Soar worked with approximately 230 young people in May through our early intervention, preventative well-being workshops. Here are some other good things that happened!
Out of Schools Programs
In May we kicked off our Girl’s program brainstorm sessions with fifteen awesome young women. This was the first of ten sessions that will explore different topics around being a teenage girl. The opinions and ideas brought by everyone who attended on the night were so spot on and will shape the content of the program.
Training and Development
We began our wellbeing review sessions with all of our Facilitators in Training (F.I.Ts). Led by our Head of Child Protection and Wellbeing, Babs, it is a check in with all F.I.Ts to ensure their own wellbeing is monitored while doing this emotive work.
Tony and Mark Travel to Australia
Tony and Mark travelled to Melbourne on a two week funding, research and development trip. Tony was honoured to speak at The Australia Ireland Funding event organised by a true Soar friend, Sandra Booth. Mark also connected with the members of the amazing social enterprise organisation YGAP, speaking at their monthly volunteer night. A considerable amount of work went into program development. This was enabled by Soar advocate and brother Tom Harkin, who put Tony and Mark through their facilitation paces!
Huge gratitude to The Reach Foundation who as always opened their doors and welcomed Soar. As well as meeting with core staff within Reach, Tony and Mark attended crew trainings, workshops and large scale events. This trip was largely supported by the wonderful generosity of Soar community in both Ireland and Australia which saved Soar thousands in flight and accommodation costs. Big shout out to Etihad Airways, Seamus and Christina at Emerald Travel, and Tom and Paige Harkin.
32 Young People completed Work Experience in the Soar office during the school year - Sept 2014 / May 2015
As secondary schools closed last month we had our last TY student on work experience for the school year. Throughout the year we have consistently had 1 – 3 young people in the office with us every week. Their presence enables us to stay fully connected with the young people we serve!
Soar Has Been Approved for Tax Relief on Donations
For the last few months we have been working with the revenue to register Soar so that we are eligible for tax relief on certain donations. Last month we were approved, meaning that donations of €250 or more are potentially worth an additional 44.9% to Soar!
Soar Board Session
We had a fantastic session where our board came together as a whole and took the learnings from the last 3 years and what has gotten us to this point. It was epic!
CRM in Action
We are up and running with our CRM system! We have worked closely with the brilliant team in Microsoft and M-Hance for the last couple of months, developing, tailoring and training up on our customized version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are now fully live on the system. This new addition to our processes will allow us to store contact information and record communication with volunteers, donors and the Soar community far easier than before.
Pass It On Campaign
Last month we trialled our ‘Pass It On’ postcards. This will be a new funding campaign that will be launched in secondary schools this September. The information postcard splits in two (One for young people / One for parents) and will be left with the young people after a workshop to serve 3 different purposes; 1. Safety/follow up information for young people seeking further supports, 2. Information on Soar and the workshop for parents, 3. Fundraising ideas and a call to action for both young people and parents to join the Soar movement.
Challenges for 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.
This month we are putting a call out to our community to help us source some technical equipment for our office. If you or someone you know may be able to donate any of the following it would help us greatly.
- Colour Printer
- Computer Monitor
If you can assist in sourcing any of these items we’d love if you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.