DEPAUL NEWS Volume 3 | Issue 4| December 2010 2010 has been a busy year for Depaul with many achievements organisationally and among our service users. We celebrated 5 years in Northern Ireland and in Dublin we dealt with the many challenges that proposed reconfiguration of services presented for the organisation. We face 2011 realising that further challenges remain but with an optimism that we can continue to deliver the best possible services to homeless people in Ireland. I would like to wish all staff, service users, volunteers and supporters a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Kerry Anthony, CEO Depaul Ireland CELEBRATING LIFE During Homelessness Awareness Week Depaul Ireland hosted a 'Celebration of Life' service to celebrate life and work in the homeless sector. At the ceremony, service users, staff, volunteers and supporters of Depaul Ireland joined together to celebrate the lives of those who have died and been born into the services over the past year. The ceremony took place in the presence of The Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Patrick Convery. Music was performed by St. Patricks College choir with a reflection by Professor Denis Maloney. During 2010 Depaul in Northern Ireland has so far worked with 532 service users. BE AN ANGEL... Service users in Depaul projects worked hard this winter to mould individual angels for Depaul to use at the Fitzwilliam Square Christmas market. A space was created there for the public to paint and decorate their own angels (far right) in return for a small donation to Depaul. Hundreds of people joined in this creative festive fun and aswell as getting their own angel they also learned about Depaul, and our work with homeless people. DEPAUL TO WORK IN NORTH WEST On March 31st 2011 Depaul will enter into a new partnership to provide services in the North West of the country. Through an amalgamation with an existing organisation in Derry â€“ Foyle Haven â€“ Depaul will work with street drinkers by continuing the existing day service offered to this client group. Foyle Haven sought to partner with a larger organisation and were drawn to Depaul by our professionalism & experience with a similar client group. Foyle Haven currently works with on average 30 people per day.