Celebrations as SCCUL Enterprises CLG Wins Social Enterprise of the Year Award

SCCUL Enterprises CLG has been voted Social Business of the Year 2022 by the All Ireland Business Foundation. In a virtual ceremony just before Christmas, the local social enterprise was announced as best in class for the year.

SCCUL Enterprises CLG is a registered charity established by but independent of St. Columba’s Credit Union, Galway in 2002. As a not-for-profit social enterprise, SCCUL aims to champion societal change by promoting community, enterprise, well-being and social inclusion.

This is achieved through a number of successful initiatives including the SCCUL Enterprise Centre, Ballybane, where local businesses and community groups can benefit from affordable space and support services.

Through the operation of a two-tier social inclusion model, SCCUL uses revenue generated from business interactions to offset the costs associated with providing facilities and services to local community groups.

The SCCUL Enterprise Center strives to encourage the creation and growth of start-ups and small businesses. The center comprises independent business units, shared offices with individual modules and shared offices, a number of conference rooms, a holistic counseling suite and a communal canteen.

SCCUL also runs bizmentors a mentorship program for start-ups and existing businesses currently serving the City and County of Galway. It provides free access to expertise and business wisdom to people working in small businesses who might otherwise find it difficult to access such support. bizmentors has provided over 6,000 hours of free mentoring to local businesses.

The rapid growth and success of the bizmentors program has seen it recognized by the European Union and has been funded to be rolled out in 4 regions across Northern Europe as a pilot program between 2018 and 2021 under the name Bizmentors International , which has just received bridging funding for the next six months to take it to the next stage.

SCCUL also operates the SCCUL Sanctuary in Kilcornan, Clarinbridge, which was established to provide a safe space for people facing life’s challenges. The SCCUL Sanctuary offers tailor-made therapeutic retreat days for community groups and members of the public who are facing a crisis in their life or in need of healing and a wide range of therapies and services to enhance well-being emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

The sanctuary is also available for private hire, team building days and corporate meetings. Funds raised from renting the space enable therapy days both online and at the center.

SCCUL also operates the Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighborhood Center on behalf of Galway City Council. The center includes an Olympic standard sports hall, fully equipped for basketball, indoor football and badminton, three meeting rooms, equipped with the highest audio visual specification. A general purpose room that can accommodate an array of activities such as yoga, zumba, aerobics, etc.

CEO Aoibheann McCann said they were delighted to receive the accolade as it is a testament to the incredible work of their board, staff and volunteers over the past twenty years.

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