Show / Hide Menu Join our mailing list

Soar Blog

Office Manager and Finance Co-ordinator

We're Hiring: Office Manager and Finance Co-ordinator

 

Are you razor sharp, focused and looking to get your teeth into something different? Want to work with a team of dynamic, energetic people who love creating unique experiences for young people?

If so… We could be for you.

We’re looking for someone who is highly capable and passionate about organisation to join our team, manage our office and co-ordinate our finances. 

We're a bold team of 12. In 5 short years, we've worked with over 25,000 teenagers across Ireland... and we’re just getting started. We move fast and think BIG. If you do too, we want to meet you.

Check out this job spec for more details.

What We’ve Been Up To…

As we wrap up our last school workshop this year we’re looking back on an incredible 6 months. We met thousands of young people, visited dozens of schools and heard countless inspiring stories about young people’s dreams and challenges. We have now worked in 22 counties throughout the island of Ireland.

 

THE BREAKDOWN FROM JAN – JUN 2017
# Young People Reached: 2,439

  • Secondary school: 2,002

  • Primary School: 437

# Schools visited: 89

  • Primary School: 17

  • Secondary School: 72

Changes to the Soar Team

Darren Ryan
We are over the moon, beside ourselves and downright delighted that Darren Ryan has become our new Soar Board Chairperson. Darren is currently the Chief Executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland and since joining our board in 2015, has been an inspirational driving force. We value his guidance immensely and are excited for him to lead us into our next chapter.
Susan McGovern
In January, Soar gained an amazing new team member in the form of Susan McGovern. Susan had been a hugely important Soar Board Member for the last 5 years and has been a consistent grounding force and guide to Soar since its inception. With a background in coaching and people development, Susan will lead our staff and manage the general operations of Soar. Go on Suse!

Soar Programs

Stripped Program
This year saw us begin the roll-out of our young women’s program ‘Stripped’. Stripped is a workshop that aims to inspire young women to strip back all societal barriers and expectations and embrace and acknowledge their own individuality and greatness. We have worked with 178 girls through our program since January and we are just getting started! We cannot wait to get back out in September and meet more young women.
Vice Program
We are currently working on the development of a young men’s program that explores what it means to be a man in society today. Our aim for the program is that it is completely different to what has gone before and challenges the status quo of masculinity and manhood. We are in a research and development phase and hope to roll this out before the end of 2017.

Tamar Stone Put Us Through our Paces with Voice Dialogue Training

Tamar Stone is internationally recognized as a psychotherapist, consultant, consciousness teacher, senior Voice Dialogue facilitator, and the originator of The Body Dialogue Process. In June, Tamar came to Ireland to run a week-long training program with our facilitators and staff. This progressive style of training provides tools for people to acknowledge the many parts of their identity rather than identifying with one aspect of who they are. It was incredibly beneficial and will feed into our workshops and programs from September.

Program Delivery Training

Over the summer we will be working hard on our program delivery model. This is to ensure that by September, we have selected 6 new Youth Facilitators who will begin to run workshops in schools. That means bringing our crew of 40 through an intensive training program and ready to go inspiring other young people.

Soar Partners

Rothco
Over the past few years, we have been searching for a communications company that gets Soar and wants to passionately tell our story. Last year we encountered Rothco, one of the best and most innovative creative agencies in Ireland. We have admired their work from afar for some time and are so buzzed that we have the opportunity to partner with them. This relationship has the potential to launch us into the next level. Get ready, we’re going global!
KPMG
One huge advancement for Soar came in the form of financial expertise from KPMG. We are now supported by a team who come to the Soar home once a week and assist us with our day to day accounting and finances. It is a huge help to our small team and allows us to keep our focus on financial best practice and governance.

New Website Launch

For the last few months we have been getting busy with the awesome people at This Greedy Pig to develop a new version of our website. We have thrown out the rule book and created something beautiful, dynamic and simple. We will be launching this in June/July of this year and we are pumped for our community to see it!

Soar Had a Visitor from Oz

We were lucky to have Adsi Daniel spend 2 months with us from February to April of this year. Adsi is a former Reach Foundation Facilitator and brought a huge amount of experience, ideas and energy with him! Adsi ran workshops with TY groups and facilitated 3 training sessions with our team. His visit continued to strengthen our collaboration with Facilitators from all over the world who can teach us and bring a new depth to our skills.

Join Our Tribe

Our tribe is made up of dreamers, schemers, mavericks and changemakers. We are passionate about creating experiences for young people that empower them to live authentic lives true to who they are.

 

We are looking for a Development Manager who is inspired by the unlimited potential of young people to join our team and allow us to reach more young people all over Ireland.

 

Think it could be you?

 

Check out this job spec with all the details and get in touch.

May Happenings at Soar

In May:
Last month we worked with 438 young people in 8 schools through our early intervention, preventative, well-being workshops. We worked with our final group of TYs for this school year as secondary schools closed for the summer in mid-May. It was an amazing close out to an epic school year with our TY programs!  

In June:
We are scheduled to work with 4 schools and 159 young people. All of these schools will be primary schools.

