Life Skills for Schools: ESB announces new partnership with Aware
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Life Skills for Schools: ESB announces new partnership with Aware

ESB have announced a new partnership with Aware aimed at helping the nationwide roll-out of Aware’s Life Skills for Schools programme for Transition Year students nationwide.

Based on Aware’s Life Skills programme for adults, the six-week intensive programme helps students understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions; the impact of external events; how to look at challenges differently; how to develop inner confidence, and how to they can improve their own wellbeing.

The adult version of the Life Skills programme has received very positive feedback from participants in relation to the helpful impact it has had on both their life and their mood. This strategic partnership with ESB over three years will allow Aware to roll out the programme for Transition Year students across Ireland.

Announcing the strategic partnership, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty says: “ESB is proud to support the roll-out of this practical six-week programme which teaches young people invaluable skills often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. ESB staff themselves decide on priority areas in our Corporate Responsibility activities, and how to support positive mental health in young people is particularly close to our hearts.”

Dominic Layden, Chief Executive Officer of Aware, comments: “We are so pleased to have the support of ESB in bringing this programme to more young people across Ireland. Feedback from students who have already participated in the programme shows that it teaches young people really practical, helpful skills that can make a difference to them, to their relationships and to their future. We are really looking forward to bringing the programme to more students across the country.”

Support for the three year partnership comes from ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund. The Fund sees over €2m per year disbursed across a range of community and issues-based initiatives. In 2016, the Fund supported over 200 charities across the island of Ireland.  These charities primarily work in the areas of suicide, homelessness and education. Full details on applying for funding, including eligibility criteria for projects, can be found here.

ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund is open to organisations within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

More information on Aware’s Life Skills for Schools, as well as online application here.


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