07 Oct 2022

Portlaoise community centre to get business support injection

Family Resource Centres in Laois witness 'unprecedented' demand

Treo Nua Family Resource Centre in Portlaoise, Laois

A Laois social enterprise that aims to be a hub for a community in Portlaoise has been awarded business supports by Rethink Ireland.

An Treo Nua Resource Centre in Knockmay provides accessible and affordable room rental to the wider and local community in Portlaoise for target groups like one parent families, travelling community, older people and training rooms. 

Their three services are Portlaoise Family Resource Centre, HSE and Laois County Council.  They also have a cafe which caters at low prices to the local community. 

A statement said Treo Nua has become a mainstay in the local community over the last number of years and developed an excellent rapport with all service users from babies through to the elderly in the locality.

John Mulholland, Chief Executive of Laois County Council, extended his congratulations.

“We would like to congratulate The Treo Nua Resource Centre on their success in receiving a Social Enterprise Development Fund Award from Rethink Ireland,” he said.

"Coming out of an extremely challenging period for Irish society – and Irish businesses – we’re delighted with this good news story for Laois. Social enterprises have an important role to play in guiding Ireland to be come a more inclusive and equal society. Organisations like The Treo Nua Resource Centre, are leading the charge by not only creating jobs but working towards bringing about positive social change,” he said. MORE BELOW LINK.

Rethink Ireland’s Social Enterprise Development Fund has awarded €400,000 to 16 projects around Ireland, while a further 18 projects have been awarded a place on the organisation’s Genesis Programme which provides strategic business support to organisations. The Genesis Programme is an intensive two-day workshop that will focus on building the skills and knowledge needed to develop a sustainable social enterprise and to be successful in future funding opportunities.

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million Fund being delivered from 2018 – 2022. The fund was created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development through the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The Social Enterprise Development Fund has been supported by IPB Insurance since 2018. Also speaking at today’s announcement was George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance, who said: “We’re proud to see the Fund going from strength to strength each year. Using innovative solutions to tackle social problems in our communities is something IPB Insurance strongly believes in, and we’re delighted to support the fund.”

Commenting on the funding announcement today, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland said: “Just a few weeks ago, Rethink Ireland set out our Manifesto for 2030, detailing the Ireland we want – a fair, inclusive and sustainable Ireland. Today, I’m delighted that Rethink Ireland is awarding both funding and business support to 34 organisations who are actively working to achieve this vision.

“Social enterprises are already living our Manifesto by actively working to tackle the greatest social challenges in Ireland. Whether they are knitting groups working to bring together marginalised members of society, innovative therapy practices using the power and beauty of our coastlines, or innovative ideas to strengthen safety in rural communities, they are the heart of our communities, and we’re delighted to be able to support them.”

Rethink Ireland have also launched a new Start-Up Fund for social enterprises at the early stage of their development. The Fund will award cash grants as well as strategic business support to Awardees. Rethink Ireland are encouraging early-stage social enterprises to apply for the Fund to receive the support they need to grow and scale.

For more information visit: awarded_fund/social- enterprise-development-fund- 2021/

Rethink Ireland (previously Social Innovation Fund Ireland) supports the most innovative non-profit organisations working in communities across the country. We believe that a team effort is more effective than working alone.

Social enterprises are organisations whose mission is to have a positive effect on society. They generate revenue through their products or services and reinvest their profits back into their social mission.

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