Connect Spring / Summer 2019

27th February, 2019

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With help from The Ireland Funds, Barnardos is improving the lives of Ireland’s most vulnerable families and children. Barnardos is Ireland’s largest children’s charity. Since 1962 It has worked with families to assist children of all ages. With a goal of breaking through the cycle of disadvantage, it provides numerous direct services to families including breakfast clubs, early intervention, counseling for children who have witnessed violence, and practical home support.
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Cuan Mhuire
With help from The Ireland Funds, Cuan Mhuire is restoring hope across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Since its formation in 1966, Cuan Mhuire has compassionately treated over 100,000 people with drug, gambling, and alcohol addictions. It is now the largest program of its kind on the island of Ireland.
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Down Syndrome Ireland
With less than 5% adults with Down syndrome obtaining employment in Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland is setting out to not only ensure that there are increased opportunities, but that this unique community is prepared for them. Among its many services, Down Syndrome Ireland helps adults with Down syndrome prepare for unique employment opportunities through its Ability Programme.
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Equine Enrichment
With help from the Ireland Funds, equine enrichment is providing an innovative approach to mental health in Northern Ireland. The work of equine enrichment is unique. It is the only organization in Northern Ireland offering EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association). Studies have shown that equine-assisted therapy lowers blood pressure, alleviates stress, and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. It has also been shown to help people struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
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FoodCloud was founded in 2012 to rescue surplus food and distribute it to charities across Ireland. FoodCloud is partnering with thousands of food and retail partners with surplus product and creating an efficient bridge which serves thousands of people through charities and community groups. With the support of The Ireland Funds Flagship Grant, FoodCloud Hubs have distributed almost 5,000 tons of food to 379 charities across Ireland. That is the equivalent of approximately 10 million meals.
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Holywell Stew
Imagine you work with a great organization with big ideas for expanding your reach or delivering your mission. You have four minutes to convince 60+ strangers that your idea is the best one in the room…. Ready? Set? PITCH! This is the premise behind the Holywell STEW, a series of local community-based crowdfunding dinners held in Derry/ Londonderry and supported by The Ireland Funds. Hosted by the Holywell Trust, an organization which for over 20 years has facilitated community development and peace-building work in Northern Ireland, the STEWS have provided local nonprofit organizations with visibility, a chance to network, and refine their message to the community.
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Music Generation
Ireland’s national music education program continues to flourish and grow across the island of Ireland. This piece outlines accomplishments by young musicians and the success of the program in winning the 2018 Allianz Business to Arts Award for Best Long Term Partnership, presented to U2 and The Ireland Funds with support from Bank of America and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
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Plastic Free Kinsale
Kinsale is renowned as one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastal towns. With its quaint harbor, colorful boats and flower-filled streets, it is a year-round highlight on the itinerary of many visitors to Ireland. Yet under the beauty, Kinsale faces the same environmental challenges as other communities. Use of unnecessary plastics, litter and beaches under siege from plastic waste are concerns which the town contends with on a daily basis. Plastic Free Kinsale is reducing the amount of plastic in Kinsale and increasing recycling rates with practical, actionable advice to the community.
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Street Talk at The Derry Playhouse
The Playhouse in Derry/Londonderry has been using the arts to engage in cross-community work in Northern Ireland for over 20 years. With help from The Ireland Funds, the Street Talk project brings together the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) with young people from segregated communities around Derry/Londonderry to demystify and familiarize them with one another.
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The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition
Since 2012, The Ireland Funds has run its annual Business Plan Competition that seeks to nurture creativity and hone the entrepreneurial skills of Ireland’s next-generation business leaders. This article takes a look back at some of the alumni of The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition and what they have gone on to accomplish since the Competition.
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The Ireland Funds Flagship Awardees 2018
The Ireland Funds is delighted to announce our 2018 support of  six outstanding organizations who collectively will receive a total of a €465,000 in Flagship Grants Investment over 2 years. The Ireland Funds Flagship Investments program provides grants for core funding, capacity building or program costs for non-profit organizations working within one of our key program areas of Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education and Peace & Reconciliation. The aim is to improve the quality and sustainability of existing programs, or to help scale initiatives that are already having an impact.
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