The Wheel is encouraging community and voluntary groups to get involved in the fifth national Know your Neighbour Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 24-25 July.
This innovative initiative by Macra na Feirme aims to encourage good neighbourliness and stronger communities. Irish people are seeing a change in their living circumstances, but it is important that people get to know their neighbours and those in their locality, because in times like these it’s good to know those who are close to you.
This is a great opportunity to link in with other groups in your area, or to thank your supporters. We encourage you to get involved by organising a:
• coffee morning
• sports day/evening
• cheese and wine evening
• or any other event that will help you to get know people and groups in your area.
Can’t do it over the weekend? Why not organise an event on the Friday afternoon (23 July)? It’s the perfect way to start the weekend!
Apply now for your free organiser’s pack containing printed posters, fliers, invitations and stickers by:
• emailing email@example.com
• filling in the application form on www.knowyourneighbour.ie
• texting KYN followed by a space and your name and address to 51444.
• calling the Macra na Feirme office on (01) 4268910
With your help we hope to make the Know Your Neighbour Weekend 2010 the best yet!
New research released by Volunteer Centres Ireland today shows that unemployed people identified volunteering as positively benefiting both their physical and mental well being. The national network of volunteer centres had previously seen a hike of 70% increase in people registering with them to volunteer, since the onslaught of the recession in 2009. Many of them were recently made redundant.
The study found that individuals benefit both from the act of volunteering and from its ‘by products’: respondents acknowledged that it felt good to help others, but also that they benefited from learning new skills, making contacts and keeping busy. The act of volunteering is a self-validating experience that boosted respondents’ confidence and self esteem. This occurred because of the satisfaction individuals felt from helping others and also the realisation that they could make a difference in society or in people’s lives without being in paid employment. A number of respondents identified the positive impact of volunteering for returning to work too.
Dr Yvonne McKenna, CEO of Volunteer Centres Ireland said “This research just proves what we have known for years - volunteering makes us stronger. Volunteering has a proven positive impact on volunteers, those they volunteer with and society in general. Volunteering is not the solution to unemployment – employment is – but a number of unemployed people are benefiting from volunteering during their period of unemployment. Volunteering can help us build stronger neighbourhoods, stronger communities and a stronger Ireland”.
It has been shown elsewhere that long term unemployment can leave a scarring effect, making it more difficult for people to re-enter the workforce. Volunteering can assist in helps avert some of the long-term damage caused by unemployment.
The National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) is urging women to swap their ‘Heels for Hammers’ and join Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Ireland’s Women’s Build in Romania this October.
“The National Women’s Council of Ireland is proud to support this project with Habitat for Humanity. Women participating in the build will work with local women and learn about their lives. They will be helping families to escape poverty,” says CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, Susan McKay.
The team will be comprised entirely of women and participate in HFH’s local home-building efforts. During 2-10 October volunteers will work with local volunteers and families to help to physically build homes, communities and hope.
To celebrate the build the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emer Costello will be supporting a lunch event. This event will take place in the Mansion House on Thursday 27th May 2010 between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
“It’s great to see women getting active and making a difference - women supporting women. Everyone has a right to simple, decent, affordable homes so I urge women to make a difference and participate in this unforgettable experience,” said Mayor Costello.
Gwen Mulcahy, from Galway, was one of the first women to sign up for the build. She travelled to Romania last year with HFH and had an unforgettable experience. “We completed a house for the Doru family in Bechet. We had so much fun working alongside Sandu Doru. On our final day Sandu’s wife and five children came to visit their new home and the joy on their faces made all the hard work worthwhile. They have a special place in our hearts forever.”
The Women’s Build seeks to link women in Ireland to those in Romania and create an environment of learning and cultural exchange for all involved.
About 150,000 Romanian families are living in poverty conditions, without adequate heating, no running water, overcrowded conditions, no bathroom or simply their house is falling down around them.
It will also take place in conjunction with World Habitat Day (4 October 2010) which reflects and celebrates on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter.
Rachael Sands, HFH Irelands’ International Programme Co-ordinator said, “During the trip the volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with women’s organisations in Romania and will be joined on site by local women who will benefit from the homes.”
Volunteers do not need previous construction experience. Training will be provided on site by qualified builders. All applicants need is energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to tackling poverty housing.
Susan McKay continued, “I encourage women of all ages out there who are thinking of taking part in this trip to pick up the phone and find out more about what will certainly be an unforgettable experience.”
All applications are welcome from individuals, women’s groups, sports teams and clubs.
For further information or to arrange interviews contact Sarah Ryan on 01 629 9611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit, home building organisation. Our goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. We invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
Since 2004 Habitat for Humanity Ireland has sent volunteers abroad to diverse locations including: Ghana, El Salvador, Malawi, Madagascar, India, Romania, Hungary, Chile, Uganda, Zambia and the USA.
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in the USA in 1976. Since its foundation it has built over 350,000 houses worldwide housing over 1.75 million people. It has bases in almost 100 countries worldwide.
“The National Women’s Council of Ireland is proud to support this project with Habitat for Humanity. Women participating in the build will work with local women and learn about their lives. They will be helping families to escape poverty. I encourage women of all ages out there who are thinking of taking part in this trip to pick up the phone and find out more about what will certainly be an unforgettable experience.” Susan McKay, CEO of the National Women’s Council of Ireland
On Monday, May 17th, Pat Carey T.D., Minister at the Department of Community, Equality And Rural Affairs launched an innovative new guide entitled, “Communities and Business Working Together” at an event in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. The guide, published by non profit organisation Business in the Community Ireland and sponsored by Diageo Ireland and Ulster Bank, aims to help community and voluntary groups work with businesses in Ireland to achieve sustainable community development.
