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Sunday 20 October 2019

Tubridy backs coffee bus for those on streets

Ryan Tubridy Helps Launch Tiglin Rehab Centre’s New No Bucks Bus’
Ryan Tubridy Helps Launch Tiglin Rehab Centre’s New No Bucks Bus’

A double-decker bus is set to bring coffee and comfort to those living on Dublin's streets throughout the winter months.

Toy Show host Ryan Tubridy helped Tiglin Rehab Centre to launch their new No Bucks Bus.

Tiglin is organising volunteers to join in on week nights to hand out tea, coffee, sandwiches and pastries to the homeless and give them more information about Tiglin's services.

The volunteer-run service, which aims to make life a little easier for those who find themselves living on the streets of Dublin City, Bray, Dun Laoghaire and Ballymun.

Tubridy said that he was keen to get involved when he spoke to someone who benefitted from the organisation's work.

"I was particularly moved when one of the graduates from Tiglin told his story to me on radio and mentioned the good work Tiglin do.

"The bus is a great idea. It's wonderful to have a service like this on the streets to provide for those that need it," dad-of-two Ryan said.

There are currently 30 men and 12 women in Tiglin, but the waiting list continues to grow for the centre which teaches new skills such as social inclusion, cookery, money management and relationship building.

Based in Ashford, Co Wicklow, Tiglin has two centres - one for men and one for women - which provide general support to the homeless.

Winter

The new bus was purchased with the help of the Salesforce Foundation, Lions Club members and private donations.

"The winter months are the toughest for those living on the streets," said Tiglin CEO Phil Thompson.

"We have much more space to accommodate the growing number of people who use our service. We see a rise in numbers coming onto the bus, particularly during the coldest months of the year," Mr Thompson added.

Tiglin are currently looking for bus drivers with C or D licence to get the service up and running, and have appealed to anyone interested in volunteering to contact them on (0404) 40010.

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