. In addition, the Living Well with Dementia (LWwD) project, supported by the HSE & Genio was profiled as an example of a success story by the EVPA in March. LWwD aims to support people with dementia to continue to live at home and participate in their own community. Looking ahead to 2019, Genio is playing a leading role in the development of a European network of philanthropic and social investors working with the public sector to scale solutions to social challenges.

On behalf of all the team in Genio, I would again, like to extend my gratitude for the ongoing support we have received from so many people, and to acknowledge the work of all our colleagues and partners. Special thanks to our Board of Directors, chaired by Shay Garvey and the Board of the Genio Trust, chaired by Prof Brían MacCraith, all of whom generously give their time on a voluntary basis.

Wherever you are, I hope that you have the support you need to live the life of your choosing. I wish you and your colleagues a very peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2019.

Kind regards,

Madeleine Clarke | Executive Director, Genio

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