2012 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Social Work

Sinead Carey, Novas Initiatives Street-Outreach


Sinead Carey has been coordinating the Novas Initiatives Street-Outreach since late 2009, part of the street-outreach includes a soup run. Sinead is a dedicated and hard working person. Her consistent efforts and dedication has kept the Homeless Soup Run going in Limerick for over 3 years. She has dedicated herself to organise and manage it so it can be run successfully seven days a week.

Regularly Sinead can be seen making phone calls to get to recruit volunteers, provide information about food / hot drinks and offer a caring smile to Limerick's homeless and vulnerable on the soup run. She has taken it upon herself to ensure this service and help it running.

When all other services are closed, the effort which Sinead puts in voluntarily is clear to be seen.  The people who use this service are homeless or vulnerable people who come from all walks of life and professions. The service is invaluable, offering food to the hungry and provding a communications link to the homeless - the team offers information on other services and support available.

The Soup Run operates throughout winter and throgh harsh cold and freezing weather. Michelle O'Riordan nominated Sinead for a Volunteer Ireland Award, she said "sometimes people need somewhere to stay at night or need somewhere to turn to when all other services have been exhausted. Help is always given. Sinead's huge effort has undoubtedly helped Limericks homeless people and has hugely contributed to the homeless services in limerick.

Michelle continued "almost every homeless person knows Sinead by name, accrediting her with being kind, caring and helping them, when they feel they cannot get help anywhere else.  Her hard work and positive attitude she has ensured that the soup run keeps running regardless of any barrier.”

Photography by Liam Burke, Press 22 Photography.