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Social Enterprise Saves Local School Tours

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Carndonagh Social Enterprise, Spraoi agus Spórt, secured school tours for over 530 local children, after principals appealed for help. Under Covid restrictions, tours were only permitted if they stayed local, so schools wanted help to create exciting and engaging days out.

“Social enterprises are unique in their ability to respond quickly to local needs, and we are no exception”, says Spraoi agus Spórt Co-Founder & CEO, Helen Nolan. “Our staff got creative and put together five options for safer small groups, so classes could remain in their bubbles and each pupil would get more attention. We also wanted the local economy to benefit, so we engaged with local business and activity owners too.”

In the end, Spraoi agus Spórt created an exciting programme involving fun activities at their centre and other local venues. A total of 9 schools took part, and 538 local children got their big day out. “These children would have missed out on their school tour if we had not stepped in,” says Helen.

The tour options included Build a Teddy Bear, Design a T-Shirt, surfing and a visit to their Fab Lab. There was also an obstacle course and park games. Helen says they also worked with Inishowen Surf School to provide surfing lessons. “We gave everyone a personalised medal from our Digital Fabrication Laboratory as a keepsake of their tour.” 

“It’s important to highlight the fact that as a social enterprise, we believe in the importance of working with others in our community.  Doherty’s (Fintan’s) provided the ice-cream cones, and The Diamond Cafe provided the lunches.  We worked with Inishowen Surf School to provide the surfing lessons and BBQ and John Gibbons organised the park games and a treasure hunt.”

“Our school tours also catered particularly well for children with a disability,” says Helen.  Spraoi has extensive experience delivering disability services and has specialised resources such as a state-of-the-art sensory room.

The tours also provided children with a great taster session for what Spraoi offers during the holidays and after school throughout the year.

“This initiative is a real living example of how a community can be stronger together,” says Helen. “We saw local schools buying into the importance of supporting their local social enterprise. We saw Spraoi delivering a top-class service, supported by the other businesses in the town.”

The primary schools that took part were Glentogher National School, Scoil Cholmchille Glengad, Cloontagh National School, St. Brigid’s National School, Glenmakee, Scoil Phadraig Rashenny,

Scoil Treasa Naofa Malin, St Patricks’s Boys’ School, Carndonagh, Urblereagh National School and Scoil Naomh Treasa Tiernasligo.

Alex Bradley, a 3rd class pupil, summed it up like this…. “Mum we are going on our school tour to Spraoi.  Isn’t it so great that it’s local?” Children from Glentogher said they enjoyed the journey to the park and building their own bear.

Teachers were equally impressed. “We loved every part of the day. It was fun filled from start to finish,” says one teacher from Scoil Treasa Naofa Malin.  “This tour was excellent, one of the best we ever went on,” says a teacher from Scoil Cholmchille Glengad. The ‘Spraoi Staff” were fantastic, great with the children and so well organised. They followed all Covid guidelines perfectly! The children were so happy throughout. The medal, ice cream and food gave great value for money and was of a high standard.”

Spraoi chairperson, Patricia Lee, lays out some key facts behind the fun days out. “This year we ensured that the school tour income from 538 pupils stayed in our local economy. It is important to recognise the importance of schools and parents supporting this initiative, by using our services you are supporting 12 full and part time jobs. These jobs ensure that we can deliver essential local services such as disability services and gives us the ability to adapt and respond to situations such just like this.  Staying local ensured our schools reduced their carbon footprint too so it’s a win all round”.

Find out more about Spraoi agus Spórt and their services to the local community by emailing info@spraoiagussport.ie or call +353 86 8420203 or visit their website www.spraoiagussport.ie

Spraoi agus Spórt is an award-winning social enterprise based in Carndonagh, Inishowen, Co. Donegal and founded in 2010. They provide excellent social, recreational and educational activities for the community, focused on family development and bringing social, recreational and economic benefits to the area. They have 15 volunteers and serve around 600 participants in their activities every week. Awards they have won include:

  • 2020 Winner Pride of Place – Community Well-Being Initiative
  • 2019 & 2018 Winner Social Enterprise of the Year at the Charity Impact Awards
  • 2019 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardee with Rethink Ireland

Our Rural Future is bright; we are beyond delighted

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Spraoi agus Spórt Co-Founder & CEO Helen Nolan has welcomed a grant of €8.2m from the Rural Regeneration & Development Fund (RRDF) 2021 together with €1.3m in match funding from Donegal County Council for the Tús Nua regeneration project which will revitalise Carndonagh and act as catalyst for change both economically and socially following the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Tús Nua is a partnership between Donegal County Council and the multi-award-winning Carndonagh Social Enterprise Spraoi agus Spórt which aims to bring people of all generations back into the town centre for community services, education, recreation, housing, enterprise and jobs.

