ANNOUNCING 2ND BETA WELLBEING PLATFORM TRIAL –SEPT 2021
CNI is running a second BETA trial on its wellness platform.
The upgraded platform consists of 6 digital Wellness areas which are Yoga, Meditation, Fitness, Nutrition, Self Care and Pilates. Over 100 video and audio recordings are hosted on the platform and are geared at individuals in a caring role. A support arena provides digital wellness templates and downloads while podcasts, blogs and articles are displayed on the social feed section.
Trial 1 took place in May/June 2021, Trial 2 commences in October 2021
PRESS RELEASE CARERS NETWORK IRELAND-MAY 2021
CARERS NETWORK IRELAND (CNI): CARE FOR CARERS
A few years ago, Ronah Corcoran, a social care worker for 20 years, noticed an increase in burnout amongst her peers. Soon after, she suffered with post-traumatic stress after an incident at work. Supports available were limited, not easily accessible and non- carer focused in nature. She linked with mental health experts, interviewed hundreds of care workers and managers to research mental distress amongst care professionals. In 2019, Carers Network Ireland was founded to provide wellbeing solutions to the Health & Care sector.
CNI’s vision is to close the gap between carer needs and organisational needs resulting in healthier and happier workplaces which benefit both the carer and employer.
In 2019, CNI carried out a successful pilot project providing in person supports and wellness workshops with over 100 care professionals in Galway. They involved Wellness activities such as Art therapy, Yoga and a peer -to -peer support group.
In 2020, following the success of the pilot, CNI began work on a digital wellbeing platform to include resources to carers and corporate wellness solutions to care organisations. CNI commenced online wellness classes and workshops for several charities and community organisations throughout the pandemic. The most popular was its’ Self-Care workshop which included Gentle Movement, Mindfulness and Relaxation for Carers and was attended by family carers, nurses and social care workers.
A Digital Wellbeing Solution for the Health & Care Industry:
CNI digital wellbeing platform trials with carer groups will commence in May 2021 and include live and static digital wellness elements. The platform provides free resources for carers and access to wellness, coaching and mental health expertise.
CNI already provides digital Wellness solutions to several State Agencies, Charities and Carer Groups. Off the shelve Wellness packages include Yoga, Mindfulness or Wellness Coaching. Bespoke wellbeing programs include a mix of wellness and mental health workshops, workplace initiatives and online supports tailored to organisations. In the pipeline are exciting collaborations with fitness, mental health and educational partners to provide further supports in the form of Counselling, Psychotherapy, Training, Nutrition, Pilates & HIIT exercise classes.
Ronah, the founder of CNI, has successfully attended several enterprise programs and won 3rd prize at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Academy in 2018. The support received from attending the BNEST Social Enterprise Incubator in 2019 gave her the skills to develop CNI from an idea into a business.
More recently she gained a place on the highly prestigious New Frontiers Enterprise Programme in the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology which is supported by Enterprise Ireland. She received mentoring and business supports and would highly recommend New Frontiers to other entrepreneurs looking to start a viable business.
CNI is based in Galway City and offers Wellbeing Services to Carer & Community Groups.
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NEW FRONTIERS PROGRAM PARTICIPATION 2020/2021
CNI was successful in gaining a place in the highly prestigious New Frontiers Phase 2 Program in Galway. CNI were one of 14 companies selected for the Mayo & Galway Region and took part in the 6month program. CNI developed a beta digital wellbeing platform to run trials with carers and careworkers during the program.
Thank you to New Frontiers & Enterprise Ireland for the mentoring, business & financial supports!
CNI participates in Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Action Pad 2020
CNI was chosen for the 4 month SEI Action Pad as
it was deemed one of 13 social enterprises likely to pivot during the pandemic.
CNI brought all their existing services online while working on a new platform while supporting carers via online mechanisms.
Thank you SEI for your support!
SEI Action Lab Booklet 2020
Social Enterprises taking part in the BNest Showcase 2019 (Article)
BNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator, is an initiative created specifically to support social entrepreneurs nurture their start-ups, and caters to all types of organisations from charities to businesses with a social conscience. On Tuesday, March 12, BNest are holding their Bnest Showcase 2019 to highlight these enterprises and the substantial progress that has been made with the help of BNest, as well as to allow others to view the real social impact that each individual organisation is having on the broader community they are serving.
Since September 2016, in partnership with Nexus Centre UL, BNest have been running a six-month programme in which emerging social enterprises learn how to get their new organisations off to the best start by focusing on key areas related to developing their enterprises, in terms of business, social and personal aspects.