Community Programs:
Last month we were lucky to have Tom Harkin, former Facilitation trainer at The Reach Foundation with us for 2 weeks. Tom ran an all-day training session with our F.I.Ts and supported a training session with our Youth Crew. He also worked alongside our program team and male F.I.Ts to continue the development of our boy’s program for secondary school groups. Huge strides were made in building out this unique workshop which will run alongside our girl’s program within schools in late 2016 or early 2017. 

Developing Partnerships with Support Organisations
We had a really successful meeting with members of the ISPCC and Pieta House to discuss furthering our connection and partnership with these brilliant orgs.  As we’re not a curative model, it’s important that we create strong ties and relationships with the people who are most able to support any young people we meet who may need additional care. 

The Jim Stynes Memorial Golf Day
On the 6th of May the first Jim Stynes Golf Day was held at The Castle Golf Club in Rathfarnham. The event was organised by the super team of Mick Kearney, Tony Garry, Declan Allen and Pat Moran. It was an incredible day where close to 200 people tee’d off in support of Soar. Later that evening we came together for a dinner and to celebrate the life of Jim Stynes and the legacy he has left behind through his work in Reach and his inspiration for Soar. We are truly grateful to everyone who came along, golfed and supported. It will be a hard event to top!

Train the Trainer in Child Protection Awareness  
Our Head of Child Protection and Well-being, Babs, completed this N.Y.C.I course and will now be delivering all Child Protection Awareness training for the Soar team. This is a huge step and will allow us to train all new crew in-house from now on!

Soar Shout Out
This month we want to say a HUGE shout out to David Lane, Managing Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance, Ireland. David hurled himself out of a plane and skydived a whopper 10,000 ft. in aid of Soar. David has been a massive supporter since Soar’s early days and we are so appreciative of his bravery and his commitment to the work we do! His challenge raised close to €5,000 for Soar.

How You Can Support Soar?

Soar has always operated as a movement and we rely heavily on our community to keep us alive. Like every non for profit, we face new challenges monthly. Here are some of the ways you can support this month.

If you have been impacted, intrigued or inspired by Soar over the last few years, we would LOVE you to support us by organising a fundraiser or creating an experience that would allow us to continue reaching more young people. It might be a skydive, a coffee morning, a film screening, a silent disco or anything wild and wonderful you can dream up. If you would be interested in joining the movement email info@soar.ie and we will support you at every step of your challenge!  

April Happenings

In April:
Soar worked with approximately 846 young people in 13 schools through our early intervention, preventative, well-being workshops. 

In May:
We are scheduled to work with 7 schools and 438 young people. 

Community Programs:
In April, we ran pilot workshops for ‘Stripped’, our girl’s program in two secondary schools in Ireland.  This was Soar’s first time running our newly developed workshop within a school setting, with the young women who have been through our original program. It was an epic experience. We took huge learnings from both days and are excited about further developing this program over the summer months.

Training and Development: 
We began a series of personal development training sessions with our Youth Crew. We kicked it off with a session on exploring and defining our values. These trainings with the crew will continue regularly until the end of the year.

Support Database Development
We have been lucky to have a brilliant student from Tallaght I.T join us in our office to support our organisation for the last 12 weeks. In April, Jessie McLoughlin worked incredibly hard on further developing our database of support and care organisations. This work means we are even better placed when providing follow up support to schools and signposting them to the most suitable and relevant care for the young people in their care. We have over 300 support orgs and contacts on this database and it is growing.

Soar Shout Out
We want to give a MASSIVE shout out to Ray O’Neill and Conor O’Neill who undertook the incredible feat of running the Marathon Des Sable. The race is a gruelling multi-stage adventure through the Sahara desert. The rules require you to be self-sufficient, to carry with you on your back everything except water that you need to survive. You are given a place in a tent to sleep at night, but any other equipment and food must be carried. Ray and Conor completed this challenge in aid of Soar and we are truly blown away and utterly grateful.

How You Can Support Soar?
Soar has always operated as a movement and we rely heavily on our community to keep us alive. Like every non for profit, we face new challenges monthly. Here are some of the challenges we’re facing right now that you or someone you know may be able to help us with.

One of the biggest challenges for Soar at the moment is office equipment. Many of our team currently use their personal laptops which are slow and outdated. Over the next 3 months we hope to source 4 – 6 laptops for our team to use on a daily basis. If you feel you can support us with this in any way we would love to hear from you. Email info@soar.ie to let us know if you can help!

March Happenings

In March: Soar worked with approximately 555 young people in 8 schools through our early intervention, preventative, well-being workshops. While schools closed for the Easter break, we focussed on our out of school programs. In April we are scheduled to work with 11 schools and 773 young people. 

Stripped - We ran our first Girl’s Program pilot session with over 30 young women from our crew and community. Our newly developed Girl’s program titled “Stripped” aims to empower young women to explore and strip back societal and individual expectations and develop a greater sense of self-worth.

Youth Crew Recruitment 2016 - On the 21st of March we met 45 awesome young people who will add to our Youth Crew. This group aged between 15 to18 will join the current members of our Youth Crew on a 2 year training journey. 

