Bullying frequently goes unreported to parents and teachers, as children fear it could make their situation worse. Using an online sociometric tool, based on Maria’s PhD research, teachers are trained to understand the unseen relationship structure of the classroom, and are supported to make early interventions to prevent bullying from becoming entrenched in a classroom, ultimately impacting positively on a child for the rest of their life.
“I am absolutely delighted to be a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awardee. In many ways, the Helping Hands Project is a culmination of my life's work. Most of it has been self-funded. Huge work has gone into developing the online element and this has been provided on a pro-bono basis. The SEI Award is an enormous vote of confidence and a validation of the work we have been doing. This recognition has provided us with valuable support to grow and to succeed in improving the lives of young people.”