We have been named a finalist in the All Ireland Community & Council Awards 2021 under the Best Community Health Initiative category, sponsored by Healthy Ireland.
It’s wonderful to have our work recognised like this on a national level.
‘Relationships Matter: Building ACE Awareness in the Community’ will now go forward with eleven other finalists in that category to the awards ceremony on 27th November 2021.
Our entry shares our innovative approach to promoting community health by raising frontline practitioners’ awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and highlighting the role supportive relationships play in buffering the negative impact of childhood adversity.
We have provided 23 facilitated screenings of the award-winning documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’ to 625 frontline practitioners to date on a pro bono basis and with an emphasis on early intervention.
Attendees include early years professionals, teachers, youth & community development workers, family resources workers, healthcare and allied professionals, social care and social work teams, speech and language therapists and many more disciplines.
A unique aspect of our Resilience facilitated screenings is that we begin with a presentation to contextualise the content of the documentary. We follow with the screening itself and then facilitate a small group peer discussion to provide an opportunity for people to reflect on what they have seen and absorb the impact of the documentary.
We believe that frontline practitioners hold huge potential to make a difference in people’s lives by taking this important information and deepening their awareness of human experience and adversity – for themselves and others – and use that in the work to take a more compassionate approach, wondering ‘what has happened’ to someone rather than ‘what’s wrong’ with them.
This change in perspective alone has a powerful impact on how a frontline practitioner might relate with a person, leading to better health and wellbeing outcomes in communities throughout Ireland as evidence shows that ACE awareness is a first step in supporting those who have experienced adversity.