Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
I have recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur in the best-established business category.
In March 2014 Siel Bleu Ireland was also a finalist in the King Baudouin Foundation Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing.
Where have you learnt about the competition?
Tell us about your partnerships:
We deliver activity programmes in 51 nursing homes throughout Ireland and have partnered with the following organisations to deliver programmes nationwide; Nutricia Medical, Boehringer Ingelheim, Lloyds Pharmacy, Credit Unions, Irish Men’s Sheds, Fibro Ireland, Arthritis Ireland, Move4parkinsons, Alzheimer’s Ireland, Living Well With Dementia Stillorgan, COPD Ireland, Post Polio Ireland, MS Society, IWA, ICWA.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Cultural perception of APA in Ireland
Physical activity is not seen by all as an effective preventative health measure. Through the publication of the results of the HAPPIER study, we believe that we can over come this challenge
We aim to differentiate ourselves from our competitors by highlighting our non profit and charity status and also by highlighting our effectiveness with the HAPPIER study
Lack of government funding
In France, the government provides finding for exercise programmes,we aim to lobby key government figures in order to highlight our effectiveness