These were last year social enterprise finalist for the Business Achievers Awards. If you are a social enterprise and are interested in getting the same (or more) exposure, you can enter here
Business Achievers Awards: Last Years Social Enterprise Finalists
Established in 2006, Pieta House is a suicide and self-harm crisis centre. It is the only organisation in the country providing a professional, face to face, free of charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress. The primary aim of Pieta House is to reduce suicide by helping people get through that critical phase when suicide becomes a plan rather than just an idea. 90% of clients presenting at Pieta House do not have a psychiatric history. Many Pieta House clients are reacting to a life event, such as a relationship break-up, unemployment, financial stress, isolation or bullying. In the last five years the organisation has opened four more centres – two outreach centres in Finglas, Tallaght, and Ballyfermot in Dublin as well as a second national centre in Limerick. There are also active discussions in progress to open centres in Galway, Cork, Waterford and Roscrea. The organisation currently employs 60 people.
East Belfast Mission
East Belfast Mission (EBM) is a registered charity, company and one of the longest established and largest community organisations in East Belfast. In response to local needs a range of services have been developed. EBM’s strategic plan was to adopt a sustainable approach to assist the organisation to move away from being funding reliant and generate earned income through engaging in a sustainable social economy business model.
Let’s Do It Global
Let’s Do It Global is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organisation focusing on promoting the Maritime, connecting Irish youth with the ocean, leveraging Ireland’s marine resources and linking with Ireland’s diaspora. A core part of Let’s Do It Global’s mission has been bringing the world-renowned ‘Volvo Ocean Race’ to Galway. In addition to this, Let’s Do It Global is also responsible for creating ‘Global Village 2012’ – an Irish expo with a focus on Innovation, Food, Green and Marine. Other Let’s Do It activities include the Ocean Youth Trust Charity and the lin with the ‘Volvo Ocean Race’ Chinese-Irish team currently navigating the globe.
Let’s Do It Global currently employs seven people, and will be recruiting 1,200 volunteers for the Volvo Ocean Race Galway Grand Finale, which took place from 30th June – 8th July 2012.
Cork Simon Community
Cork Simon Community was established in 1971 by a group of volunteers who started a nightly soup run for the homeless in Cork. In 1996, it opened up an emergency shelter which today houses a day service, a high-support group home and several flats. Cork Simon Community also provides care, accommodation and support to 118 people every night. The organisation has worked to reduce the number of people sleeping on the streets of Cork for one night or more from 356 in 2007 to just 38 in 2011. It hopes that within the next three years that nobody ever has to sleep rough on the streets of Cork. The Cork Simon Community has 89 employees.
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