Social Entrepreneurs awarded for providing real social services in our city

Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English TD, presented the Social Enterprise Awards to five deserving winners at Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin1 at 8am, this morning, Thursday, 15th December, 2016.
The Social Enterprise Grant Scheme Awards was first established in 2015 to raise awareness and reward the important work being done by Social Entrepreneurs in the city. At this year awards, a total fund of €45,000 will be distributed to five innovative social enterprises to further develop their operations and organisations.
Attending the ceremony, Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said “We are supporting this award ceremony to raise the profile of people engaged in social enterprise that benefits their communities and builds an enterprise culture.  We have five great examples of social enterprises that produce great outcomes and highlight important social issues.”
Minister English praised the important work done, stating “Social Enterprise is the up and coming way to give ownership back to a community by delivering much needed local services in an efficient manner using self sustaining enterprises.  The Social Entrepreneurs Awards are an opportunity to showcase what social enterprise can achieve in our communities”.
According to Evanne Kilmurray, CEO, Inner City Enterprise, “The rationale for getting the Scheme off the ground in the first place was to address the gap for accessing funding for start up social enterprises. The award celebrates five great social enterprises and highlights the practical way that funding and mentoring makes a vital difference to their future. The fostering and developing of a diverse range of social enterprises in the City will play a key role in rejuvenating many of the local communities and have long lasting impacts in terms of job creation and provision of real social services”.
The ceremony will highlight the work of the winning entrepreneurs:
Re-create, The Yard at Solas Project, House of Akina, Aspire Productions and Third Space.  Short videos that animate the achievements and operations of the winners and what social enterprise can do for the local community are available at:
House of Akina
Third Space     
The Yard           
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Notes to the Editor:
The Inner City Enterprise (ICE)
The Inner City Enterprise, (ICE) formed a partnership with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City, the Irish Social Enterprise Network (ISEN), the Carmichael Centre and Dublin City University to promote practical business supports to social enterprises in Dublin city
About the winners-
House of Akina
House of Akina is a social enterprise that is working to support women living in direct provision in Ireland. House of Akina create handmade, limited edition apparel, mainly accessories such as bow ties, pocket squares etc. Products are made by women who have been through the Irish Direct provision system and now have the legal right to work and remain in Ireland. Profits are used to facilitate workshops to support and educate marginalised Migrant Women in Ireland in order to facilitate better integration of new communities.
House of Akina brand and slogan is  “Look good, Do good”  promoting the idea that you can spend your money on trendy but ethical products that do good for those marginalised in society.
ReCreate is a social enterprise and membership organisation which collects clean, end of line materials from business and redistributes for all kinds of creative and artistic purposes. The concept, Creative Reuse, encourages the whole community to reuse everyday materials that are normally being thrown away, in all kinds of inventive ways. Members pay an annual subscription fee and in turn have unlimited access to the materials stored in ReCreate, this encourages reuse on an industrial scale. Basically Re-Create redistributes excess material from businesses for creative reuse.
ReCreate is making art materials and educational supplies affordable to all sectors of the community. It is a social enterprise that works collaboratively to champion fun, creativity, holistic development of the individual and care for the environment by diverting materials from refill through resource exchange. It affords quality employment to a range of individuals including the LT unemployed and those with a physical, sensory and intellectual disability.
The Yard@Solas project
The Yard Crew @ Solas Project is a social enterprise in South Inner City Dublin. They work with young adults, primarily male aged between 15 and 24. These young adults are considered in the NEET target group (currently Not in Employment, Education or Training) and come from challenging backgrounds. Some will have experienced homelessness, poverty and alcohol or drug misuse. Taking part in a 16 week course (they run 3 courses a year) over 2.5 days per week, each member of the Yard Crew receives hands-on work experience, learning practical woodwork skills, bicycle maintenance and the ins and outs of running a social enterprise. The skills and the confidence gained prepare participants for employment. In teaching these valuable skills the Yard not only help them to take opportunities, but hold onto them.
They produce high quality woodwork products such as bowls, pens etc, as well as larger projects such as full size canoes, which are then sold to partly fund the programme. In summary, the Yard is a social enterprise whose aim is to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to empower them to fulfil their personnel and professional potential so could be considered a skills development programme with a commercial angle.
Third Space
Third Space is a social business venture set up to open and run eating and meeting places in the redeveloped areas of Dublin that lack these third spaces. Each Third Space will become a hub for the community in its area, a place where local residents and workers can gather regularly, easily, informally and inexpensively. Built around a simple but great menu, an excellent team and an informal environment they will nurture a creative buzz that reflects the vibrant variety of life at the heart of a modern urban community. Third Spaces will become the place to meet and eat in the neighbourhoods where they are established.
Each Third Space will be a place of connecting, creating and changing. The target market for each Third Space is the workers, residents and visitors within an 800m radius. By day a Third Spaces is a meeting and eating hub for workers, students, parents or grandparents with small children. In the evening it is a hive of social activity for locals and visitors. Local artists will perform and exhibit. Clubs and societies can form as common interests are discovered and pursued around the table - book clubs, craft groups, sports societies, social networks can all be incubated and grow there. And while people meet, they eat and drink and keep the business profitable.
The first Third Space has become a hub for the community in the Smithfield area and since Third Space Smithfield opened the area has been transformed. Third Space are an established and functioning social enterprise in the Smithfield area and have diversified to a new premises on Aungier Street.
Aspire Productions
Aspire has been in operation for 21 years with a mission to ensure that people with Asperger Syndrome access opportunities and support required to use their unique talents, access the same opportunities as their peers and meet their full potential.
Aspire Productions is a social enterprise based in Dublin City that will produce high quality, low cost media products for a range of clients. Aspire productions will work with clients to meet their digital media needs in a cost effective manner. Clients will be able to avail of a range of products and packages to suit their needs. Packages will include a combination of videos for training solutions, logo and graphic design and social media management. The team is made up of a talented cohort of media graduates, all of whom have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Their skills range from animation, direction, storyboarding, project management, leadership, writing, editing, sound and lighting. The team has a unique outlook on the world and this translates in the way that they approach projects, work with clients and it reflects on the end result.