connect 2018 • 49 Speedpak Group is a social enterprise which was set up in 1995 in response to high long-term unemployment in disadvantaged communities. Speed- pak provides a bridge to employment through accredited training and com- mercial work experience. The Ireland Funds is proud to support the work of Speedpak with aninvestmentof€50kovertwoyears to develop an Enhanced Skills Traineeship Program targeted at logistics/manufacturing for young people Not in Employment, Educa- tion or Training (NEETs) to bring them from a low education and work expe- rience base to quality employment. Blossom Ireland works with children with intellectual disabilities aged 8 to 18 years and their families through fun, affordable, innovative, inclu- sive activities. Based in Dublin, they provide therapy led camps and after school activities, including life skills and social skills programs. The Ireland Funds has commit- ted €100k over two years to allow Blossom Ireland to roll out Blossom Gateway, which is a community and employment engagement program for teens aged 16-18 with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. This program will allow teens to gain practical experience and invaluable life skills to support them as they enter adulthood. The Ireland Funds has been proud supporters of Integrated Education for more than 30 years. Integrated schools educate children of all faiths and cultural backgrounds together in Northern Ireland to instil qualities of respect, tolerance and conflict reso- lution. The Integrated Education Fund (IEF) is a significant financial support to the establishment of new schools, the growth of existing schools and those schools seeking to become in- tegrated through what is known as the ‘transformation’ process. Integrate My School is a campaign spearheaded by IEF to empower parents who want their child’s school to become integrated. Integrate- provides a digital platform for registration, promotes transformation and steers those schools who wish to pursue it. The Ireland Funds has committed £100k over two years to enable the Integrate My School campaign to make transformation accessible, understandable and achievable in Northern Ireland.