Excellence in Community Programme LIC
A&L Goodbody – A&L Goodbody’s support of literacy in the community
A&L Goodbody is committed to raising literacy levels among young people aged 6-14 years in their local community. They have worked to achieve this through their support of the Suas Literacy Support programme, which has delivered 22 paired reading programmes to over 200 children in the Dublin 1,3 and 8 areas, through the support of the Writer in Residence programme, which funds a professional writer to further enhance pupils’ literacy skills and their partnership with Francis street C.B.S school, delivering paired reading programmes and creating their first ever library.
For the Suas Literacy Programme, general findings found that 70% of young people involved in the project have improved literary levels. The Writer in Residence programme has received positive feedback on its outputs from school staff and the Francis St CBS library is the first time a library has been made available, which can be accessed by over 90 pupils.
Arthur Cox – Opening the Door between Corporates and Community – Restorative Conversations with Arthur Cox
Opening the door between corporates and community is the theme of the Restorative Conversations with Arthur Cox initiative. This ongoing project is in collaboration with the Early Learning Initiative (ELI) at the National College of Ireland and Belvedere Youth Club in the North Inner City. The programme aims to break down barriers between the corporate environment and the young people from the Inner City local communities. At the heart of restorative practice is a sincere simplicity, that all people are worthy and relational.
The Restorative Conversations with Arthur Cox initiative aims to give young people, and Arthur Cox volunteers, practical experiences of building relationships and dealing with misunderstanding and conflict. This is done through collaborative working sessions on a regular basis at both Arthur Cox offices and Belvedere Youth Club on Buckingham Street.
Deloitte – IMPACT Day
Deloitte’s purpose is to make an impact that matters for their clients, people & the community. IMPACT Day is Deloitte’s flagship volunteering programme, core to the firm’s Corporate Responsibility strategy to make an impact that matters in the community. It is one of the longest standing initiatives, now in its tenth year. It not only serves the local community but also makes an impact on Deloitte’s people, providing them with volunteering opportunities and helping to support recruitment and retention goals, crucial to the firm’s operations.
Since 2008, Deloitte has run 180 projects, with many returning partnerships and nearly 5,000 staff volunteers involved. Historically, charities have been supported with ‘traditional’ projects – visiting the charities for the day to paint, garden or clear out. The IMPACT Day team now leverage the Audit & Advisory services of Deloitte staff through skilled volunteering.
Energia – Energia Get Ireland Growing
The goal of the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund is to boost community food growing projects throughout Ireland.
Community groups need funding to keep operating their growing projects and the fund ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’, created by GIY (Grow It Yourself) in partnership with Energia, has awarded €70,000 (2017) and €75,000 (2018) to food growing projects nationwide.
The teams behind 86 community projects across Ireland each received funds for their unique projects.
The recipients included community groups, schools, NGOs and Not for Profits, community gardens and allotment groups, GIY groups, hospitals, crèches, direct provision centres and men’s sheds from across the country.
Energia employees joined in by taking part in a four week growing challenge at their desks. GIY visited the office to launch the project and demonstrate the best planting methods. While results were varied, it was a great way to promote this important partnership internally in Energia.
Gas Networks Ireland – Our Universe
Our Universe is a class room style science education programme that is delivered to over 5,000 6th class primary school students nationwide on an annual basis. The Programme is based on the ‘learning by doing’ methodology and is delivered by over 300 business volunteers from organisations around the country. The programme had 5×40 minute modules that took place over 5 weeks. The lessons featuring in Our Universe cover energy, physics, chemistry and biology. 5,216 students from 162 schools participated in the programme throughout the 2016/17 school year. The programme was delivered by 233 volunteers from 80 different companies.
Prior to commencing Our Universe, 66% of student respondents stated that they had a strong interest in science. Following completion of the programme, this figure was 89% – representing an increase of 23%.
Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre – Public Legal Education Programme at the Law Society of Ireland
The Law Society of Ireland’s Public Legal Education project operates through a series of free initiatives for solicitors, trainees and the public. It aims to increase awareness of the law by teaching about the legal system, how law impacts society and how to exercise legal rights and responsibilities. It includes many programmes facilitated by the Diploma Centre team:
- Street Law Schools
- Street Law Prisons
- Solicitors of the Future
- Solicitors in the Community
Law Society of Ireland trainees have consistently identified their Street Law experience as beneficial in developing their confidence.
With the Street Law Prisons programme, prison detainee participants at Wheatfield Prison reported a positive impact of the teaching methods used, as well as for the engagement detainees received from Law Society trainees who delivered the programme. The project has been very well received with schools, who have contacted the Law Society of Ireland with a desire to participate.
Little Island Industries Development Company – Little Island Industries Development Company
Little Island Industries Development Company (LIIDC) is a unique partnership between many of the industries in Little Island who have pooled their skills and resources to the benefit of community groups within the Island area. They aim to provide ‘monetary and advisory support in the areas of social, recreation and general development, which benefit the communities of Little Island and Glounthaune’. In the last 27 years LIIDC has supported over 90 individual projects for the direct benefit of the community. These project range across four main project categories namely; Education, Infrastructure, Sports Clubs and community associations and activities.
Over those years not only has LIIDC contributed over €1m to these good causes, it has facilitated the building of a strong relationship between the Industries operating in Little Island and the community living there, but it has also helped foster a greater sense of civic spirit within the different companies involved.