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**StreetSmart 2018 Update**

I started StreetSmart in 2015 as a response to the homeless crisis I was witnessing sweep across our city. I knew I wanted to do something more than just put a few coins in someone’s cup. Many of my friends worked in hospitality and I knew they cared as much as I did… all I had to do was bring them together. I did some research and came across StreetSmart in the UK. After contacting them about doing it here, I worked off a zero budget and received the help of my friends and their friends who gave their time, energy and passion for free. From only a handful of participating restaurants in its first year, StreetSmart has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a growing community of over thirty top restaurants across Dublin and beyond participating in its ‘Dine Out Help Out’ campaign.

Over the last two years alone our community has raised over €65,000, all of which has gone on to help homeless charities the Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland and Stepping Stone, who provide services, housing, advocacy and solutions to those impacted by homelessness. StreetSmart’s growth over these years has been great to see, however, it has gotten to a stage that to truly fulfil its potential a lot more work needs to be done and some changes need to take place. I have big plans to expand StreetSmart to other cities across the country and into other areas of the hospitality industry.

But I can’t do this alone. Which is why this year I’m delighted to announce StreetSmart is joining up with SCOOP/SyriasVibes, Founded by Dublin born DJ Calvin James and his brother Andy (both co-founders of The SCOOP Foundation), Syrias Vibes supports the innocent victims of the wars in Syria, Iraq & Yemen by providing medical, psychological, and social services at a direct  level with their partner organisations on the ground – The Kurdish Red Crescent in Syria and Joint Help for Kurdistan in Iraq, they are committed to supporting as many survivors of this war of wars as possible.

I’ve always loved what they do at SCOOP. When I first started StreetSmart, Andy and Calvin were a great help, offering advice when needed and I have helped out at a few of their events, so was delighted when I approached them about joining forces.

This year, as always, customers dining out can #DineOutHelpOut, by eating in one of StreetSmart’s participating restaurants, where €2 is added to each tables bill. The funds raised will continue to support homeless projects in Ireland. However, with the new StreetSmart/SCOOP partnership a proportion of donations will now make an impact at a global level by supporting projects tackling the refugee crisis. More about this to follow.  

StreetSmart by SCOOP is ultimately about bringing together the restaurant industry to address the social crisis that is on our own doorstep. We realise that the success of this campaign depends on you. We hope you can join us in making this year’s campaign the most successful yet and help make a change in people’s lives.

Brian Cuddy.

Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Peter McVerry Trust provides low‐threshold entry services, primarily to younger persons with complex needs, and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model and within a framework that is based on equal opportunities, dignity and respect.

Focus Ireland believes that a secure home is crucial to a person’s health, identity and a fair chance in life. Focus Ireland work tirelessly to help everyone who goes to them to move on from homelessness and rebuild their lives. From providing advice and information, a hot meal to education and training, childcare services and emergency and long term housing, your support means that Focus Ireland can give the help that is needed every step of the way.

Stepping Stone provides affordable accommodation to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We own properties across Dublin and offer a fixed term lease with support. We work with each tenant towards a sustainable, independent long-term home. We do this in partnership with Dublin Local Authorities and homeless and advocacy services. Stepping Stone seeks to deliver an innovative housing solution in a professional, client centred and honest way. We set out to ensure that those we work for have access to appropriate and safe accommodation and are given practical supports in an open way.

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