Category Seven: Community Wellbeing Initiative
Winner: Spraoí agus Spórt, Carndonagh, Co Donegal
Spraoi agus Spórt Family Centre Ltd (S&S) is a multi-award-winning and leading social enterprise located in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. They believe that everyone deserves to have the same opportunities, irrespective of ability, income or social circumstance. Set up initially as a Parent and Toddler Group in 2010 by a group of friends to address the lack of activities for young families, S&S has evolved into a leading social enterprise working across five key areas:
Young Families – Parent & Toddler groups, breastfeeding support, new mothers support group, baby massage, pregnancy yoga, antenatal classes, parenting courses, pre-school activities; Children – school age childcare, school of music, creative writing, sewing, holiday camps, birthday parties, tuition, counselling; Young People – surfing camps, counselling, plans for a dedicated youth space for teenagers are in progress; Adults – camera club, dressmaking, quilting, interior design, flower arranging, couch to 5k, operation transformation; Enterprise – venue hire, co-working space, Fadó charity shop, FabLab Inishowen – a digital fabrication laboratory.
Group Contact: Charles Sweeney, [email protected]
The category winner was exceptional, a dynamic organisation with a significant record of solid achievement. The judges were extremely impressed with the sense of purpose, pride of place, flexibility to change, passion, organisation, professionalism, inclusiveness and ability to expand their services to other communities. This is a leading social enterprise truly aligned in every respect to the needs of the community.