Leo Munnis, 7, from Laois with Dean Kearns, 7, from Naas with Karen Leigh CEO and Founder of Sensational Kids and Deirdre Mortell CEO Social Innovation Fund Picture: Jason Clarke
Kildare-based Social Enterprise, Sensational Kids, were honoured at the Social Enterprise Development Fund showcase event in Dublin.
Sensational Kids provide nationwide subsidised early intervention services for children who have a special educational needs.
Since being an announced as an awardee of the Social Enterprise Development Fund in July 2018, they have opened their second centre in Clonakilty in County Cork and have held over 100 therapy (speech and language therapy, occupational therapy & play therapy) appointments in their first 6 weeks. They also received planning permission for their third centre in Claremorris in Mayo.
The €1.6M Social Enterprise Development Fund was set up last year by Social Innovation Fund Ireland, and Local Authorities Ireland and over two years, will provide funding and supports to social enterprises from across the country. The fund is financed by the Department of Rural and Community Development from the Dormant Accounts and IPB Insurance.