Suas Volunteer Programme, Team Thoughshop

Volunteer Programme: Indian Teams Departure 2017

It’s Wednesday 31st May and we’re in terminal one of Dublin Airport. Before us stand four teams of volunteers who are travelling to India as part of the Suas Volunteer Programme 2017. Nervous energy hangs in the air. Some are excited, others anxious, but all are ready for the challenge that lies ahead. Their destination […]

Dónal Kearny, VOCALISM, The Ideas Collective, Suas Educational Development

Dónal Kearney: VOCALISM and The Ideas Collective

We sat down with Dónal Kearny, a singer and educator who was part of The Ideas Collective in 2015, to learn more about his experiences. Through the support of The Ideas Collective Dónal founded the artistic advocacy platform VOCALISM. VOCALISM is a means of promoting self-expression and confronting social exclusion – through songs, stories or […]

Connect More Dublin, The Ideas Collective, Suas Educational Development

Lucy Ray and Emma McLoughlin: Connect More Dublin and The Ideas Collective

We had a quick chat with Lucy and Emma who were part of The Ideas Collective 2016. To help address the isolation and exclusion faced by those living in Direct Provision centres in Dublin they developed their idea – Connect More Dublin. The project raises awareness of the Direct Provision system and organises outings and activities in […]

Aisling Byrne: Nu.Ethical and The Ideas Collective

We sat down with Aisling Byrne, who founded Nu.Ethical with Ali Kelly. Both Ali and Aisling are past participants of The Ideas Collective.  Nu. is an ethical fashion community who believe in looking great without the environmental and social costs. Aisling and Ali began their journey with The Ideas Collective – a journey that has led Aisling to […]

Sheela Sengupta founder of Development Action Society

Laura Cullen: Remembering Sheela Sengupta

The late Sheela Sengupta, Secretary and co-founder of our Indian partner Development Action Society (DAS), was sadly lost to the world on the 8/07/16.  Sheela was a truly extraordinary woman. On International Woman’s Day 2017 we asked past Indian volunteer Laura Cullen to help us remember her. I met Sheela at a time when I was full […]

Claire Faithorn: The Fast Forward Programme, Sowing Seeds of Possibility

Claire with Mr. Gershom. Principal KangombeIt’s early May and I’m in Kabwe, Zambia – a dusty and somewhat forgotten town. Through my visit I’ve come to understand more about the progress and impact of our International Education Programme Fast Forward which we’re piloting in a school here. The school I’m visiting has 175 pupils, but another […]

Saoirse McCann Brings ‘Fast Forward’ to Nairobi

Late 2015 was an extremely exciting one for Suas – as we launched two new pilot projects under our Fast Forward programme. The aim of ‘Fast Forward’ is to help improve the quality of education for some of the most disadvantaged communities in Kenya and Zambia. With Fast Forward we focus on community schools that […]

Brian Cusack: A Chance For No More Scars

‘Sucanto had scars and burns all over his small fingers and hands. Underneath the skin there were permanent blue dye marks. I’d always thought he had been injured in a textile factory.’ Brian Cusack volunteered as a Suas teaching assistant with Development Action Society (DAS) in Kolkata, 2014. One of the boys he worked with, […]

ESB Energy for Generations

On Friday 30th October, we were thrilled to attend the ESB ‘Energy for Generations’ Fund presentation, at their Network offices in Leopardstown – where we picked up a very generous €20,000 cheque. On the day, other organisations awarded for their national projects included the: The Irish Men’s Sheds Association received funding for a series of local […]