Better Together 2012: Boost Your Profile, Fundraise and Win Cash Prizes
Do you want to boost your organisation’s public profile, raise funds and be in with a chance of winning thousands of Euro? If so, you should submit a two-minute video to the 2012 Better Together Video Competition between 13 September and 5 November 2012.Three cash prizes of €3,000 will be awarded for the best videos (as voted by the public) and you can use the built-in donation facility to raise funds.Any community and voluntary organisation, club or association in the Republic or Ireland can enter.
Leap 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.
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
The 2012 SEI finalists
Following the recent announcement of the eight Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Finalists in early June, we held a 3 day training retreat for all of the Finalists and our Impact Programme Award Winners from 2010 and 2011. The retreat gave the social entrepreneurs the chance to connect with each other, build a peer-support network and also provided them with some really useful input to help them to develop their projects.
Following the retreat, Aviva Cohen from Neuro Hero wrote this blog about the experience.
An Extraordinary Journey
“Quietism is the attitude of people who say, ‘Let others do what I cannot do.’ The doctrine I am presenting before you is precisely the opposite of this, since it declares that there is no reality except in action. It goes further, indeed, and adds, “Man is nothing else but what he purposes, he exists only in so far as he realizes himself, he is therefore nothing else but the sum of his actions, nothing else but what his life is’.”
Since Steve had his stroke in 2006 I had not spent a night away from him and our girls. Since our eldest daughter was born almost 13 years ago I had chosen not to go away without them. The fact that I left them behind to be part of the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland residential hints at the significance it holds for me.
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