Massage and physiotherapy among services being offered to Apollo House residents
Homeless campaigners who have taken over Apollo House have set up a therapy room and a wellness area for residents.
Home Sweet Home, the campaign group behind the impromptu homeless hostel, has formed a team of physiotherapists, physical therapists, and massage therapists to aid residents that would otherwise be sleeping rough.
One of the wellness team, called Beverly, said a number of services are being offered by volunteers in the office building which is to be used by the group until January 11.
"We're here to support the residents. A lot of them have been sleeping rough or going from hostel to hostel, and they're in a state of overwhelm, so just to kind of allow them time to relax and unwind.
"Lorna is doing foot massages; I'm doing activation techniques, which is helping their muscles to release their tension, and helping them to breath better," she said.
"We've also got a massage therapist coming in. And I'm also here to support the volunteer staff, who are here working really really long hours; to help them get through the days and nights.
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“When you're faced with every single morning you get up, if you're a homeless person in Dublin, or in Ireland at the moment, you're faced with the task of finding another bed. You're not allocated a bed for a few days, or even a few weeks. You have to get up and your job is then to find – you get a freephone number, and you have to phone this number and try to get a bed.
"All the good places go quickly, and then you're faced with a yoga mat on a floor in a night cafe, which, you know, isn't ideal. Sleeping on the floor, your body is wrecked," she added.
“I just think, if I can do one little thing, if I can help their bodies to unwind, or teach them, or get them to breath better so they can face these horrible things coming at them, then it's a small thing, you know. And I'm happy to be able to help.”
Other services being provided by volunteers in Apollo House include a pool table and hairdressing.