Oakfield Trust Donates €130,000 to Help Local Families & Community Projects Through the Covid-19 Crisis
Oakfield Trust has donated €130,000 in funding to initiatives working to combat the impact of Covid-19. The organisation was fortunate to have a surplus in its Risk Reserve Fund which enabled the company to help support a number of projects during the pandemic which has posed a huge challenge for many local organisations. In order to donate as much as possible, Oakfield Trust selected initiatives with Government match funding – contributing €45,000 to The Children’s Rights Alliance Emergency Food Provision Scheme aimed at addressing food poverty across Ireland and €75,000 to Rethink Ireland’s Social Innovation Fund which offers extensive wraparound supports to vulnerable social and community enterprises across Ireland. Funding for both initiatives will be matched by the Government – thereby doubling the amount available to these organisations – and will be targeted at support for projects in the South County Dublin area. In addition to these funding schemes Oakfield Trust has also donated one-off funding grants to local food charities in Neilstown and Killinarden as well as Saoirse Women’s Refuge in Tallaght, The Prevention and Early Intervention Network [PEIN] and Beacon of Light Counselling Services in Clondalkin.
Marie Duffin, Manager of Oakfield Trust, said:
“It has been a really difficult time for the whole community during this pandemic. These funding donations will help and support local people and projects – with funding allocated where it is needed the most.
We believe that now is the time for our fantastic community to come together and help each other recover from the Covid-19 crisis and build strong links for the future.
The Children’s Rights Alliance established the Emergency Food Provision Scheme at the end of April to support the nutritional needs for children under 6 years experiencing poverty and deprivation during the Covid-19 crisis and the Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSC) played a key role in the delivery of the scheme by assisting organisations serving those with the greatest need to apply for the funding. Rethink Ireland provides cash grants and business supports to social innovations that directly address the current crisis and can make a real difference across Ireland.
Marie added: “These initiatives are doing excellent work and we are fortunate to be in a position at this time of crisis to be part of their efforts by helping to fund their projects. Indeed, we believe their work will have a huge supportive impact on the lives of children and families within our own community and, through shared learning and other collaborations, on communities around the country.”
Minister Frances Fitzgerald Opens Balgaddy Child and Family Centre
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Local T.D., Minister Frances Fitzgerald, officially opened the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre on Friday last. Local residents, members of the Balgaddy Working Together Group, representatives of the County Partnership, South Dublin County Council, Archways, Oakfield Trust, local Family Support Centres and Atlantic Philanthropies attended the packed event. Deputy Lord Mayor Gus O’Connell, Joanna Tuffy TD and Councillors. Eamon Tuffy and Emer Higgins also attended.
"I am delighted to be here today to officially open the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre. Today’s opening is the culmination of 4 years of work and partnership and represents a positive investment into the community and for the residents of Balgaddy who have been waiting for these kinds of support services. With Atlantic Philanthropy funding and the guidance of both South Dublin County Council and project managed by Oakfield Trust, this initiative has been nurtured and turned what was a blueprint in a County Plan to the fantastic, warm and welcoming space showcased here today and fought for by the Balgaddy Working Together Group,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch.
“Barnardos, Oakfield Trust, Archways, Deansrath Family Centre, Balgaddy Working Together Group and Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services have all played important roles in making the transition from a plan to a service and I commend them for their vision and commitment to the people of Balgaddy. The aim of the Centre is to support parents and the community as they create a warm, supportive and secure space in which children can grow, develop and flourish,” continued Fitzgerald.
The building opened its doors in September 2012 with the opening of the Beech Tree Community Childcare. The Centre has since gone on to develop a range of programs for children, families and the community. Services provided in this building include Family Mornings, Healthy Food Made Easy, Community Coffee Mornings, Family Days, After School Activities, New Mums Group and the Centre is getting busier and busier. All of these activities contribute to and indeed are vital ingredients for a vibrant successful community.
“The community in Balgaddy has proven itself to be resilient, proactive and, above all else, positive. Initiatives like the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre and the extra services involved, will give residents the support that families in our area often need,” said Minister Fitzgerald before she cut the ribbon on the plaque for the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre.
