November was a brilliant month for Soar for a lot of reasons but the main one being that we worked with the highest number of young people in one month EVER since Soar began! We reached 698 young people through our school workshops. This is a result of our greater capacity with the new Facilitators in Training (FITs) and a growth in awareness of Soar. Here are some other happenings in our world last month.
Hello World! Our new website is up and running.
Our new website soar.ie is alive and kicking, brilliantly led by our very talented Ciara Quinn. We were lucky to work with the incredible team in Aad design studios to develop the fresh new website. We believe we have delivered a website which reflects the work we do with young people and allows our community to engage fully with all elements of the organisation. We are so proud to be able to direct people to our new online home!
The table quiz event of the year happened and it was awesome!
Our brilliant partner Ecclesiastical absolutely nailed what is turning out to be the highlight of the table quiz calendar! The entire team at ecclesiastical contributed to a brilliant night, which was an even bigger event than last year. The night raised €2,327.40 for Soar. This will be generously matched by Ecclesiastical bringing the total to €4654.80.
Soar hit the Maynooth Campus for our official Launch
Soar officially launched on campus with Maynooth Student’s Union as their cause of choice. It was an incredible day where Soar had an opportunity to meet the amazing students, get to know the campus and speak at lectures. To mark the partnership MSU launched 500 balloons into the sky and Soar held a light-touch workshop with students of the university to introduce them to the work of Soar. It was a real indicator of the amazing collaboration that will take place over the next few months.
Tony spoke brilliantly at the SEI Awards
Tony represented Soar brilliantly at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards 2014, held in Christchurch Cathedral. Tony’s invite to appear as a guest speaker was a powerful acknowledgement of the progress made by Soar since Tony and Karl’s ‘Impact Award’ in 2012. Now it’s onto the next stage of Soar serving our young people to the best of our ability.
Our Facilitators in Training are continuing their training and development
The FITs continue to deliver training sessions on specific aspects of the Soar program to the entire crew. These training sessions were incredibly important for the FITs’ development.