A key objective of the guide is to persuade community and voluntary groups to interpret their needs in terms of business skills, manpower and volunteering time rather than cash. The guide also provides a step by step process that community and voluntary groups can adopt when approaching businesses.
“I congratulate Business in the Community Ireland, Diageo Ireland and Ulster Bank on the publication of this guide as it should be an invaluable resource to the community and voluntary sector. Irish companies can have a major impact on our country’s society and there is a multitude of skills and expertise available out there which can be tapped into. The essential ingredient to success is that businesses and community groups develop long term partnerships and this really can result in huge benefits for both”, said Minister Pat Carey.
At today’s event, staff from Diageo Ireland and Ulster Bank spoke about their experiences of working with the community sector and the benefits they themselves experienced due to the partnership. The community partners also spoke about the benefits of engaging with such high profile companies.
Business in the Community Ireland is a network of Ireland’s biggest companies dedicated to corporate responsibility. One of its key services is to guide top companies through a process of implementing strategic community involvement programmes. Taking a strategic approach to community involvement can deliver benefits to the business while making a positive social impact. The benefits include greater market share and customer loyalty, enhanced employee skills and morale, improved supplier links and a better reputation.
Tina Roche, Chief Executive of Business in the Community Ireland commented, “The days of companies writing cheques for charities are well behind us. The community and voluntary sector realise that they need to take a more strategic and long term partnership approach to engaging business. This guide aims to equip the community sector with the right tools and advice on how best to approach companies and more importantly how those partnerships can be sustainable and mutually beneficial”.
The “Communities and Business Working Together” guide presents the benefits of business support through case studies. These case studies captured on video feature the community, business and employee representatives talking about their community partnerships and highlight the different types of business support provided as well as the successes achieved. In addition to Diageo Ireland and Ulster Bank, other companies featured in the guide include, Aviva, BT Ireland, Cpl, Deloitte, O2 and Janssen. The guide is now available free of charge on http://www.bitc.ie/corporate_respon...
For further information, please contact:
Tel: 01 874 3812
Mob: 086 172 2105
- The Guide was compiled by Business in the Community Ireland and was sponsored by two of its member companies, Diageo Ireland and Ulster Bank.
- Case studies featured in the guide include
Aviva and St Francis Nursing Home
BT Ireland, Cpl and EPIC
Deloitte and Merchants Quay Ireland
Diageo Ireland, the Arthur Guinness Fund and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
02 and Irish Autism Action
Janssen and Special Olympics Munster
Ulster Bank and the MoneySense for Schools Programme
Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines. Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries.
About Diageo’s community investment programmes:
Through an annual investment of 1% of total global operating profits per annum Diageo is involved in a wide ranging programme of community investment initiatives. These initiatives nurture its relationship with society within the markets in which it operates; with the environment and with communities in need. They assist Diageo in its aims to play a full and responsible role in society; manage its environmental impacts and contribute to economic growth. Last month Diageo invested in Ireland’s future by backing people with “a business head and a social heart”, as the Arthur Guinness Fund awardees 2010 were officially announced at a special awards ceremony. €1 million was distributed among ten social entrepreneurs with diverse projects from across the country, with each project receiving €100,000. In total, the Arthur Guinness Fund is investing €2.5 million over the next two years.
About Ulster Bank Group:
About Ulster Bank’s community investment programmes:
Our community programmes focus on delivering genuine benefits that make a difference to people’s lives throughout Ireland. We invest in programmes that are most relevant for us as a financial institution – in particular promoting financial education and supporting new enterprises. You can read about our community investment programmes at www.ulsterbank.com
Sunshine House is 75 years old this year and what better way to celebrate than having a special fun open day on Saturday 22nd May next for children young and old as past holiday makers and future holiday makers get together with past and present volunteers to mark this very special milestone at this very special place.
Since it was founded by the St. Vincent De Paul in 1935, Sunshine House in Ballbriggan has given a holiday to over 100,000 Boys and girls aged between 7 and 11 who are nominated for the holiday programme by the network of SVP Conferences spread across the Greater Dublin area stretching from Arklow to Athy to Ardee to Drogheda. Special holiday packages are also organised for children from outside this area. The holiday centre is purpose built and equipped to host over 1,300 children annually in a season of 16 week-long (Saturday to Saturday) holidays.
Sunshine House is managed by St. Vincent De Paul volunteers. Over 270 volunteers help out on the holiday programme annually. People from all walks of life give a week of their summer to care for each group of up to 100 children on holidays, organise and supervise play, and of course have lots and lots of fun. Indeed many Sunshine children come back as adults to give a holiday to new generations of children. To mark the 75th anniversary of Sunshine a new play centre will be officially opened in the grounds of the House by Sunshine President, Jill Smith at 14:00hrs.
Friends of Sunshine from the past 7 decades will join in what promises to be a wonderful celebration.
What: 75th Anniversary of Sunshine House
Where: Sunshine House, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Who: The Sunshine Fund
When: Saturday 22nd May at 14:00hrs for official opening of Play Centre, open day will start at 12:00 and finish at 16:00
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