The project proposes the alteration of the former Leprechaun Bar in Carndonagh to create a new through access and public amenities including a Changing Places toilet facility together with the planned restoration of the former McDonagh Bros. Shop Building and site to provide for a new Digital Fabrication Laboratory, co-working space and office space.  A youth space for teenagers, community kitchen, shed and sensory garden will also be provided.

It is also proposed that a stone building previously a textile factory in the town will be rejuvenated to establish a Creative Makers Hub to allow lnishowen craft workers to carry out their trades. 

Co-Founder & CEO of Spraoi agus Spórt Helen Nolan said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received this funding for the Tús Nua project which will help to revitalise Carndonagh and act as a key economic driver in the recovery of the town following the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This really is a dream come true for the entire Spraoi agus Spórt team – board, staff, volunteers and service users! We have worked so hard over the last 10 years to play our part in the regeneration of our town, to enhance the level of services available locally for children, young people and the wider community and we look forward to having our vision realised.  These plans will be a real game-changer for the town centre and most importantly will create much-needed employment and inclusive opportunities for the future.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD, Joe McHugh TD, the Inishowen elected members, and Donegal County Council who have supported Spraoi agus Spórt not just throughout the Tús Nua process but in everything we do.

“We would also like to say a special ‘Thank You’ to Inishowen Development Partnership,  Carndonagh Traders Association, Foróige Carndonagh, and all of the community groups, businesses and individuals in the town who have supported our ambitious plans from the outset, it was this whole community collaboration that ensured this project got funded.”

Chairperson of Spraoi agus Spórt Patricia Lee added: “It is great news to have received this substantial funding for our exciting new project in partnership with Donegal County Council.  It will help to create so many opportunities for local people and we look forward to opening in the Autumn of 2023.

“Our new Digital & Creative Hub will not only provide a wonderful space for young people to learn the necessary 21st century skills needed in the future in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) but also help so many people of all ages and abilities to play, create and learn through innovation and invention!

“Our new hub will also provide a fantastic stimulus for local entrepreneurship as an accelerator for business start-ups, which will add to the wider regeneration and economic development of Carndonagh and the surrounding areas.”

“Our Rural Future is bright; we are beyond delighted” concluded Helen Nolan.

Valentine’s Draw

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Prize Details

1st – €500 Voucher for a Weekend Away

2nd – Marc Jacobs Snapshot Bag

3rd – L’Oreal Steam Pods.

Spraoi agus Spórt have continued to provide their much-needed services during this pandemic and will continue to do so.  Our charity shop Fadó has closed and we are now seeking your support with our Valentine’s Draw.

The services which we will continue to provide during this time include:
•    Alternative Respite for Children and Teenagers with a Disability and/or autism,
•    Counselling rooms for the provision of mental health supports for children and young people,
•    Inishowen Food Bank,
•   School-Aged childcare for essential and frontline workers.

Thank you for your support and best of luck in our draw.  Click here to buy a ticket https://www.idonate.ie/raffle/ValentinesRaffle

 

Halloween 2019

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Halloween 2019 

click on the blue links to book online

Saturday 26th October

10am-12pm Parent & Toddler with Arts & Crafts

2pm-3pm Slime Making 4-12 years 5 euro

3:30pm-4:30pm Slime Making 4-12 years 5 euro

Monday 28th October

9:30am-1:30pm Parent & Toddler with Rhyme Time

Tuesday 29th October

9:30am-1:30pm Parent & Toddler with Imaginative Play

10:45am-4pm Multi Activity Camp Junior Infants – 6th Class 50 euro or 15 euro per day – early drop off and late pick up available

10:30am-1pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Tue & Wed) 30 euro – 8 places left

1:30pm-4pm Cooking & Baking Teenagers (2 day camp Tue & Wed) 30 euro – 12 places left

1:30pm-5:30pm Club Spraoi for teenagers with a disability and/or autism

1pm-3pm Creative Ceramics Junior Infants-2nd Class 15 euro – 15 places left

3:30pm-5:30pm Creative Ceramics 3rd-6th Class 15 euro

1pm-3pm Musical Theatre 3rd-6th Class 15 euro

3:30pm-5:30pm Musical Theatre Junior Infants-2nd Class 15 euro

Children can do back-to-back camps from 1pm to 5:30pm – we will provide a snack and supervision between 3pm and 3:30pm

