SEED Programmes (social enterprise)

Southside Partnership DLR has been the lead partner in providing supports to local social enterprises in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown under our SEED programmes. The SEED programmes are supported by a committed and passionate management team, highly skilled trainers, facilitators, and mentors, with support from many colleagues and practitioners in the social enterprise sector. Funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and the ILDN, the SEED programmes continue to build a vibrant social enterprise community of extraordinary organisations and individuals.  

The SEED (1) Training and Mentoring Programme ran throughout the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a significantly challenging time for social enterprises. A collaboration between SSP DLR and Bray Area Partnership, the SEED 1 Programme supported 34 social enterprises and social entrepreneurs. We ran 17 workshops, provided 190 hours of mentoring, created DLR’s first social enterprise network, and produced 10 promotional videos for participants.

The SEED (2) Regeneration Programme, completed in May 2022, expanded to include South Dublin County Partnership and Waterford Area Partnership bringing the number of participants to 58 benefitting from a further 30 workshops focusing on Strategic Planning, Communications, and Boards of Management / Governance. For the first time we also offered an Introduction to Sustainability workshop, a session on wellness, avoiding burnout and minding mental health, and an Introduction to Social Enterprise for Migrant Women. There have been almost 280 hours of mentoring4 networking sessions and an additional 13 promotional videos

We look forward to the continued work ahead of us in supporting our social enterprises and entrepreneurs and to continue to build awareness and understanding of this sector who support the most vulnerable people and communities in DLR.

The SEED (2) Regeneration Programme Videos:

At Airfield Estate our vision is a world where people make food choices that benefit themselves, their families, their communities, society as a whole and our planet. We’re working to deliver this through a series of projects and initiatives both at Airfield Estate and in the wider community. Our 38-acre farm and gardens showcase the cycle of food all the way from soil to society. We do this in a highly immersive and engaging way to highlight the impact our food choices have. Airfield Estate’s mission is to inspire and enable people to make food choices that benefit people, planet and pocket.

As childhood does not come with a manual and nor do serious life changing events we are here to support children and families to do their best even in the most challenging, unpredictable or heartbreaking of circumstances. We guide those in the lives of children, so they know how to make the difference that lasts a lifetime. We provide individualised Bereavement Care, Marte Meo Therapy, Child and Family Supports and Mentoring and Anamcara Companionship. We promise a prompt, caring and friendly response. With our individual skills, our combined passion and our dedicated creative enthusiasm for our work, we offer a friendly, personalised and professional service for What Matters Most to you.

Together Academy is a young and innovative social enterprise that provides tailored training and employment opportunities for adults with Down syndrome. Through our training, our pathways programme and further tailored supports, we will improve the employment prospects of our young adults. In June 2022 the Together Café will open, a community café providing students at the practical work experience and ongoing employment

Blue Diamond Drama Academy aims to provide a two year, third level Drama training programme for adults with intellectual disabilities.  We are committed to the empowerment and development of talented individuals through the medium of drama and theatre. We are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to develop their inherent talents, achieve their full potential and pave the way for a future career in drama and the arts.

Our vision is to create a trusted home care community based on respecting the human rights and dignity of all involved in care. We believe the people who run and control care companies should be the people who give and receive care.

The Great Care Co-op is a social enterprise and Ireland’s first care workers cooperative. We offer a whole person approach to the assessment of client’s needs including their care, personal, social and emotional needs and sustainable jobs for the future by re-investing profits into the co-op, improving care quality by improving employment conditions and by investing in training. 

The SEED (1) Training and Mentoring Programme Videos:

Accessible Community Transport Southside provides door to door demand responsive accessible transport for people with disabilities and mobility difficulties across south and west Dublin.

Crosscare is a youth information hub with seven satellite areas in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area. They provide information on a wide range of topics including education, training, employment, accommodation, early school leaving and rights .

Festina Lente provides a unique range of equestrian and horticultural activities, training, recreational events and employment services with a strong emphasis on social inclusion, choice and personal development.

Kay McKeon is a designer and cancer patient advocate who is creating an online platform, designed to give cancer patients a trustworthy community to share information and support.

Lakers supports adults and children with intellectual disabilities to grow, learn and enhance their personal skills and confidence through a range of sports and social activities including; football, basketball, cooking, art, skiing, computer literacy, dancing and much more.

The mission of Step Up Ireland is to empower adults with disabilities to become entrepreneurs within their communities.

The Together Academy is a unique college and social enterprise café in Dublin, which will provide people with Down syndrome specialised certified training, on the job experience, future work placements and a critical social and support network. We will transform the employment prospects and lives of young adults with Down syndrome in Ireland

Sunbeam House Services provides a range of supports to adults with intellectual disabilities. We aim to empower people with the necessary skills to live full and satisfying lives as equal citizens of their local communities.

Signal Arts is home to many staff artists from different backgrounds and disciplines. They host many culture and art events & classes throughout the year and facilities weekly art & craft classes for community groups.

Is a profit for impact enterprise. Our vision is to give everyone who wants to work the opportunity of employment and education as a means to improve their well-being regardless of their background or economic status.

If you are interested in finding out more about Social Enterprise

Helena O'Neill

Social Enterprise Development


Phone: 01 70 60 100 / 087 672 8670