The Founding of the Social Action Group
The Social Action Group was founded in 1975 to give young people an opportunity to become involved in community work. Young People have made a significant contribution to community life ever since.
The Social Action Group has evolved over the years. It is now a company limited by guarantee (CLG) with charitable status (CHY 9004). It has developed a very progressive care programme for older people which includes a Day Care Centre, Social Housing, a Meals on Wheels and Laundry service.
The Social Action Group has its own Headquarters ‘Teach Iosagain’ built in 1983. Teach Iosagain has developed over the decades and includes many facilities for young people and for the wider community.
The Social Action Group has developed into a very successful social enterprise producing a significant social and financial dividend each year. It has made a huge difference to the lives of many people in the community and beyond enabling older people to live out their lives in their own community with a sense of dignity, safety and the highest standards of care. It also caters for the recreational needs of young people giving them the opportunity to brighten up the lives of others while developing their own personality, confidence and self-esteem.
Mission Statement & Ethos
"To Give and Not to Count the Cost"
"Caring and Making a Difference"
Those who founded, moulded and shaped the Social Action Group were strongly influenced by the Christian ethos of service to others, by the Meitheal tradition where neighbours gathered to help neighbours and by ideals of social justice and equality. Young people in the group are encouraged to make a genuine effort as a group to brighten up the lives of other people and to assist in the creation of a community of shared values, opportunities, benefits and responsibilities while becoming the best version of themselves rather than pale shadows of somebody else.
The members are asked to look at people and in so doing see an image of themselves with the same needs, rights and possibilities. Members are given the opportunity to take part in grand ventures like the construction of sheltered houses for older people. They are also asked never to underestimate the power and importance of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness all of which have the power to turn a life around.
Members are asked to make a genuine effort to use their energy, gifts and talents in the service of others, to help create a community where everybody matters, to reflect on life and its meaning, to develop a purpose in life and help bring Christianity to life in a way that revitalizes individuals, the community and country.
- Youth Work - To promote the development and involvement of young people in their community and society.
- Social Care - In particular the assistance of older members of the community to live their lives with dignity and respect.
- Community Development - Through the securing and resourcing of facilities and activities to improve the overall quality of life for local people, in particular those experiencing hardship.
- To provide aid for the Developing World.
Since 1975 the Social Action Group has won several awards for its community work, ranging from 1st place in Ireland in the Youth Section of the AIB Better Ireland Awards, to 1st place in the Kerry Community Awards and Pride of place National Community Award in 2004.
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