The Aislinn Centre for survivors of Institutional child abuse

Contact the Aislinn Education and Support Centre

29/02/2012

Please contact the Aislinn Education and Support Centre, if you or members of your family have experienced institutional abuse on the 2nd Floor, Jervis House, Jervis St, Dublin 1 or contact 01 8725771 or email aislinned@eircom.net

The Aislinn Centre was established by Survivors of Institutional Abuse, mainly Christine Buckley and Carmel McDonnell-Byrne.

What is the Aislinn Centre?
The Aislinn Centre provides a mixture of certified, therapeutic, and recreational adult education classes to survivors of institutional abuse and their families. In addition, it serves as a supportive meeting place, and a centre of information in regards to issues which affect survivors and their families.
  • The idea of a ‘safe place’ that provides a sense of continuity and security.
  • A sense of community, belonging and knowledge that we are not alone.
  • A recognition that working with survivors is not simply about filling in forms and providing information but that it cannot avoid the reality and pain that survivors live with day to day.
  • The content of courses acknowledges what survivors missed as children and the method of delivery is designed to match the needs of this specialized group.
  • The Learning environment reflects the therapeutic benefits of developing trust and belief in others.
Why?
The Aislinn Centre was established by the former Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern T.D. in 1999 following his apology on behalf of the State and the people of Ireland to all survivors who suffered abuse in institutions. The long-term effects of this abuse have had severe consequences for those affected across many areas of their lives. The lack of education is one of the main consequences. Aislinn’s goal is to allow a ‘first chance’ at education for those who attend, and help develop survivors ‘hidden talents.’
Where?
The Aislinn Centre is based in Dublin city centre, just fifty metres from the Jervis St LUAS stop. Most buses to the city centre will leave you within walking distance.
When?
The Aislinn Centre is open from 10am-5.30pm Tuesday to Thursday and 10am-5pm Friday.  It does not close for lunch.
How?
The Aislinn Centre aims to provide each learner with an individualised learning programme leading to improvements in self esteem, educational attainment and healing. Through the supportive environment nurtured in the Centre, opportunities for social interaction and the celebration of success, Survivors gain the skills and confidence to fulfil their educational potential.
The content of courses acknowledges what survivors missed as children and the method of delivery is designed to match the needs of this specialised group. Classes are available in:
  • Art/Art History
  • Pottery
  • Drama/Multimedia Skills
  • Computer
  • Basic Literacy
  • English
  • Maths
  • Irish – Conversational
  • Singing
  • Personal Development through Art
  • Recovering from Trauma / Anger Management
  • Homeskills
  • Cookery
  • Flower Arrangement
  • History
 The centre provides advice and application forms for the Education Finance Board, counselling referrals to the National Counselling Service and referrals to Barnardos Tracing Service.
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