Successful groups hailed as heroes by Thank You Fund Ambassador PJ Gallagher
Ireland, 12th October, 2017:
A total of €100,000 has been granted to 14 community groups across Ireland and Northern Ireland for innovative projects that will support and inspire young people.
The five organisations to receive €10,000 grants are: The Little Museum of Dublin; An Cosán; Foróige; CDYS Ltd, Leave No Trace Ireland; and Girls’ Brigade. The judges selected these projects for larger grants as they felt that each of them were unique and compelling and that with the €10k investment they could achieve sustainable impacts in their communities.
- The Little Museum of Dublin will invest the grant in a bespoke photographic exhibition entitled 'A Woman's Work' that will document strong women in predominantly male professions. Throughout the three-month period, the exhibition aims to foster diversity and inspire young women to pursue their passions.
- An Cosán, an organisation based in Jobstown, Tallaght will use the funding to develop a programme for young men from disadvantaged areas to enable them to come together in a safe space, and overcome barriers to employment or further education.
- Foróige Sligo/ Leitrim has received funding for its Big Brother Big Sister programme. This innovative pilot programme matches an adult volunteer to a young person with autism who is of the same gender with similar interests and compatible personalities, helping them to navigate social, educational or work-related experiences.
- Also receiving €10k is Leave No Trace Ireland whose project promotes integration between communities in Ireland and empowers young people at risk of social exclusion. It provides opportunities for young people from a variety of backgrounds to take part in voyages along the Irish coastline on sail training vessels with a view to developing confidence and a sense of self-worth.
- The Antrim-based Girls’ Brigade project aims to give young women across Northern Ireland who are members of the Brigade (aged 14 – 25) the opportunity to train as leaders in developing a positive mental health programme and share these learning with the wider population of the Brigade.
- The final €10k grant recipient, CDYS Ltd. in Cork, aims to bridge the divide between education and the workplace, fostering inclusion among young people. By partnering with iScoil - an online learning service – a blended learning centre for young people aged 13-16 will be established for those not in mainstream education.
An additional eight organisations will each receive €5,000 for programmes including the Ulster GAA Youth Leaders Programme; Co-operation Ireland’s project for youths to understand the impact of Brexit; the NI Youth Forum’s Without Boundaries project as well as the Change Makers project by Start 360.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award will also receive €5,000, as will Oasis Caring in Action Antrim which supports young mothers, Willowfield Parish Community Association and All Together in Dignity - ATD Fourth World Ireland.
PJ Gallagher, Thank You Fund Ambassador, said “I have been overwhelmed by the diversity, thoughtfulness and potential impact of the projects that have received funding today through the Thank You Fund. Coca-Cola invited non-profit groups to enter projects that would inspire and support young people and there is no doubt that the grant recipients and the proposed projects will certainly do that. I am humbled by the people working in communities throughout the island of Ireland and believe that the impact of the work they do with young people has an immeasurable impact on our society. I look forward to staying in touch with the recipients as these projects come to fruition.”
Petre Sandru, Country Manager,
“We are delighted to invest in young people in our communities but it is important to us that the funding provided through the Thank You Fund is a catalyst for new thinking and helps support the delivery of projects and schemes that otherwise might not happen. It is clear from the strategic approach and new thinking that we have seen in the proposals that a lot of time and effort was invested in this process by those who participated. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and specifically to congratulate those who were successful. It is important that the next generation of our society are given every possible opportunity to reach their full potential and we hope that the funding provided through the Thank You Fund will make a difference in the lives of those who have the opportunity to participate in the programmes.
“I would also like to sincerely thank our judges who gave freely of their time and expertise to select the worthy winners.”
Speaking today, Sabina Cotter, Head of Grants and Programmes, Irish Youth Foundation, said the projects selected had the potential to transform the lives of young people.
“The best way to reach young people and help them acquire skills that they will use throughout their lives is by getting them involved with groups that serve their passions. There is no such thing as one size fits all, and the projects funded by the
At the outset of the process this year,
By investing in community groups that specifically target youth,
Since the Thank You Fund was launched in 2011 it has invested a total of €855k in community groups and non-profit organisations throughout the island of Ireland.
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