A special social enterprise in Donegal has won a place on Rethink Ireland’s Genesis Programme.
Liquid Therapy, based in Bundoran, provides young people with physical, mental, emotional, behavioural and intellectual needs from rural areas with the opportunity to take part in ocean and surf-based activities.
The project is one of 40 awardees selected to benefit from Rethink Ireland’s Social Enterprise Development Fund. Sixteen enterprises will receive cash grants and business support. A further 24 enterprises including Liquid Therapy, will receive strategic support to help expand their impact through a ‘Genesis Programme’. The programme is an intensive two-day residential workshop that will focus on building the skills and knowledge needed to develop a sustainable social enterprise and 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.
Seamus Neely, former Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, said: “We would like to extend our congratulations to Liquid Therapy on their success in receiving a Social Enterprise Development Fund Award from Rethink Ireland.
“The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted many challenges and opportunities for our local communities in recent months – at both a social and economic level. Social Enterprises can contribute an enormous amount to creating strong communities and to agile responses as our context continually changes. Thanks to Rethink Ireland and the Social Enterprise Development Fund, innovative organisations like Liquid Therapy will continue to bring about positive social change, while also boosting the local economy by creating jobs.”