Showcasing the magic and momentum of social enterprise in Ireland
Join us for our virtual Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase 2021, where we will celebrate the impact achieved by our 2020 Awardees. Hosted by the energetic Alan Shortt, the showcase promises to be a vibrant and entertaining event that you don’t want to miss.
The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million fund, created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund.
In 2020, 16 outstanding social enterprises received cash grants and business supports from the fund, while a further 24 enterprises received strategic support through our Genesis programme.
2020 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees
Amicitia believes that a deep consideration of people, place and planet can revitalise local communities. They work with the inhabitants of rural towns and villages across Ireland, where there are higher levels of consistent poverty, to co-create initiatives which will improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing of aged, disabled and socially isolated local residents.
Castlecomer Discovery Park is one of Ireland’s premier adventure parks, set on 80 acres of stunning woodland and lakes. It is home to Ireland’s longest zipwire and a host of other activities from high ropes courses to archery and canoeing. It was set up to develop rural tourism, create jobs and regenerate the town of Castlecomer. It welcomed over 144,000 visitors in 2019 and has so far created 25 full-time equivalent jobs.
Cork Counselling Services provides counselling and psychotherapy to all members of society, regardless of financial means, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or educational background. Our social enterprise also educates and train students so that they attain professional counselling standards in an applied setting, reflecting best practice and accredited by both IACP and Coventry University.
CyberSafeIreland is a social enterprise that empowers children, parents and teachers to navigate the online world safely and responsibly. Expert guidance, resources and tools are provided to primary schools, children and parents, so they can enjoy all technology delivered whilst also being equipped with the tools to avoid harm.
The Dublin Food Co-op is a not-for-profit organisation that addresses the lack of accessible, affordable education on food sustainability and how cooperatives can be organised to sustain their local communities. Operating out of a shop in Kilmainham, it has almost 3,000 members and has created a co-operative environment in which to learn and share together.
EPIC (Enhancing Progress Inspiring Change) is a social business project in Wexford that provides employment for people who want to reclaim their lives after problems with addiction and/or past criminality. The business produces printed promotional materials such as t-shirts, mugs, folders, pens and conference materials, with any profits reinvested into the enterprise.
Grow Remote is a not-for-profit volunteer group with a mission to enable people to work, live and participate locally by making remote employment both visible and accessible in their community. They provide resources to assist people in obtaining remote work with educational curriculums for community leaders, leadership courses and training.
jumpAgrade is making personalised teaching accessible to all students, addressing the growing educational inequality accelerated by the “grinds culture” in Ireland. Its online platform and research-backed methods enable them to support second-level students from less fortunate backgrounds and underrepresented groups, those who would not have been able to access exam preparation and coaching from qualified, expert teachers before.
The National Meals on Wheels Coordination Unit is implementing a strategic approach to enhancing scale, productivity, training and value for money, in order to make the country’s Meals on Wheels service more sustainable. This comes at a time when the service is both critically important, and critically strained, with an aging, more geographically spread population.
Specialisterne is a social enterprise supporting people with autism and similar challenges to gain employment. It has enabled nearly 300 candidates to find jobs, building a pool of over 30 company/employer partners. Proud of its candidate-centric approach, Specialisterne aims to become the go-to organisation for employers seeking talented neurodiverse people.
Speedpak Group is a manufacturing Social Enterprise that provides real work experience, accredited training, mentoring, tailored interventions and supports to long-term unemployed people. This combination of trading – with customers, quality standards and deadlines – and industry led training is transformative, increasing participants’ employability and job resilience, leading to greater financial independence.
The Textile Studio addresses the significant difficulties that refugee women or women with experience of the criminal justice system face in gaining employment. Through machine knitting and garment construction, the programme provides women with their first job and workplace training while also offering consumers the chance to buy ethical products which provide life-changing opportunities for women and their families.
Together Razem Centre supports those in the Polish and Eastern European migrant community facing problems related to marginalisation, exclusion and isolation in Ireland. The centre offers advocacy, social and legal advice, mental health support and educational programmes for children and adults, enabling the Polish community to be a more cohesive part of the Irish community.
Triest Press provides meaningful employment and training opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. A unique social enterprise that facilitates greater access to employment for people vulnerable to social exclusion, Triest Press cultivates an atmosphere where happy employees understand their talents and approach life with confidence, wonder and a positive sense of self.
Turn2me is a community of fully qualified and accredited mental health professionals working online to provide a safe, anonymous and confidential space to anyone aged 12 plus in Ireland seeking support with their mental health and wellbeing 24/7.
Longford Women’s Link (LWL) is a dynamic social enterprise linking women together to make their community safe and equal. Using its unique Integrated Service Delivery model, LWL identifies and addresses key inequalities that prevent women from achieving full social and economic potential. Established as a used furniture and clothing charity enterprise in 2016, LWL Willow Traders operates using a social enterprise model.
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