9th April 2019

We are delighted to publish figures today on the impact of our collaboration with the Government of Ireland over the past ten years as well as a decade of lessons learned. We work with government to reform social services in a person-centered, cost-effective direction for people with disabilities, mental health difficulties, dementia and those who are long-term homeless.

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary we are showcasing the impact of this work, which aims to ensure that Ireland’s legacy of institutional care is a thing of the past. This means that people are supported to live as independently as possible in their own communities.  

Working together with the Government of Ireland we have achieved the following:

  • 8,476 people have received improved disability, mental health, dementia and homeless services. This includes 1,003 people who have been supported to move from institutions to live in the community.
  • €68m has been invested through Genio to reform services and develop person-centred supports which offer value-for-money (contributed to by the Department of Health/HSE; the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government/local authorities; and the Atlantic Philanthropies).
  • 260 projects to date.
  • 19 institutions and hostels closed and alternative, community-based services established in their place.
  • 30,277 people have received training, capacity building and/or information. 
  • In total, 38,753 people have been reached so far by these reform initiatives.

Commenting on the ten-year anniversary, Madeleine Clarke, Founding Director at Genio said, “We focus on developing collaborations to bring about lasting change in how services are delivered. We have very progressive government policy in Ireland designed to change the lives of people with disabilities, mental health difficulties, dementia and the long-term homeless by supporting them to live full lives in their communities instead of institutional care. We work with the state and service providers to bring about improved services to make these policies a reality.

“Independent research leaves no doubt that putting people at the heart of the design and delivery of services makes for better lives and better use of resources - public and private - to meet growing needs. Our current work through the Service Reform Fund (€45m) is focused on making personalised, cost-effective services a reality for people across the country with disabilities, mental health difficulties and those who are long-term homeless.  Critically the SRF is fostering a joined-up approach between different government agencies to meet people’s needs,” Ms Clarke said.

Ms Clarke added, “At Genio we believe that everybody who wants to live in the community should be afforded that choice, and we support initiatives that make sure they can achieve that.  In many cases, people are being supported to move out of institutions and services are being re-focused to the community.  We also work with government to help people to avoid institutional care.”

Professor Brian MacCraith, Chairperson of the Genio Trust, said, “At Genio, we developed a cutting-edge model for reform. It is generating significant interest internationally and was recently featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Looking back over the past ten years, it is clear that, while there is still a long way to go, it is possible to ensure that everybody who wants to can access the supports they need to live full lives in the community. Resources available for social services can be used to make this a reality. Our multi-annual, performance-managed funding approach has not only improved the quality of life for many people but has also delivered value for money.”

Facing Change Exhibition

To mark the 10-year anniversary we have launched a photo exhibition, ‘Facing Change, capturing the real-life changes experienced by those who have been supported by projects funded through Genio over the past decade. The exhibition features 10 portraits of inspiring people from the four corners of Ireland, from a variety of backgrounds and across ages and genders. They have all been supported to overcome personal challenges related to mental health, disability, homelessness and dementia and to have more control over their own lives and live in the community. The portraits were taken by Ruth Medjber whose work has been exhibited extensively in Ireland as well as internationally. 

The exhibition will be open to the public in the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, 10th – 14th April 2019. It will visit three regional locations throughout the rest of 2019 including Cork, Donegal and Westmeath.

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