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News Archive for August, 2012

Rachel Cassen – Leap

Posted by on August 20, 2012

Rachel Cassen – LeapLeap was set up in 2009 when a group of people came together to support families who have a child with a disability

Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving each of the 2012 Finalists the opportunity to introduce themselves to you. The eight Finalists are taking part in a three month evaluation and support programme. In October we’ll be announcing the three social entrepreneurs who make it onto the Impact Programme (support and funding worth €200,000) and the five who will make it on to the Elevator Programme (support and funding worth €35,000). Today Rachel Cassen gives the background to the formation of Leap, an organisation that is empowering families experiencing disability to create self-directed, empowered lives.

I am sitting by the water’s edge in Belvedere House, one of my favourite places to visit, when I notice a family sitting to my right, a father and two teenagers. Arranged near them is a walking frame, which belongs to the teenage boy, who has a disability. The family are happily absorbed in one another’s company.
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City of a Thousand Welcomes

Posted by on August 13, 2012

City of a Thousand Welcomes

Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving each of the 2012 Finalists the opportunity to introduce themselves to you. The eight Finalists are taking part in a three month evaluation and support programme. In October we’ll be announcing the three social entrepreneurs who make it onto the Impact Programme (support and funding worth €200,000) and the five who will make it on to the Elevator Programme (support and funding worth €35,000). Today Trevor White explains the background to a remarkable new civic initiative.

City of a Thousand Welcomes

One night in 2009 I met a friend for a pint in the Swan Lounge on Aungier Street. There was a young man from Australia beside us, and we soon fell into conversation. He had just arrived in Dublin from Egypt, where he was working as a gold-miner. When we asked him why he’d come to Ireland, the Australian replied without hesitation: “Because I heard the people are really friendly.” Read More

Soar

Posted by on August 8, 2012

SoarSoar want every young person to reveal and experience their greatness within.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving each of the 2012 Finalists the opportunity to introduce themselves to you. The eight Finalists are taking part in a three month evaluation and support programme. In October we’ll be announcing the three social entrepreneurs who make it onto the Impact Programme (support and funding worth €200,000) and the five who will make it on to the Elevator Programme (support and funding worth €35,000). Today we hear from Karl Swan, who together with Tony Griffin has founded The Soar Foundation. Take it away Karl.

Soar

Soar began when Tony Griffin and I watched a documentary called Every Heart Beats True. This doco told the story of the Irishman Jim Stynes as he battled cancer and also profiled his work with the youth organisation Reach in Melbourne, Australia. Soon afterwards Tony and I met, agreed that we had to act on shared concerns for our young people. How were they to dare to dream in the eye of the pervasive negativity that swirled all round them as a result of the financial recession?
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