Ryan Tubridy launches new ‘Outreach Bus’ to help city's homeless people
Toy Show host Ryan Tubridy was on hand to launch a new service to assist those living on the streets, in the wake of the tragic death of 43-year-old John Corrie, just meters from Leinster House.
The 2FM Radio host helped Tiglin Rehab Centre to launch their new ‘No Bucks Bus’ earlier today.
The ‘No Bucks Bus’ is a volunteer-ran service which aims to make life a little easier for those who find themselves living on the streets of Dublin City, Bray, Dun Laoghaire and Ballymun.
Tiglin is organising volunteers to join in on weekday nights to hand out tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries to the homeless and give them more information about Tiglin’s services.
“I was particularly moved when one of the graduates from Tiglin told his story to me on radio and mentioned the good work Tiglin do. The bus is a great idea and it really is wonderful to have a service like this on the streets to provide it to those that need it,” dad of two Ryan said.
Based in Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Tiglin has two centres, one for males and one for females, which provide general support to the homeless, and specifically “life beyond addiction”.
There are currently 30 males and 12 females in Tiglin, but the waiting list continues to grow for the centre which teaches new skills such as social inclusion, cookery, money management and relationship building
The new bus, purchased with the help of Salesforce Foundation, Lions Club members and the private donations of many individuals, provides more space for the growing demand for the centre’s services.
“The winter months are the toughest for those living on the streets,” Phil Thompson, CEO of Tiglin confirms. “We have much more space to accommodate the growing number of people who use our service... We see a rise in numbers coming onto the bus particularly during the coldest months of the year."
Tiglin are looking for bus drivers with C or D licence. If you fit this criterion, please phone Tiglin on (0404) 40010.