Wicklow woman behind Together for Homeless chairty forced to cease operations or face €300k fine

Collette Talbot, from Greystones, recently received a letter from the Charities Regulator, informing her that her group Together for Homeless would have to cease operations or face a €300,000 fine.

Together for Homeless, whose weekly soup runs are a lifeline for so many homeless people in Dublin, received the cease and desist order from the regulator in a letter on the 29th of January.

The group provide clothing, bedding, and food for 250 homeless people could be fined €300,000 or face 10 years imprisonment if they do not cease operations, which has led Ms. Talbot to the heartbreaking decision to comply.

Together for Homeless posted on their social media pages: “Due to reasons beyond our control we are no longer able to accept donations until all matters are resolved.”

Collette and her team of 20-25 volunteers are ceasing to operate under the name Together for Homeless and will no longer be taking donations.

Collette wrote: “It’s with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that Together for Homeless can no longer continue feeding, clothing and providing much needed shelter for the most vulnerable homeless people and those in food Poverty.”

The government are ensuring one by one that all soup runs close as they know that commercial kitchens just aren’t viable. This has been in the background for some time and unfortunately now has become an obstacle we can not overcome.

I personally have been involved in helping in Dublin for the last 8 years as have my children and many of my friends. We truly are devastated.

So going forward there will be a group of like minded people still helping our friends in Dublin every week, we simply cannot stop, we are needed and it’s as simple as that.”

So should you wish to help look after the most vulnerable please do get in touch with me or any others you know locally.”

Thank you all so so much for the support over the years, we together have made a difference and hopefully can continue to do so.

The announcement was met with an outpouring of support and anger from many in the Wicklow and Dublin communities.

Ken Smollen, who runs the KS Food Appeal, also received a similar letter informing him that if his group do no comply with the order that they would be fine or face imprisonment.

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