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!
We are scheduled to work with 4 schools and 159 young people. All of these schools will be primary schools.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will support you at every step of your challenge!