As of August 2016 Textile Recycling Limited (TRL) and Pieta House have entered a partnership agreement.
On foot of this sponsorship agreement, Textile Recycling Limited manages all of the collection, maintenance and trading risks associated with operating the Pieta House branded clothes bank network owned by Textile Recycling Limited.
This sponsorship agreement helps raise awareness of Pieta House’s work and helpline number throughout the country. Pieta House is paid up front and in full on foot of this agreement regardless of whether a profit or loss is made by Textile Recycling.
Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide opened its doors a decade ago with Lucan in County Dublin the centre of operations. In the intervening years they have seen and helped over 20,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm, and established eight subsequent centres, three in the greater Dublin area – Ballyfermot, Tallaght and Dublin North and five further centres to cater for the rest of the country in Limerick, Cork, Tipperary, Galway, Kerry, Waterford.
In 2003, their founder and former CEO, Joan Freeman, a practising psychologist, closed down her own counselling business and dedicated her time to finding out how she could help people who were suicidal – what would be beneficial to them and help them get through their dark time. After three years of research, she opened up Pieta House, which quickly became a respected and recognised service for those who were suicidal.
Having counselled many people in the past who were self-harming, Joan realised that this was a topic never discussed and rarely understood, and she decided to also help people with this debilitating issue.
From humble beginnings, Pieta House has grown to almost 180 therapists and administration staff, and the demand for our service hasn’t let up. To that end, in 2015 alone, in excess of 5,000 people came through their doors suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm.
As it has been from day one, everything is free of charge and their staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm. A doctor’s referral or a psychiatric report is not required.
One of the organisation’s goals is to have a centre within 100km of every person in Ireland and Pieta House is well on the way to achieving this. To help bring them closer to this important goal they have identified three areas most in need of our service – namely, the north west, the south east and the midlands.
They are passionate about their life-saving work. As 90% of their income comes from fundraising events, they rely heavily on the support and encouragement of their volunteers and friends of Pieta. Contact us now
Pieta House also operates the Pieta House 24/7 Suicide Prevention Helpline which is Ireland’s only dedicated suicide specific helpline (1800 247 247).
This agreement means that over the next number of months TRL we will be re-branding all our clothes banks with the Pieta House branding.
So the visible difference you will see is that TRL clothes banks will on a phased basis change in colour from pink to orange, with Pieta House approved branding. We will also be putting up new Pieta House branding on our current pink banks on an interim basis while we roll out the orange banks.