Foyle Haven in Derry handed life line as UNISON backs campaign

Service helps those with addiction problems handed rescue package that also saves 11 jobs

The Foyle Haven Service in Derry has been given a lifeline with a rescue package to allow the service to continue to operate.

The Haven, which is run by Depaul Ireland’s, provides shelter and personal support for those dealing with alcohol and addiction in the city. Since January this year, the Haven had been facing closure due to Big Lottery funding ending, with all 11 staff at the Haven on protective notice for redundancy.

Over the past number of months, UNISON actively campaigned to save the Foyle Haven, which included public demonstrations and the lobbying of local politicians and the Mayor of Derry and Strabane Council.

At Tuesday’s Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ biennial delegate conference, held in Derry, UNISON addressed an emergency motion to support the campaign to save the Haven. The motion was passed.

Speaking on this latest development, UNISON regional organiser Joe McCusker stated, “I’m delighted with the news that the Foyle Haven has obtained the funding to continue to provide this much needed and essential service.

“I’m also relieved for the 11 staff at the Haven who are no longer facing redundancy. This is a good day for the workers, service users and the city of Derry.”

Mr McCusker thanked all those involved in supporting the campaign to save the Haven.