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Homeless Families’ Wellbeing Research Showcase

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Wednesday 14 June 2023





Institute for Social Responsibility

The Wellbeing of Homeless Families and Services Providers in Cork, Ireland:  An Exploratory Study of COVID-19 and Implications for Service Provision

At this event we showcase the findings of a recent ISR funded study to understand the impacts of COVID-19 lockdowns upon the wellbeing of homeless families and services providers in Good Shepherd Cork (GSC), an integrated service targeted at homeless families and children in Ireland. The research focused on ‘what worked’ during the pandemic with regards to services delivery; the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), remote working, increased adoption of technology and social distancing during a period of global crises. We illuminate the complexity of wellbeing narratives of staff and service users, showing how such narratives embody notions of risk, safety, and concerns for both physical and mental health. We make recommendations, with regards to the embedding of trauma-based ways of working, job security and precarity which impacts on continuity of services and staff development. We illuminate the value of informal and formal supports and the importance of harnessing relationships region’s universities and local authorities for future training and cultivating deeper research links to enhance evidence-led and evidence-based practice. We link these findings from Ireland to current trends in service delivery in the UK, Ireland and in other countries, illuminating their significance to extant research.

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  • Dr Lisa Moran

    Dr Lisa Moran

    Dr Lisa Moran is Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Social Care and Early Childhood, South East Technological University, Waterford Ireland. She was a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Edge Hill University in 2017/2018 and a Senior Lecturer from 2018 to 2021. Her principal research interests include biographic, narrative research, emotions and lay knowledge of farmer and veterinarians, transformations to social life post COVID-19 and children in care. She is the VP of the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) and a member of the Executive Board of Research Network 03 of the European Sociological Association (ESA).

  • Liam O'Farrell

    Liam O'Farrell

    Liam O’Farrell is a multilingual mixed-methods researcher with over seven years’ experience of managing projects and small teams in universities, the civil service and think tanks. His publications include policy reports and briefings, academic journal articles, book chapters, programme evaluations and a submission to a parliamentary enquiry. He has a particular interest in international comparative studies and has worked in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Iceland, Greece, France, Luxembourg and Monaco. Liam’s research interests lie in understanding the causes of inequality and drawing from international best practice on policies that can create a more inclusive society.


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