Project: Clondalkin Tus Nua
Clondalkin Tus Nua was established in 1997 by a group of concerned parents. A community based response to the drug problems in the Southwest Clondalkin area.
As a community we sought solutions to our drug problem by developing practical and affective ways of working with the statutory agencies and service providers.
Through funding from the Health Service Executive, D.S.P. and the Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Clondalkin Tus Nua contact centre was opened in September 1999.
The project has developed into a unique community based addiction support centre providing a holistic and therapeutic service.
In September 2011 the project moved to a purpose built facility on the New Nangor Road with the help of Oakfield Trust who project managed the entire planning and site build of this facility. In 2013 changed name from The Bawnogue Youth & Family Support Group to Clondalkin Tus Nua
ReCreate is a national social enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as arts materials. Their warehouse is full to the brim with all types of fantastic arts materials such as paper, wool, plastics, fabric, tubing, foam and many other unusual and unexpected surprises.
We work with local and national businesses to collect unwanted and surplus items, for use in early childhood education, schools, colleges, special needs groups & community centres, and by individuals for art, craft, theatre and creative projects of all kinds.This helps local business produce less waste and helps our schools and communities to stretch their budgets and their imagination.
ReCreate is a project of Early Childhood Ireland, South Dublin County Partnership, Tallaght Community Arts, Oakfield Trust and community representatives. South Dublin County Council are also represented on the Board. We are passionate about bringing more play and creativity into people’s lives.
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Project: ACE Enterprise Park
ACE Enterprise Park (ACE) is a Clondalkin based Community Enterprise Centre, established in 1995 by the local community to enhance the capacity of local people to enter and remain in employment. Among a range of supports, ACE offers 30,000 sq ft of high quality business space and practical business training to small enterprises. As a registered charity and independent social enterprise, ACE has a deep commitment to supporting and advancing the well-being of the local community. With the help of Oakfield Trust, Ace was able to refurbish their training rooms to the highest specifications.
ACE Enterprise Park runs a number of practical business workshops, which are designed to be immediately useful to small business owners. We deliver a variety of courses, which offer an invaluable insight into the key requirements for getting a business on track. The courses include taxation, cashflow management, sales & marketing, digital marketing and bookkeeping. We also conduct regular surveys to find out what courses are most relevant to clients, so that they are relevant and engaging.
On July 26th, 2017, Marie Duffin, Manager of Oakfield Trust handed over €7768.00 to Recycle IT, a community organisation and social enterprise offering electrical recycling services in Dublin and surrounding areas.
This presentation of match funding by Oakfield Trust follows a successful application by Recycle IT for Dormant Accounts Funding through the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The combined funding will help increase recycling capacity and grow the numbers of people accessing employer based training to build skills for work.
Members of the Recycle IT board and staff team attended on the evening with Chairperson John McMackin expressing delight with the match funding contribution from Oakfield Trust. John said, “this very generous support makes it possible to execute our plan to deliver community focused electrical recycling services, work experience and employment while also promoting a message of reduce, reuse and recycle.
Marie Duffin said “Oakfield Trust and its board members are pleased to support a fellow social enterprise enhance its operations which in turn supports local communities, employment and environmental goals.
Recycle IT board members in attendance to accept the cheque included, (left to right) Cecil Johnston, South Dublin County Partnership, John McMackin, DCU School of Business and Dermot Maguire, VHI. Centrally pictured (left to right) is Marie Duffin, Manager of Oakfield Trust and Una Lavelle, Manager of Recycle IT.
Oakfield Trust support to a number or projects in the Clondalkin area, we are now recruiting for voluntary Directors to join our Board of Management. We are looking for people with Financial and/or Legal skills in particular. The Board of Management meet approximately every two months for 2 – 3 hours in total usually in the morning. If you are interested, or require further information, please contact Marie Duffin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakfield Trust, established in 1996 in Clondalkin, is a community based social enterprise. Oakfield Trust was established in response to the need from community based projects and agencies to find suitable premises in the Clondalkin area. At that time community projects were concerned with a number of property related issues as: availability and suitability of premises, location and quality of premises, rental rates, security of tenure and terms & conditions of tenancy agreements, e.g. length of leases etc.
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