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A Small Company With A Big Heart – Three Q’s Recent CSR Activities

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and  Giving Back To The Community Is A Priority For Us.

Here at Three Q, we believe that it is extremely important to give back. We may be a small company, but luckily for us we have a great team with very big hearts! You would be surprised by what we can achieve when our team comes together. (Sometimes we surprise ourselves!)

We always listen to our community and our employees and try to make a difference in whatever way we can!

Here’s a few things that we have been up to this month.

Spare an Hour

We recently ran an internal campaign called Spare An Hour.

This was a campaign in which our entire office and temp staff, donated an hour of their wages to a charity as voted by them. We asked our team to nominate a charity they would like us to support. The charity with the majority vote would be the winner and our winner was The Dublin Simon Community.

We are absolutely over the moon with the results of this campaign and delighted to announce that as a team we raised over €1,167. As a company, we are matching that donation to bring our total donation to €2334.40.

This is such an incredible result and we are so proud of everyone that took part, so Thank you again to all of you that were so generous with your donations!

Dogs Aid

Some of our team members recently visited the Dogs Aid animal sanctuary to visit our newest and cutest team member, Olive.

Dogs Aid is a charity that we very much admire (We are a liiiittle bit dog crazy in the office!). So we decided to adopt Olive. She is a beautiful little Shih-tzu who was found by a very kind man behind bins in City West. When she was found she was already missing one of her eyes. Her other eye was badly damaged and unfortunately had to be later removed. Her sight does not slow her down at all and she can keep up with all of her little doggy friends in the sanctuary!

Once you meet Olive you can see how much she appreciates a cuddle and we are definitely happy to give her one! As a team we look forward to being more involved with Dogs Aid. We hope to visit often and help to raise awareness for such a caring and hard-working community. Visiting the dogs and meeting the volunteers was inspirational. We got to see all of the hard work that goes into the running of the animal sanctuary.

A huge part of our business is giving back to our local community and we are very committed to our CSR policy. We’re all about making a difference. It’s always important to give back and work with charities, especially at this time of year.

We really admire the work that volunteers do for organisations like the Dublin Simon Community and Dogs Aid.

We want to say a massive thank you to all involved in both. You inspire all of us every day.  

Three Q volunteers set to take part in The Alzheimer Café Dublin once again.

Our Three Q volunteers are set to take part in The Alzheimer café once again, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme.  (You can read more about our CSR here). This worthwhile organisation was set up in 2011 to provide information in an environment in which there is openness about dementia. Unlike other support services, the emphasis is on the emotional and psychosocial than the medical aspects of dementia.

three q volunteers the alzheimer cafe corporate social responsibility

A meeting takes place every month.  This month’s Alzheimer Café meeting takes place on Thursday 9th and will feature a special guest who will tell us about her family’s experience of a move from the family home to residential care. Dementia directly impacts on the lives of tens of thousands of people in Ireland. An estimated 48,000 people are living with dementia and the number is set to double in the next 20 years.

Like any café, people come and go, sometimes sitting at tables for a chat over a cup of tea and some cake. There’s then a talk about some aspects of dementia, followed by discussion and more general chat. Hosted in the Avila Centre, Donnybrook, this event is free and welcomes all members of the public.

Enable Ireland – The Impact their Work has on the Lives of Families

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, we help as many organisations as we can.  Today we are shining a light on Enable Ireland and the impact their work has on the lives of families they are involved with.
 Enable Ireland the impact their work has on the lives of families

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood their expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage. They play an essential role in the lives of many families. Here is just one account of the impact their work can have:

Lorcán and Marie Brennan live in Dublin with their three children Fia (aged 5), Thea (3) and Cillian (7 months).

“When Thea was born in 2012 she was critically ill. She was stillborn. The doctors

worked for 8 hours to stabilise her. But she made a good recovery and was doing

well. At six months we were referred to Enable Ireland and weren’t even sure that they would take Thea. We couldn’t see any difference between her and any other six month old babies. We were really shocked when the physio looked at her and, from the way he held her in his hand, said that she would have a significant physical disability for the rest of her life. The initial prognosis was that she would most likely need a wheelchair.

Being told that your child has a disability can be a very lonely experience. Unless you have been told that your child is going to develop differently to other children, you can’t know what that feels like. Worrying about the future is a huge thing. You have to experience it to understand it.

At that point, we made a decision that I would take two years off work and that we would engage fully with Enable Ireland and that whatever they told us to do – we would do it. We really have availed of all the services Enable Ireland has offered, including having a Link Worker for the first year.

I remember my first appointment when Thea was six months old, a tiny baby still in her carry cot. I looked at all these children going in with their parents and another mother asked me if I was ok. I said No. I’m not ok. This is not where I thought I’d be, bringing my baby into a service like this.

Little by little we saw the progress that Thea was making. She moved to a walker. She was delighted with herself, with the freedom it gave her. She started to walk the day after her second birthday. Now she is running around the house. There is no better feeling than that – it’s incredible!

Right now, we are focused on Thea’s communication. We’ve recently finished a course in Lámh (a sign system for children) and we’ve attended the Parenting Plus course run by the Social Work team in Sandymount. For us, the Enable Ireland service has really been a family intervention – it is not just about Thea’s needs – it’s about all our needs.”

Marie Brennan