2015 has been a year of consolidation for us. As a result of being named UCD Student Unions’ Charity of the Year, as well as coming into the 2015 financial year with healthy reserves, we took the opportunity to internally restructure our activities.
We have totally focussed our resources and efforts onto our Four Steps to Help Programme for Schools so the various parts of our services have been brought together under that single programme which is now a tightly integrated mental health awareness and suicide prevention programme.
The Programme now allows us to provide integrated services to our clients and constituents at reduced costs to the charity. We can focus on providing high quality services for schools, colleges and youth organisations either on an “as required” basis or through regularly scheduled provision.
We have never received a euro in public money in all the time we have been working for the young people of Ireland. All our funding comes from personal supporters so we understand the trust they put in us because we know if we don't live up to that trust there will be no state agency there to bail us out. It costs us just 11c per €1 to run the charity so 89c or 89% of funds we receive are available to fund lifesaving programmes like the Four Steps to Help for Schools.
• Our Trustees are all volunteers.
• Our Trustees receive no salary or compensation of any kind for their time and service.
• Our Trustees are entirely independent, they are not related to each other in any way.
• Our Trustees do not have charity credit cards or any kind of direct access to charity funds but they have total access 24/7 to the charity's financial records and books so they can assure themselves that your donations are being spent properly.
• Our Chief Executive and administrators are not paid for their time or service.
• The charity does not own or lease any property or motor vehicles.
• The charity has no mortgages, leases or outstanding debts of any kind.
• The charity keeps cash reserves of 10% of annual income in case of emergencies.
• The charity has only two staff, both are trained facilitators who provide the National School Visits Programme around the country. They get paid around €25,000 per year each.
• The charity also pays for a certified accountant to keep our accounts, and separate independent auditors to check our accounts are complete and accurate.
On behalf of all of us at Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland I would like to thank you for your continued help, support and belief over the last 12 months.
It is important to note that we differentiate between visits and talks. This is because a single school visit can result in up to six talks to classes depending on school size as our facilitators are available to the school for the day. Our average talk size is now around 48 students so a single school visit can provide face to face time with almost 300 students.
This can be seen from the Talks by County graph where Cork had 12% of the visits within the Programme but received 18% of the talks. There are a number of factors affecting the allocation of talks but it is mostly to do with school size and population density.
We were actually quite surprised when we reviewed the Programme data and found how many counties and organisations our two facilitators had managed to visit. They are providing YSPI with amazing service and have achieved superb results with very few resources.
As can be seen from the map there are only four counties where we have not visited organisations and schools. Logistics plays some part in this, as these are the most distant counties from our operational locations but we intend to locate a facilitator in Sligo who will be able to provide Programme services in these counties.
By far the highest number of visits with the Programme have taken place in Dublin City and County with over 22% of visits taking place in and around the capital. This probably is not surprising given that UCD, DCU, Trinity College and DIT are all resident in the city. As Dublin has the highest population density it also has the highest number of schools. Although Cork is the second highest at 18% it was much more evenly spread between city and county schools and organisations.
Our hope would be to make use of our newly trained facilitators to provide easier access to the Programme within more rural areas.
2015 was an excellent year for our National School Visits Programme as we were able to visit 120 organisations including 96 schools and deliver 336 talks directly to our target client demographic of 16-22 year olds. This means direct, frontline, face to face engagement with nearly 18,000 young people in 2015.
Our goal for 2016 is to further extend this service to meet the 23% increase in demand from schools now that the Programme is gaining national recognition. We are looking to increase the number of organisations that we can visit to 180 and the number of talks that we can deliver to around 500. This would bring our direct engagement target for 2016 to around 24,000 young people.
This map shows all secondary schools in Ireland. The schools are color coded by gender of school intake. Clicking a school marker will bring up full school details.