Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

Having worked across various roles in the UK, Shaun Adams came to Ireland in 2012 to specialise in helping the Diversity and Inclusion sector. Shaun worked for The Psychological Society of Ireland and Aspire Productions, as well as currently with The Irish Centre for Compassion Focused Therapy (ICCFT), before spotting a gap in the market … Continue reading Compassion Connects – The utilisation of the science of compassion, based on sensitivity to suffering, wisdom and the commitment to alleviate and prevent suffering.

Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county

To someone who may not be aware, what is Good Day Cork? What service do you provide? Good Day Cork is a digital magazine that amplifies un-represented voices. It was launched as a print magazine in 2018 through a crowd-funding campaign. Four issues have been published since Sept 2018. In 2020, we moved to the … Continue reading Good Day Cork Amplifying un-represented voices in the rebel county

TechForGood – Connecting the tech community in Ireland with causes they can empower

Tech for Good Dublin was launched in 2017 as a way to bring people together and explore the possibilities of tech for social impact. Since launching they have gone from strength to strength, holding networking events, highlighting projects with purpose and creating training and hackathon events. A recent event led to the development of online … Continue reading TechForGood – Connecting the tech community in Ireland with causes they can empower

Employers For Change – Assisting employers in employing people with disabilities

Employers For Change was founded in March 2021 and provides advice and guidance to employers who want to hire people with disabilities. We caught up with Christabelle Feeney, Director of Employers for Change to find out more: How did Employers for Change begin? Employers for Change is a project funded by the Department of Children, … Continue reading Employers For Change – Assisting employers in employing people with disabilities

Community Finance Ireland – Supporting social enterprise on the island of Ireland

Can you tell us how Community Finance Ireland began? A reduction in grants being made available to community enterprise projects in Northern Ireland and the southern Border Counties subsequent to the Peace Process, sparked a need to develop an alternative source of capital finance to the existing banking infrastructure, which for various reasons was not … Continue reading Community Finance Ireland – Supporting social enterprise on the island of Ireland

Organisations in Ireland that assist migrants, refugees or people in Direct Provision

According to the Irish Times "There are more than 8,200 adults and children living in direct provision and emergency accommodation centres. These include 5,116 adults and 1,784 children in direct provision with an additional 1,186 adults and 174 children in emergency accommodation centres." The latest CSO figures suggest there are more than 650,000 migrants currently … Continue reading Organisations in Ireland that assist migrants, refugees or people in Direct Provision

Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion sector

London Fashion week is taking place this week. However, the Irish fashion market has never been stronger. One of the breakout areas within this market has been local, sustainable, ethically sourced brands and/or brands in the disability or female empowerment sector. These are just a selection of some of the biggest brands in this area … Continue reading Irish fashion brands in the Diversity and Inclusion sector

International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. In recent years a number of organisations have been created or continued in Ireland in order to advance women in the workplace and break the glass ceilings that previously existed. It’s these companies, their participants and the support … Continue reading International Womens Day – Irish companies advancing female empowerment in the workplace

The Reading Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

With over 45 years of teaching between them, it was while teaching in a special school for children with Dyslexia that Sarah Watchorn and Sarah McGuire realised there was a lack of appropriate teaching materials as well as a lack of trained teachers for children with Dyslexia. This inspired them to write their own programme … Continue reading The Reading Academy – Providing extra resource to children who have difficulty reading

Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Graham Brocklebank went back to college in his late twenties too study, only to realise that the text to speech and speech to text software he needed hadn’t advanced whatsoever since he had last been in education. As he was studying Computer science in mobile application, he put together an app that helped him with … Continue reading Peer.ie – An incusive asstitive technology company for people with dyslexia and other intellectual disabilities

Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Professor Tom Cooney is one of the biggest supporters of Diversity and Inclusion in entrepreneurship in Ireland today. Through his experience over 15 years specialising in working with minority communities, he and his team have provided entrepreneurial courses for underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, immigrants to Ireland, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. He believes … Continue reading Professor Tom Cooney – Providing entrepreneurial courses for underpresented groups

Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

Mary Finn started Connect4Work having run a pilot programme for people returning to work following illness or being on medical leave. It was here that she saw the need for greater compassion and understanding from employers while at the same time, boosting the confidence and self-belief of the employees. Connect4Work now runs programmes for those … Continue reading Connect4Work Connecting those who have taken time off due to medical leave with the right job, not any job

The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Having left school at 14, Robert Byrne had several unique and interesting careers, before putting together a Sensory Room for his autistic son, he put an image on social media and was blown away from the response of other parents wanting one in their house. After deciding to create a company, he stepped away from … Continue reading The Sensory Pod – selling sensory room to everyone from Irish schools to Middle Eastern Royal Families

Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland

. In January 2020, Niamh Tallon and Mohammed Mahomed created Her Sport. A website dedicated to the promotion of female sports. Since then they have amassed a huge social media following, created a magazine and developed partnerships with the likes of Life Style Sports. I caught up with Niamh Tallon to find out more about … Continue reading Her Sport – seeking equality and promoting female sport in Ireland