Social Enterprise Development Fund
The power of social enterprise shines through! First Fortnight are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a place on the Social Enterprise Development Fund Accelerator Programme. This programme will see our charity receive expert and bespoke supports to hone our social impact, business skills and accelerate our growth.
This fund was set up to support social enterprises across the country to achieve their goals and we are so proud to have been selected from a group of over 100 applicants. Some of the other recipients of a place in the programme include TechIreland, Third Space and The Cornmarket Project.
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
First Fortnight were delighted to hear that co-founder David Keegan had been announced as a finalist for the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards programme. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is an Irish not-for-profit organisation that supports people with new solutions to Ireland’s biggest social problems and it’s a testament to all the hard work that our First Fortnight team do to be among only a handful of those nominated for the programme. Upon hearing the news, David was “truly honoured and humbled to be considered amongst Ireland’s most passionate social change makers. Looking forward to learning more about their fantastic work!”
The Royal Visit
Members of the Royal Family made the short trip over the Irish sea for a whirlwind tour of Ireland back in July and First Fortnight’s co-founders J.P. Swaine and David Keegan were honoured to be invited to a reception that saw Prince Harry and Meghan meet many organisations which are central to Irish life. The invite came as a result of research that had been carried out on organisations ‘making waves in the mental health & cultural landscape in Ireland’. It is always so encouraging to see those in the public eye open up about mental health, something Prince Harry has touched on a lot in recent years.
Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry launched ‘Heads Together’ in early 2017 – a charitable campaign determined to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health in the UK. While speaking to First Fortnight co-founder David Keegan, Prince Harry spoke openly about the anxiety he felt and the subsequent counselling he sought to help deal with it. To hear such a prominent figure on the world stage echo the same values and messages First Fortnight stand for was a great moment for all involved in breaking the stigma attached to mental health.