Eamon Ryan who founded and self-funded BNest said, “We are the first fully-fledged social incubator in Ireland, and the idea was to create a peer group which shared experiences that could help one another. BNest has been given a home by the University of Limerick, where participants have access to the full facilities of the Nexus Innovation Centre. The venture is being philanthropically funded for three years at a cost of about €20,000 per programme, while participation is free for the enterprises selected. Last year, nine enterprises completed the programme, and there are another eight enterprises taking part in this year’s programme.”
At the BNest Showcase 2019, the graduates will showcase their enterprises which are achieving real social impact across the Midwest, dealing with various issues from mental health to the environment. Eamon adds, “These passionate people have worked on their projects for the past 6 months and we are excited to invite you to join us for a showcase event, where you’ll learn more about each of the projects and meet the people behind them.”
In addition to the display booths, a short informal presentation will be made by each enterprise.
The Limerick Gateway to Education was also involved with the BNest Incubator last year. Founder, Suzanne Roche said, “I took part in the BNest Incubator programme last year, and its content and ongoing support for our project has continued to be invaluable. When I started the project in 2012, I was very much on my own, it’s a fantastic programme as you have on the spot follow up if issues arise. A great programme to get involved in, if you’re a start-up.”
This year’s featured Social Enterprises are:
Bereft.ie, created by Carmel Cuddy, helps and supports all families dealing with bereavement by providing an online resource connecting them to all bereavement services and assisting with practical (legal, financial or administrative) challenges during bereavement.
Alphonse Basogomba, founder of Buheri Consult believes diversity is the norm rather than the exception, however, inclusion is something that needs to be created. His company provides workshops, programmes and consultancy services to the private and public sector.
3.Carers Network Ireland
CNI’s founder Ronah Corcoran spent many years caring for the most vulnerable. Recently she decided to shift her focus to providing care to her peers. CNI addresses increasing mental health issues in the care sector, by providing workshops, events, individual supports and by creating a supportive community.
4.JS Equine Therapies
Interacting with horses- intelligent, intuitive and social animals, is proven to be a highly effective form of therapy. JS Equine Assisted Therapies creates a space for people to explore and find the answers from within.
Project Inspire, led by Kelly Fitzgerald of Tait’s House Community Enterprise, helps young people to prepare for their future. Carefully prepared, engaging hands-on activities allow students to explore different career paths (social enterprise being one of them), make them aware of their environmental impact and inspire them to pursue their dreams.
Lampróg Theatre strongly believes that every young person has a right to opportunities that allow them to grow into their best self. This is what makes Lampróg unique, it’s more than theatre, it’s a way to create inclusion, wellbeing and young people that are active agents for social change.
7.Live Out Loud
Live Out Loud, founded by Susan Kaup and Elsabé De Villiers, provides support and intervention for children, teenagers and young adults living with mild to moderate intellectual disability and their families. A strength-based, person-centred and holistic approach, aligned to the individual’s abilities, strengths, interests, talents, gifts, and needs, which allows young people to feel accepted, included and to live out loud wherever they find themselves.
8.Mr Tait’s Café
Mr Taits Cafe is about more than just the wonderful food they serve on a daily basis. It is a social enterprise that educates, encourages and inspires. Every individual that works at Mr Taits Cafe – behind the scenes or from a customer service perspective – is part of a team where the primary ethos is one of fostering confidence, employability and skills development. They are proud of the food they produce, the careers they nurture and the people who play their part in the Mr Taits Cafe experience.
9.Our Green Vision
Plastic invention changed the way we live but came with a high price for the natural environment. Shane Craul’s research on eliminating oceans plastic waste started with the idea of creating an international standard, a “Quality Mark” that will ensure sustainable use of plastic and it has developed into a key enabler for how we will transition to a Circular Economy.
Thinking Jobs is a specialist recruitment agency aimed at getting a significant number of adults with Disabilities into sustainable and long-term employment. We do not seek charity, we simply want the opportunity to deliver a very high-quality commercial service to meet a real commercial need.
CNI takes part in BNEST Incubator Program 2019
We are delighted to be taking place in the BNEST Incubator Program where we will reeive social enterprise mentoring, training and supports.
CNI wins 3rd prize in the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Academy 2019
CNI is delighted to announce in won 3rd prize in the academy pitch competition, securing 2000 euro funding for Carers Network Ireland.
Thank you, SEI!
CNI secures a place in the SEI Academy West Enterprise Program 2018/2019
CNI is thrilled to be chosen to take place in the 6month SEI Academy West Enterprise Program where we will receive social enterprise, mentoring and training supports for our start up social enterprise Carers Network Ireland.