Case Study

Active Connections, Killeagh, Co. Cork

SICAP Social Enterprise Grants 2017

Active Connections, Killeagh, Co. Cork

www.activeconnections.ie

Active Connections is an award winning social enterprise run by Ray Burke since June 2015.

Active Connections CLG uses activity based therapies to support young people experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. It is the leading adventure therapy programme in Ireland and with a unique community based approach, it is the only activity based social enterprise of its kind in Cork.

Each year the organisation supports up to 130 young people, 95% of whom will not engage in any other therapeutic support. Last year, they supported 57 young people from 7 different counties who were at significant risk of loss of home, criminality or death through suicide. Any profits developed are reinvested back into the company i.e. expanding their service area or by supporting young people who cannot source any other funding.

Active Connections received an allocation of funding from SECAD which was used to purchase outdoor equipment to allow Active Connections to work with larger groups, and increase the range of activities on offer for example, canoeing, kayaking, open water swimming, gorge walking, and snorkelling. The social enterprise currently has 1 full-time and 4 part-time employees and anticipates hiring additional staff in the near future.

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I am seriously blown away by the level of ongoing support offered by @rubiconcentre - George and Paul have been such a huge help to us and so generous with their time. Myself and Jen are so grateful and I am so glad I got a place on the #wren course with @SECADCork last year.

We are delighted to invite you to attend the TELI2 Project Seminar on Wed 29 Aug in LIT Thurles. Organised by @RDI_at_LIT in partnership with @SECADCork & @ruralnetwork
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Nurturing new business in rural Ireland female entrepreneurship programme - WREN https://t.co/NK1l1OcPKK @SECADCork

Calling Female Entrepreneurs, do you wish to develop your business with expert support while gaining a level 6 qualification from CIT? SECAD's application deadline for the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network/WREN Programme is July 27th. @ESF_Ireland@BallyhouraDev@rubiconcentre

Just off a call with Paul in @rubiconcentre - the amount of support they offer to small business start ups like ourselves is just incredible. Am so grateful to have gotten a place on @SECADCork #wrenprogramme last year. It's been a game changer for us @DoulaCareEire

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SECAD Partnership CLG
Midleton Community Enterprise Centre, Owennacurra Business Park,
Knockgriffin, Midleton, Co. Cork, P25 Y893

+353 21 4613432

info@secad.ie