GAA Voted Biggest Force for Social Change
Our survey says….
GAA Beats Both St Vincent de Paul & Mary McAleese to be named Ireland’s Greatest Ever Force for Social Change
• Public identify citizens and communities (55%) as being those most responsible for social change in Ireland ahead of politicians (24%)
• One in two members of public wants to help make social change happen
• Public identify local community, disability and education as the areas they are most likely to get involved in changing
• 70% of public identify Government / politicians as area of society most in need of change
• Ireland’s cultural identity and sense of community seen as the greatest sources of national pride
The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has been voted Ireland’s greatest ever force for social change according to research commissioned by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. The survey of over 200 adults underlines a desire for real social change in the country and reveals a public willingness to get involved in making it happen. One in two (48%) of respondents said they would be willing to get involved in making change happen with education 26%, local community 20% and disability 12% the areas that appeal most to potential volunteers.
Soar 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 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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