Soar on the big screen…  Late last year we were approached by a student filmmaker, Darragh McCann with an idea. Darragh had read about Soar and had been inspired to create a documentary which focused on Soar’s evolution to date and the programs we run. Last month we kicked off the shooting of this documentary. We hope the film will create awareness for Soar and act as an important tool for explaining the wellness work we do in a captivating way. 

Redevelopment of our workshop feedback form - Last month we began a project of reviewing and redeveloping our workshop feedback form. This is a form we circulate to all young people who have experienced a Soar workshop. This review was an important process and allows us to gain a clearer understanding of the impact of our workshops and the strengths and weaknesses of the individual content and media we use within them. 

Join the Movement! If you feel you can support Soar in reaching more young people, join our Monthly Giving Campaign here

The Soar Story Chapter 3 is Here!

The Soar Story Chapter 3 is Here! from Soar on Vimeo.

We are so thrilled, buzzed, pumped.... and just plain excited to bring you our Soar Story Chapter 3 today! This is the third annual installment to our story and a capture of what was a defining year in Soar's history. (Check it out here)

Last year we remembered and reconnected with the idea that young people can and will inspire, sculpt and lead this movement. This injection of youth energy into Soar made 2015 an unforgettable year. We worked with more young people than ever, created two additional community programs for further engagement and grew from a team of 5, to a team of 12 full-time individuals who are passionately committed to empowering young people all over Ireland.

We'd love you to make yourself comfortable, have a cuppa and take a look. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it.

Love,
All at Soar  

We’re Creating Something Special…

Hello there... Are you a young person who has been in a Soar workshop? If so we need your help! We're creating something really exciting for Soar and we would LOVE some of the incredible young people we have met over the last 3 years to contribute to it.


We want you to let your imagination run WILD and create a piece that describes or represents the experience of a Soar workshop. It could be a paragraph, a song, a piece of art, a photo, a quote or anything else you can dream up... Whatever sums up the Soar experience for you, we want to see it!


Interested? Email events@soar.ie for more details.

October Happenings in Soar

Last Month:
We worked with 623 young people in 8 schools through our early intervention, preventative well-being workshops.    

This Month:
Next month we are booked to work with 1,279 young people in 13 schools throughout Ireland. 

Community Programs

Girl’s Program
Last month we were lucky to spend 5 days with Reach’s Development Manager Paige Harkin. Paige has a wealth of experience in program development and women’s well-being programs. With her assistance, our team designed the program structure, the overall workshop aims and objectives and began the construction of the workshop content. The team have completed 50% of this process.

Community Workshop – Leixlip GAA Club
We ran a bespoke out of school workshop with members of different GAA clubs from Leixlip and the surrounding areas. 

We Ran our first Youth Crew Camp and it was Epic!
Since Soar’s inception we have dreamed of running a weekend crew camp in Ireland. Last month this became a reality. 30 young people, ignited by Soar travelled to Wicklow to explore and challenge themselves and to dive into the work Soar does. This was a special weekend for both the Soar team and the crew as bonds and relationships were created and strengthened. Run by our Facilitators in training, this camp will be the first of many sessions over their 2 year training period

ESB Presented Soar with a €10,000 Energy for Generations grant for our Girl’s program
This funding will go toward research and development of our Girl’s Program. 

Challenges this Month:

October Tests Soar's Metal
October was a difficult month for us from a funding perspective. The unabated increase in demand for Soar's school programs and the growing requests for our community programs meant that our resources were stretched to their max. Added to this, the development of our boys and girls specific out of school programs added to the desire by young people to have a Soar experience. We always said money will never be the reason we don't get to a young person. But this month was a huge challenge for us as an organisation to keep our word. We are PROUD that we did. 
If you'd like to sign up to be a monthly giver to Soar and empower young people's dreams of living great lives then check out www.soar.ie/contribute 

We kicked off our Monthly Giving Campaign. 
A big focus for us over the last few months has been moving toward a financial model that is supported by different channels and is as sustainable as possible. We launched our monthly giving campaign which asks people to support us by making a monthly direct debit contribution. Many of our community have joined this campaign and we’re hoping many more will sign up in the coming months!

Soar Shout Out

This week we would love to give a special shout out to 3 incredible legends within the Soar tribe. Soar friend Carl Walsh and Soar Facilitators Ronan Conway and Sinead Murray all took on the mammoth challenge, of running a marathon this month in support of Soar.


Based in Australia, Carl ran the Melbourne Marathon on the 16th of October and raised €1,255 for Soar. Sinead and Ronan both ran the Dublin Marathon on the 26th of October and have raised €600 each so far.

We recognise what a huge test both physically and mentally running a marathon can be and we are all unbelievably grateful to each of these guys for carrying Soar with them through their challenge. The funds raised collectively will allow 94 young people to receive a Soar early intervention, preventative, well-being workshop. 

From all at Soar and the young people who will be impacted and inspired by the work, thank you for pushing the movement on. We love you for it.

 1 2 3 >  Last ›

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Close x