‘Arise West’ launched by Roscommon LEADER

Patricia Kelly, GRD, Sabina Trench, South West Mayo, Joe Curran, Comhar Na nOilean, Martina Early, CEO Roscommon Leader, Fiona Blaney, Galway City Partnership, Claire Carty, Roscommon Leader, Olivia Ketterick, South Mayo, at the launch of the What’s Your Impact? campaign for ARISE WEST. Photo: James Connolly

Roscommon Leader Partnership this week launched Arise West, a new initiative that will promote the work of social enterprises in Roscommon, Galway and Mayo.

Arise West is a programme to support social enterprise in the West of Ireland and will communicate to the general public about what social enterprises are, how they make a difference and the impact they have on local communities.

At its launch at Knock Airport on Tuesday, Arise West unveiled the new ‘What’s Your Impact?’ campaign, which is aimed at reframing thinking around social enterprise. The campaign focuses the minds of those in the Roscommon, Mayo and Galway regions on what their impact is on their communities, on their county, on their region and on society as a whole and asks the question: What’s Your Impact?

Speaking at the event Martina Early, CEO of Roscommon Leader Partnership said: “We’re coordinating this campaign with all the local development companies in Mayo, Roscommon, the islands, and Galway City and county. We’re delighted to be showcasing all the social enterprises in these counties and to really tell the story of the vital services, the fabulous people, and the communities that keep social enterprises alive and that, especially in the West of Ireland, keep villages and towns open and are the unsung heroes of Ireland”.

As part of their work to support social enterprises, Arise West will be developing an official digital magazine, a six-part event series, infographics, a video interview series and bi-monthly blogs that showcase the diversity of social enterprises in the West of Ireland. By focusing on the positive effects of social enterprise in the west and showcases specific case studies and local communities in each, Arise West will act as a cohesive voice that celebrates the unique landscape of the West of Ireland.