Get Ready to Pitch
Almost fifty applications were received by the Social Impact Fund with amazing ideas addressing a broad range of issues. The shortlisted teams invited to pitch their ideas to the Social Impact Fund supported by Community Foundation Ireland have now been announced. Congratulations to the following teams who will be meeting our expert panels during three pitching events between 21st - 23rd February 2023.
Social Impact Fund Invitees
|The Project Team||The School / Youth Org||The Idea|
|Dyslexia Awareness – Superpower||Loreto High School Beaufort, Dublin||Our plan is to write and publish a dyslexic-friendly children’s book, with a working title of My Superpower is Dyslexia, to spread awareness about what dyslexia truly is. In this book we will show how dyslexia is superpower and empower dyslexic people by focusing on the positives of dyslexia, of which they are many. We plan to make this digital, affordable and internationally available on Amazon.com so our message can reach as many people as possible|
|Women’s Safety Week||Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin||For the future of Women’s Safety Week, we would love to make this a naltionally recognised Week. We are seeking funding to create resources to teach in schools, and create ads, to broadcast on radios and television, to further educate kids and teenagers.|
|The Pink Tax and Period Poverty||Loreto Abbey Secondary School Dalkey||A research survey in our school showed that the area of everyday life which was identified as being most affected by the Pink Tax is period products. We are holding a “Hygiene Drive” in our school from 23 - 27 January. We would be interested in receiving support to purchase some products that we may not receive in the hygiene drive, such as moon cups, as some women may prefer these as a more sustainable alternative to other period products, as well as support to explore setting up a local drop-off point for hygiene products.|
|Clothes don’t have gender,||Mercy College Coolock, Dublin||To create ‘Trouser Option packs’ for other secondary schools. This productwill help highlight the issue of gender inequality in schools especially in all girls schools in relation to the uniform. It will encourage other schools to give girls this right, this equal opportunity at school to wear the trousers option so they feel more comfortable and equal.|
|Safe Farm, Less Harm||Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Meath||Our aim is to educate and promote safety on the farm.ur plan is to create a keyring for people to remind them of the main safety rules on a farm. We would need to source a company to create the keyrings. We will use acrostic poetry to convey our message.|
|A Guide for Planting Trees in Schools||St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Meath||We have already planted our own trees but still need money to cover the costs of purchasing them. The final step of our project is to compile and print an informative booklet that will act as a guide aimed at other schools willing to plant trees in their school too. In order to fund these aspects, we require a small monetary investment from the Dragons and perhaps some helpful advise would be useful also.|
|One Team One Dream||Beara Community School, Catstletownbere, Cork||We want to highlight what is a role model and raise awareness of the importance for everyone to have a good role model in their lives. We would like to print/publish our storybook, role model Hero workbook, primary school pack on the theme as well as our role models module for Wellbing in secondary schools. We want to work with the eight feeder primary schools in our area in piloting this material.|
|Toys for Joy||Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carrignavar, Cork||The social issue we are focusing on is sustainability and children in need.We plan to hold a toy appeal in our local schools in order to up-cycle preloved toys to donate to children who are in need. To make this happen we need to advertise our idea by creating posters, etc.|
|The Food Fund||Terence MacSwiney Community College, Knocknaheany, Cork||We are working to reduce food waste in local schools, redistribute food to local charities and raise awareness of food needs in the local community. We are currently raising funds to develop our food fund app. We have secured an app developer to work with us and teach us coding skills required. The project works well in our school but we also want to roll it out to other schools and will need funds for merchandising and travel expenses|
|Winning with Women||St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney,Kerry||Our vision is to try equalise the gender inequality in our local community. We would like to design a pair of shorts that tailor to women’s bodies and needs, as we have noticed a lack of this in our sport. Access to design resources to make these and money for production costs.|
|Tick Tock||St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney, Kerry||Our plan is to get people to answer a survey on LYMES disease and teach them how dangerous it can be. We plan to try put up more signage in the national park so that we can teach as many people as possible the risks of LYMES disease. We are seeking funding to make up up tic removal packs and create more signage in the parks in our area.|
|The BullyBusters,||Coláiste Íde Agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale, Limerick||We would like to provide a safe space for students to speak up if they are experiencing any form of bullying. We would like to raise awareness around bullying and its link to mental health. We want to help students manage their anxiety around the issue and provide them with coping skills to manage their mental health.We would like to make a short film to highlight the issue with bullying through a platform that people enjoy. The resources we would require includes finances to pay a professional filmmaker to come to the school and help us to create this short film in the most effective way possible.|
|Be Breast Aware||Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Wexford||We want people from time you start secondary school to be aware of the importance of checking your body for changes, how to properly self check your breasts and to be aware of signs and symptoms of breast cancer. We are seeking funding to support research, hosting a pink day, and campaigning to ensure breast self check and girls health is on sphe curriculum.|
|The Greenest Link||Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town||Through this project, we hope to tackle two major issues – reducing our contribution of carbon emissions into the environment and reducing Donegal’s reputation as a black spot for road traffic accidents especially amongst young people. We feel our promotion of the local link as a safe and reliable transport alternative will help us to tackle both of these major issues.We would like mentoring and funding to update current systems to GPS track to show where the buses are and to tell passengers how long it will take for them to arrive at their stops.|
|Technology Addiction, Make It Fiction!||Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew, Wicklow||We want to develop an app that allows young people to ‘earn’ technology time based on activity levels. The app would link to their fitbit/phone and record activity be it physical or something like reading a book. We would like to be paired with some developers to help us flesh out this idea and develop our app.|
|Gasp; It’s a Mask||Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Wexford||Our goal is to create an accepting and supportive environment for girls with autism in our school.We want to create a sensory room in our school and are hoping to access funding to support the purchase of materials.|
|Menstrual Waves||Rosses Community School, Dungloe, Donegal||We want to address the lack of education in schools regarding the menstrual cycle. We want to educate students on the Menstrual cycle, concentrating more on the hormones that rise and fall and how they can effect the daily lives of woman. We want to create a module that can be taught in junior cycle SPHE/RSE/Wellbeing.|
|Be Better||Scoil Dara, Kilcock, Kildare||We want to make our school more autism friendly and inclusive. We want to do sensory and literacy/numeracy maps for around our school to make our school an easier place to navigate. Also for visually impaired students, we would like to put stickers on glass doors and steps around the school.|
|Carry on Caring||Youthreach, Wicklow Town||The aim of our project is to once again reach out to those in temporary accommodation in Rathmore, identify their needs and see how we can help. We held a coffee morning and ‘new or next to new’ clothes market here and invited the residents. We chatted and gave out questionnaires with suggestions of what their needs currently are. It was predominantly activity based. They would love access for the kids to do dance classes, and other sports and also have the right clothing to wear to the classes to fit in.|
Information will be emailed to all successful teams to notify them of their pitching date and time as well as a dedicated resource pack to help you prepare your pitch to our expert panels!!
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