Barnardos Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014

Barnardos. (2015). Barnardos Annual Report and Financial Statements 2014.
In 2014 Barnardos worked with more children and families across Ireland than ever before. Some might say that that is a measure of our resilience. That Barnardos has survived the years of recession and emerged stronger than ever. That we have been, and continue to be, a constant in the communities we work in. And that may be true. But the sad reality is that we worked with more children and families in 2014 because more children and families needed us than ever before. In 2014 we saw the highest number of children living in consistent poverty ever recorded in this country. That is not something to celebrate. In an Ireland that is now emerging from the years of fiscal austerity we must not forget those who need us most. As Nelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” As a country we must now ensure the society we build is one that values all children equally and is committed to giving each and every child the same opportunities. Our role in Barnardos is to ensure not only that we are there for the children and families who need us most but that we continue to advocate for them. That we continue to lobby Government to ensure that in the re-building of our economy we do not forget those children, those families and those communities that have suffered most in the last few years. Barnardos will continue to be the best we can be in everything we do. The children and families with whom we work deserve that. Our partners expect it of us and those who support us have shown they trust us to do so. I would like to thank all the staff in Barnardos who work so hard to change lives every day. I would like to thank the Board who give of their time and expertise freely in support of that work. And finally, I would like to thank all those who support Barnardos’ work on an ongoing basis.