Primary School Students Graduate In Style!
On Wednesday 8th February last, our Localise Spirit of Service members graduated in St.Patrick’s Campus, DCU. The event was hosted by Daire Keogh, Deputy President of DCU and Minister Paschal Donohoe was our guest of honour.
Our Spirit of Service programme targets 6th class students in primary schools, engaging them directly in grass root community service work. It is a 10 week programme provided voluntarily to schools and is the first of its kind in Ireland. Young people carry out a community service action project that will directly benefit those in need in their locality. The programme ran from September to December 2016 through 5 schools. Engaging over 100 students and 40 volunteer adult leaders in:
- Cabra – Dublin 7 and 1 - St.Catherine’s N.S. and St.Finbarr’s N.S
- Iona Dublin 3 and 9 – St.Columba’s N.S. Iona Road - St.Vincent’s N.S. Glasnevin
- River Valley Swords – Holy Family Senior School
The Cabra Localise group generated 100's of essential supplies for over 30 rough sleepers in Dublin 1, through the Dublin Simon Community.
Iona Localise created a Christmas event for 40 special needs people and their families from Dublin 3 and 9 communities.
And River Valley Localise collected over €10,000 worth of food and supplies for the St Vincent De Paul families in need appeal in Swords. The group also visited 2 nursing homes with handmade cards and gifts as part of their 'Thinking of you this Christmas' campaign.
Localise in partnership with Dublin City University engages trainee primary school teachers as volunteer facilitators who work directly with the young people in planning, organising and delivering their community service projects. This partnership enables both the student teachers and young people together to make a real difference to their community while developing new skills and talents.