Funding for two Limerick social enterprises 

Mamobo Ogoro (Gorm Media), Michael Garvey (IPB Insurance), and Deirdre Mortell (Rethink Ireland) at the announcement of the recipients of the Rethink Ireland Fund.
TWO Limerick-based social enterprises are among the 28 awardees of Rethink Ireland’s Social Enterprise Development Fund and Social Enterprise Start-Up Fund.
These funds aim to support and develop social enterprises across Ireland who work to improve the lives of communities.
Limerick’s Gorm Media and the Health Hub will benefit from the €800,000 Social Enterprise Start-Up Fund developed in partnership with the Department of Rural and Community Development to support social enterprises in the early stage of their existence.
Gorm Media is a digital media social enterprise with a mission to unify across social, political and cultural differences, and advance a sense of belonging for marginalised communities.
The Health Hub in Kileely, a programme developed under the Learning Hub, brings a focus on health education aimed at supporting and raising awareness across all age groups.
Limerick City and County Council chief executive Pat Daly congratulated both groups on their success in receiving a Social Enterprise Fund Award from Rethink Ireland.
“Coming out of an extremely challenging period for Irish society, we’re delighted with this good news story for Limerick. Social enterprises have an important role to play in guiding Ireland to become a more inclusive and equal society. Organisations like Gorm Media and Health Hub are leading the charge by not only creating jobs but working towards bringing about positive social change,” he said.
Rethink Ireland chief executive Deirdre Mortell said that social enterprises are part of the social fabric of communities as they play a key role in developing solutions to the biggest challenges facing Irish society.
“From a toy library that offers rental toys to families to reduce waste, to a therapeutic adventure group focused on tackling youth mental health difficulties, or a heart-warming community centre that is integrating and including immigrants and refugees into Irish society through support and learning opportunities, social enterprises show a deep level of care for everyone in a community across Ireland.
“We are so thankful to our supporting partners and are delighted to have the opportunity to support these wonderful organisations,” Ms Mortell concluded.