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Some Soar Happenings from July

Some Soar Happenings from July

Here are a few short good news updates from a brilliant July in the Soar office. We hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoyed being part of them!

Tom Harkin & Reach Foundation

Last month saw the end of the Reach Foundation’s Tom Harkin’s stay with Soar which brought a closure to an intense 3 month training period with our facilitation crew. Tom closed out his cycle of training with the crew of 25 and worked closely with Tony and Karl to support and develop the trainee facilitators who will run workshops in September. This served as a fitting end to Tom’s 3 month stay in which he generously shared his wealth of facilitation knowledge with Soar.

Jim Styne celebration

On Sunday the 13th of July, we acknowledged Jim Styne’s lasting influence with an intimate gathering at Hellfire in the fittingly beautiful Wicklow Mountains, where Jim’s ashes are spread. Board Members, staff and facilitation crew had the honour of sharing this get together with Jim’s parents Tess and Brian, Tom Harkin of the Reach Foundation and Jim’s friend Ciaran. We also celebrated the growing relationship between Soar and Reach.

Connemara Rough Diamond

We are so excited that Connemara Rough Diamond have chosen Soar as their cause of choice for this year’s adventure race. The Connemara Rough Diamond is a race with three separate categories suited to different types of athletes. This year it takes place on 27th of September. CRD are generously offering participants who choose to support Soar a discounted entry fee with all additional money raised by the participant going to Soar. This is hugely significant for Soar as it is the first large challenge event that we have been involved in. If you want to challenge yourself while supporting Soar by taking part in the CRD, email for your discount code and more info on the event.

As always thank you for your help in making the above happen! Soar could not exist without the generosity, inspiration and support we receive from the Soar community!

October in Soar

October in Soar

In October Soar worked with approximately 465 young people through our school workshops and 30 young people at our One Young World event.

Soar is Maynooth Students Union cause of choice for 2014/2015:

Each year Maynooth Student Union at Maynooth University choose a charity of choice to support for the coming year. Along with other causes, we met with the University and reached the last stage with the final challenge being to create a 5 minute video. Soar was then chosen as MSU’s cause of choice for 2014/2015. This partnership is so exciting. Funding and support from MSU will enable Soar to reach more young people with life changing programs on self-confidence, resilience and emotional well-being. We can’t wait to engage with the student population, bring a bit of Soar Love and work towards creating a more fulfilled, engaged and emotionally aware bunch of graduates. Check out our winning video here

One Young World event at the Chocolate Factory, Dublin

One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30 and gathers the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Soar was invited to create an inspirational workshop for 30 attendees. Soar developed a program that explored what the attendees stood for and what impact their voice could have. It was a truly unique event which was hugely transformative for those in attendance. It was also a pinnacle for Soar as it represented our first participation in a large scale international youth event.

Soar’s Youth Collective met for the first time ever

This month Soar had its first ever Youth Collective gathering. This was incredibly exciting for us as we have discussed at length the importance of having a strong youth element to offer insight, guidance and inspiration to our operations and the overall movement. It was a brilliant gathering where the young people really showed their passion for Soar and contributed massively with opinions and amazing ideas. This youth collective will meet once every quarter.

Our Trainee Facilitators are making an impact

Our Facilitator’s in Training have had a huge impact on reaching more young people and delivering our peer to peer model of facilitation. We are driving forward in content creation, workshop delivery, logistics and operations. This will further continue in November when the trainee facilitators will begin to develop their own content creation skills.

We are in search of a new home

For the last year we have been incredibly fortunate to call the Amnesty International building our home. Now we are ready to move on and are searching for a space that matches Soar’s energy and evolution. This will be a key focus for us in November. In preparation for this move we have condensed our offices from two floors to one in Sean MacBride House. This has allowed us to cut costs dramatically during our hunt for a new pad!

Soar at events

In October, our director of programs Karl was invited to speak at the HSE Syner-Chi conference focussing on wellbeing. It was brilliant for Soar to be asked to engage with the health service for the first time on this topic and it allowed us to make a real contribution to the conversation of well-being and positive influence.

The Soar Story: Chapter 2

The first two months have absolutely rocketed by and we've worked with over 1,658 awesome young people so far. But here, we'd love to throw it back to 2014. 


We've launched our beautiful Soar Story Chapter Two which captures an epic 2014 and we can't wait to share it with you. Our second annual report journals all the happenings of 2014 and the amazing people who have pushed the movement on to where it is today.

Huge love and thanks to the brilliant team of Joe Murphy, Susan Quirke and Dave Darcy for creating this.

Tuck into it here!

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