Our Relationships

“It is vital that person-to-person relationships are acknowledged and valued in every interaction as a fundamental aspect of health and wellbeing.
We want people to share their own experiences of their working environments to aid our understanding of the important elements of workplace relationships within this sector."

Dr Maeve Hurley

We welcome opportunities to work with like-minded organisations with shared values and an interest in relationships in frontline practice. Here are just some of the successful collaborations we have undertaken to support our mission and our values.

Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

A collaborative initiative with SHEP and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan

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Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme

Supporting ACE awareness with screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’

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Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

Our collaboration with SHEP (Social and Health Education Project) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan started because of our shared interest in frontline practitioner care and development.

We wanted to explore how we could support frontline workers and open a national conversation about the perception and realities of frontline practice.

‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ has subsequently facilitated several on-line reflective spaces and interactive workshops for frontline practitioners.

The multidisciplinary nature of our attendees is significant, as despite their different professions, they all share common challenges in serving on the frontline, particularly since the arrival of Covid19.

Our goal is to continue to create these safe spaces for practitioners to gather together as a community to reflect on the values and sense of mission and purpose that drew them to their work in the first place and how they can reconnect with this and keep motivated and well.


“Being in roles where your heart has to be in your work can be hard to shoulder alone, and the interaction of your inner life with workplace situations can be painful, so it’s about acknowledging this and coming together to reflect on how we can sustain and support ourselves while supporting others.”

Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan


“It is really important that the challenges and struggles of our work can be aired and that we can have real and honest conversations that acknowledge our common humanity.”

Jim Sheehan, Director of The Social & Health Education Project (SHEP)


“With many services under resourced and under pressure, there often isn’t time for frontline workers to stop and think about how their work is impacting on them.  This is an opportunity for self-awareness, peer support and self-compassion. We hope that attendees will come away feeling nurtured, motivated and reconnected with their work.”

Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht,


Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme

We worked closely with Young Knocknaheeney Area Based Programme, a community prevention and early intervention programme working on the northside of Cork City, to provide two facilitated screenings of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope for teachers in the programme’s catchment area.

Our goal was to raise awareness of the research about Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) and to facilitate a conversation to help teachers to absorb the information, think about its relevance in their work and explore ways of how they can support individuals and families.

Having positive relationships is one of the key components of improved outcomes for people who have experience ACEs.

As licence holders of this powerful documentary, we continue to provide facilitated screenings for teachers and multidisciplinary audiences of frontline practitioners to raise awareness of the impact of ACEs and toxic stress has on health and wellbeing and the importance of positive relationships.


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