Speedpak Group features in Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase

Speedpak Group features in Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase

We were delighted to feature in the 2021 Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase that took place on Thursday 21st of January 2021 celebrating the impact achieved by the Fund’s 2020 Awardees.

Speedpak Group was one of 16 social enterprises to receive cash grants and business supports from the Fund in 2020. Watching the presentations of our co-awardees made us proud to be part of a group of organisations that are so enterprising, innovative and inclusive.

The online event was hosted by Alan Shortt and featured contributions from Deputy Joe O’Brien TD, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities, Deirdre Mortell, CEO of Rethink Ireland and George Jones, Chairman of IPB Insurance.

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million fund that has been 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

A recording of the event can be seen at https://vimeo.com/504299844

Enterprise Development Fund Showcase 2021

Enterprise Development Fund Showcase 2021

The 2021 Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase – celebrating the impact achieved by its 2020 Awardees – took place on Thursday 21st of January 2021.

Speedpak Group is very grateful to have been one of the awardees and delighted to be part of the Showcase.

This special event was hosted by Alan Shortt and featured contributions from Deirdre Mortell (CEO of Rethink Ireland), Deputy Joe O’Brien TD (Minister of State for Community Development and Charities), George Jones (Chairman of IPB Insurance) and from each of the Awardees. [See list of Awardees below.]

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million fund, created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. In 2020, 16 social enterprises received cash grants and business supports from the fund, while a further 24 enterprises received strategic support through the SEDF’s Genesis programme. 

Winners of the Pitch Fund were Turn2Me, Grow Remote, Triest Press and Specialisterne.

A recording of the event can now be viewed on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/504299844

2020 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees

Amicitia
Amicitia works in rural areas across Ireland with consistently high poverty levels, co-creating initiatives to improve the quality of life of locally marginalised inhabitants, including aged, disabled, socially isolated people.
https://amicitia.org

Castlecomer Discovery Park
This Co. Kilkenny adventure park was established to develop rural tourism, create jobs and regenerate the town of Castlecomer.
https://www.discoverypark.ie

Cork Counselling Services
Cork Counselling Services is an IACP accredited organisation, providing counselling and psychotherapy services to anyone who needs them, regardless of background, as well as educating and training students to a professional counselling standard.
https://www.corkcounsellingservices.ie

CyberSafe Ireland
CyberSafe Ireland teaches parents and children how to safely and responsibly navigate the internet.
https://cybersafeireland.org

Dublin Food Co-op
Dublin Food Co-op is a Kilmainham-based organic food community, promoting sustainably-grown organic and vegetarian wholefoods.
https://dublinfood.coop

EPIC Social Enterprise
EPIC (Enhanced Progress Inspiring Change) offers employment opportunities to people trying to get their lives back on track following problems with addiction and/or past criminality.
http://www.viruskiller.ie/epic.php

Grow Remote
Grow Remote provides resources to help people obtain opportunities to work remotely in their community.
https://growremote.ie

jumpAgrade
jumpAgrade is an online personalised teaching provider, which particularly supports second-level students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, who previously would have been unable to avail of grinds and exam preparation from qualified, expert teachers.
https://jumpagrade.com

Irish Rural Link (Nasc Tuaithe na hÉireann)
Irish Rural Link is the National Meals on Wheels Coordination Unit, which continuously aims to make this national social service more sustainable.
https://www.irishrurallink.ie

Specialisterne
Specialisterne is a social enterprise which recruits and supports neurodiverse people – people with autism, aspergers and other similar challenges – who are trying to find employment.
https://www.specialisterne.ie

Speedpak Group
Speedpak Group (comprising Speedpak Contract Services and Shamrock Rosettes) is a manufacturing social enterprise that provides real work experience, accredited training, mentoring, tailored interventions and supports to long-term unemployed people. This combination of trading – with customers, quality standards and deadlines – and industry-led training is transformative, increasing participants’ employability and job resilience, leading to greater financial independence.
https://speedpakgroup.com/

The Textile Studio
The Textile Studio provides first-time employment and workplace training opportunities to refugee women or women who have been through the criminal justice system
https://wemakegood.ie/blogs/makers/textiles-studio

Together-Razem
The Together Razem Centre offers social, legal, mental health and educational support to adults and children from the Polish and Eastern European migrant community at risk of exclusion and isolation in Ireland.
https://together-razem.org

Triest Press
Roscommon-based Triest Press provides employment and training opportunities to people with intellectual
Disabilities.
https://www.triestpress.ie

Turn2Me
Turn2Me is a community of qualified and accredited mental health professionals, who provide an online confidential and anonymous service to people aged 12 and over, seeking support with their mental health.
https://turn2me.ie

Longford Women’s Link (LWL)
LWL offers educational and training opportunities aimed at providing equality, security and financial independence for women who left school early, left the workplace when they married and/or are at risk of domestic violence.
http://www.lwl.ie

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Speedpak Group Activity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

At Speedpak we are currently focussing on those parts of our commercial business that are deemed essential. We are proud to play a part in this national effort by helping to ensure working supply chains and distribution channels for disposable food trays and containers and for PPE equipment, with particular emphasis on the needs of the medical sector.

The safety of our staff and the wider community is paramount. As a consequence we are operating with reduced staff levels to ensure we can operate recommended social distancing in the workplace, while at the same time providing contract packing and fulfilment service to our customers.

We have facilitated home-working for those of our staff who undertake administration, finance, training and communications and we continue to provide support to our customers by email and telephone at 01 867 1707 and info@speedpak.ie.

We continue to work towards our strategic objectives to support our community by:

  • Maintaining regular contact and providing support to our 50 trainees on our labour market programmes, Community Employment & TÚS
  • Continuing to meet good governance requirements with Board and Sub Committee meetings being held remotely
  • Updating our partners – State, Corporate & Philanthropic Investors and Community on our activity and experience managing our way through this challenging period
  • Planning for post Covid-19. With unemployment set to reach 28% nationally, we’re planning on how we can provide over 100 work experience and training opportunities to people who have lost their jobs. We will offer industry led training and work experience to update their skills, maintain their confidence and self esteem and help them stay connected to the labour market until such time as more jobs are created in the economy.

It goes without saying that this is a difficult time for everyone. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff and the input from our customers, suppliers, neighbours, investors and industry partners.

We offer heartfelt thanks to all those people who are working so tirelessly in so many professions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Stay safe and stay well!

Some of the 10 million face masks waiting to be dispatched from Speedpak.

We have put the following procedures in place:

  • We have published a comprehensive and regularly-updated employee communications policy to ensure reliable, up-to-date information is provided to employees and to clarify procedures and policies around mitigating the risks associated with Covid-19 in accordance with Irish government, HSE and WHO guidelines.
  • We have identified all common touch points and have implemented a set of procedures for thoroughly and regularly sanitising these points.
  • We have posted a set of highly visible, strategically-placed information panels in our warehouses and in bathrooms to inform of good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
  • We provide a sufficient supply of hand sanitisers, sanitiser stations, gloves, masks, paper towels and disinfectant materials.