Wednesday 30th October

9:30am-1:30pm Parent & Toddler as Gaeilge

10am-12om Breastfeeding Group (Public Health Nurse in attendance)

10:45am-4pm Multi Activity Camp Junior Infants – 6th Class 50 euro or 15 euro per day – early drop off and late pick up available

10:30am-1pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Tues & Wed) 30 euro

1:30pm-4pm Cooking & Baking Teenagers (2 day camp Tue & Wed) 30 euro

1:30pm-5:30pm Club Spraoi for teenagers with a disability and/or autism

10am-12pm FabLab Teenagers 15 euro –  9 places left

1pm-3pm FabLab 3rd & 4th Class 15 euro – 10 places left

3:30pm-5:30pm FabLab 5th & 6th Class 15 euro – 8 places left

1pm-3pm YouTubing 3rd & 4th Class (2 day camp Wed & Thu) 25 euro – 13 places left

3:30pm-5:30pm YouTubing 5th & 6th Class (2 day camp Wed & Thu) 25 euro – 21 places left

1pm-3pm Spooky Arts & Crafts Junior Infants – 2nd Class 10 euro

3:30pm-5:30pm Spooky Arts & Crafts 3rd-6th Class 10 euro

Children can do back-to-back camps from 1pm to 5:30pm – we will provide a snack and supervision between 3pm and 3:30pm

6pm-8:30pm Movie & Games Night 4-12 years 5 euro

Thursday 31st October

9:30am-1:30pm Parent & Toddler with Messy Play

10:45am-4pm Multi Activity Camp Junior Infants – 6th Class 50 euro or 15 euro per day – early drop off and late pick up available

10:30am-1pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Thu & Fri) 30 euro – 16 places left

1:30pm-4pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Thu & Fri) 30 euro – 15 places left

1:30pm-5:30pm Club Spraoi for teenagers with a disability and/or autism

10am-12pm FabLab Teenagers 15 euro

1pm-3pm FabLab 3rd & 4th Class 15 euro

3:30pm-5:30pm FabLab 5th & 6th Class 15 euro

1pm-3pm YouTubing 3rd & 4th Class (2 day camp Wed & Thu) 25 euro

3:30pm-5:30pm YouTubing 5th & 6th Class (2 day camp Wed & Thu) 25 euro

Children can do back-to-back camps from 1pm to 5:30pm – we will provide a snack and supervision between 3pm and 3:30pm

Friday 1st November

9:30am-1:30pm Parent & Toddler with Sensory Play

10am-12om Mothers Together Group for new mums  (Public Health Nurse in attendance)

10:45am-4pm Multi Activity Camp Junior Infants – 6th Class 50 euro or 15 euro per day – early drop off and late pick up available

10:30am-1pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Thu & Fri) 30 euro

1:30pm-4pm Cooking & Baking 3rd-6th Class (2 day camp Thu & Fri) 30 euro

1:30pm-5:30pm Club Spraoi for teenagers with a disability and/or autism

1pm-3pm Lego Animation 4th-6th Class 15 euro – 13 places left

3:30pm-5:30pm Lego Animation 2nd & 3rd Class 15 euro – 14 places left

1pm-3pm Spooky Arts & Crafts Junior Infants – 2nd Class 10 euro

3:30pm-5:30pm Watercolours 3rd-6th Class 10 euro

Children can do back-to-back camps from 1pm to 5:30pm – we will provide a snack and supervision between 3pm and 3:30pm

Saturday 2nd November

10am-12pm Parent & Toddler with Arts & Crafts

2pm-3pm Slime Making 4-12 years 5 euro – 20 places left

3:30pm-4:30pm Slime Making 12 years 5 euro

 

Job Opportunity – FabLab Inishowen Project Manager

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Spraoi agus Spórt is looking to recruit a Project Manager to establish FabLab Inishowen in Carndonagh.

FabLabs provide access to industrial-grade fabrication and electronic tools with the software and programs to provide a technical platform for innovation and stimulus for local entrepreneurship.  The Project Manager of FabLab Inishowen will work with Spraoi agus Spórt and a FabLab team to create a place for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent.

FabLabs began as an outreach project from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there are over 800 FabLabs worldwide.

https://www.fabfoundation.org/index.php/what-is-a-fab-lab/index.html

The Nerve Centre in Derry established a FabLab in 2012 and will offer full support to FabLab Inishowen.

Please email hr@spraoiagussport.ie for a full job description and application form.

Closing date: Thursday 16 May 2019 at 5pm.

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