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Charity no. 100016 Date registered. 13/12/2013

Public benefits

The organisation meets the public benefit requirement by providing funded, health and well-being and social support programmes to those adversely affected by state violence as a result of the conflict in NI. In practice this means that our organisation’s purposes are to address the trauma, injustices, lost opportunities and distress experienced by

many individuals throughout Co Fermanagh and its environs. Promoting and protecting human rights for those affected by death during conflict demands necessary support within a safe environment for individuals who seek redress of the past. All who require this service attend Firinne. We continue to respond to the evolving and diverse needs of all victims by providing service delivery activity, specific to their varied and complex needs. Core benefit for most victims is to promote their need for historical truth recovery. Firinne does this by providing information sessions with professional speakers enabling awareness and engagement for victims with all other relevant bodies to help their quest. By addressing victim’s needs ensures the continuing pro-active commitment by members to benefit from services. All services at the organisation and during outreach through practical and creative mechanisms towards the healing process. Public benefit is further evidenced by all members in the organisation who continue to pursue historical investigation into lost loved ones. The organisation examines and develops transitional justice by holding conversations, seminars round-table talks in relation to Dealing with the Legacy of the Past for victims to address their experiences and loss towards a positive future of reconciliation.

What your organisation does

Firinne represents and supports victims of state conflict in Co. Fermanagh and its environs by providing appropriate Developmental-based Support and Therapies addressing victimhood. Firinne does this by supporting victims through a Health and Well-Being programme with a Social Support focus to work parallel in dealing with past trauma. This is

effectively delivered through the provision of individualised, funded courses of professional health and social care such as Holistic Therapies, Yoga care, professional Conflict Resolution training, Life Coaching and Truth Commission work to examine conflict-related loss for all victims and their families. Courses are tailored to individual need and ongoing is pursuit for Truth recovery. Tantamount to the relief of past trauma and distress is the advancement of human rights on all Truth and Justice issues for those who suffered as a result of the conflict. This is achieved by all work programmes above interconnecting and demonstrating the advancement of human rights and conflict resolution for victims. Individuals are helped by providing them with a focus and means to examine their past victimhood in an effort to help them progress positively towards a shared future. In the absence of examination and awareness training of a victim’s past, trauma would not be properly dealt with and reconciliation would not be possible. Dealing with the Legacy of the Past by working parallel with support programmes, assists individual’s healing by benefitting their overall health and victimhood by engaging activity for positive outcomes for individuals. High-quality care and support is guaranteed, as both Firinne’s staff are qualified Victim’s Practitioners and they identify and provide the best services/activity to benefit the specific needs of Firinne’s beneficiaries.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The advancement of citizenship or community development

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Ex-offenders and prisoners
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Specific areas of deprivation
  • Victim support
  • Voluntary and community sector
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Community development
  • Counselling/support
  • Education/training
  • Human rights/equality
  • Relief of poverty

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2018

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2017

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Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2016

Charity accounts

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2015

Charity accounts

Charitable purposes

The objects of Fírinne is to promote the relief of poverty, sickness and distress, and the preservation and protection of health among the inhabitants of County Fermanagh and its environs (herinafter called "the area of benefit"), for the benefit of those who are suffering or have suffered as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland and the families of such persons who are in need, by associating with community and voluntary organisations and statutory bodies in a common effort to advance education, support and counselling, in particular to promote Community Relations and Community Involvement in the area of benefit through the provision of facilities for a range of community services, training and resources for the benefit of the general public.

Governing document


Other name

  • 10 Trustees
  • 4 Employees
  • 24 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Bernice Swift, Dp1 31 Glenlevan Road, Sandhill, Derrygonnelly, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT93 6ER

Trustee board

Mr Pearse Mcgovern
Mr John James Donohue
Mr Joe Cox Bsc Education
Mr Brendan Maguire
Mrs Ann Maguire
Mrs Thraise Mcphillips
Robin Martin
Patsy Corrigan
Pauline Mckeown
James Murphy

List of regions

  • Fermanagh And Omagh District Council