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Galway duo make shortlist for Social Entrepreneur Ireland Award

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Psychologists Lorraine Lynch and Arlene Naughten, authors of #100happydays4kids.

Business partners, authors and psychologists, Lorraine Lynch and Arlene Naughten, who received an innovation award from SCCUL Enterprises in the Ballybane Enterprise Centre earlier this year, have now been nominated for a national award for their innovative child-centred programme.

Arlene from Ballinasloe and Lorraine from Portumna have made it through to the final of the Social Entrepreneur Ireland 2015, which will be held in Dublin next month.

Arlene and Lorraine have shown dedication and passion over the past year since the opening of Arlene’s business, Sugru Child Development and Contextual Play Therapy Services in Athlone.

Sugru, which specialises in promoting well-being for children and families, has now expanded its services from Athlone to Athenry’s Primary Care Centre, where services include contextual therapeutic play, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and family interventions, as well as individualised therapy for children with neuro-developmental disorders, such as Dyspraxia and ASD.

The women also deliver professional, education and health workshops to organisations and schools around the county, including mindfulness and positive mental health programmes.

Earlier this year, Lorraine and Arlene launched their book #100happydays4kids in Charlie Byrnes Bookstore in Galway City. It has received acclaim from professionals, children’s organisations and parents alike and earned them the SCCUL innovation award. #100happydays4kids is a parenting book, which guides readers through 100 effective steps to increasing familial well-being and attachment. Readers can register their details on the secure online site and share photos, or blog about their experiences alongside a community of parents from all around the world.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland have chosen Lorraine and Arlene’s approach to positive parenting from over 180 applicants from across Ireland after they participated in a business boot-camp in Dublin. Judges at the event included Gavin Duffy from Dragon’s Den and RTÉ newsreader Bryan Dobson.

It is part of the Elevator Programme, a national competition which identifies Ireland’s most innovative business start-up endeavours and awards €20,000 to the top candidates. The award ceremony will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House in early July.

For more information on Sugru services, visit www.sugru.ie or call 090-64-99144.

They are also running psychologist-led Well-Being Retreat Summer Camps and Dyspraxia Summer Camps in Athenry and Athlone.

For more information on these, email lorraine@sugru.ie

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Galway café stars in ad series

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Graham O'Riordan and Jennifer Power outside their café.

The owners of a thriving Galway city café will feature in a new EU-funded advertising campaign – designed to reinforce consumer confidence in dairy products.

Jennifer Power and Graham O’Riordan, owners of the Little Lane Coffee Company, are one of seven foodservice outlets from across the country to feature in the new advertising campaign for the National Dairy Council.

The EU-funded campaign is supporting the foodservice industries impacted in Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Northern Ireland during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Bord Bia estimated that the food industry in Ireland contracted by almost half during the pandemic crisis where restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace, hospitals and educational canteens were all forced to close.

The campaign will be a mix of outdoor, print and online media and is designed to reinforce the impact and to restore the consumer confidence in dairy products.

Interestingly recent research undertaken by NDC showed a 48% increase in dairy consumption during the pandemic.

Nearly one third of young adults without children indicate that their consumption of dairy products has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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