Four Peaks Challenge 2

4 Peaks, 4 Countries, 48 Hours..

4 Peaks
48 hours
1,232 miles to drive in the car
4,220 metres high to climb on foot
€1,800 to raise to help leaders change their communities

What a way to spend a weekend…

On 16-17 July, Andy, Niall and Sam will be climbing Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland), Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scafell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) in less than 48 hours to raise some money for Innovista. We’ll be trying to catch sleep in the car, while our trusty driver Emma will race against the clock to catch a ferry, and drive through the night to transport us from mountain to mountain.

So please, dig deep and make a donation to make it worth our while!
You can give at https://idonate.ie/fourpeakschallenge or, if you live in the UK, gift aid your donation at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Innovistafourpeakschallenge 

Andy and Emma have taken part in Innovista’s Tempo leadership development programme. Sam started Innovista in Ireland seven years ago and ropes Niall (his brother-in-law) into a variety of crazy fundraising and adventure escapades.

We want to help Innovista train young leaders to make their communities better places. Because when leadership is bad, the whole of society does badly – whether that’s a business, charity, church or political party. But when leadership is good, the whole of society benefits. So if we can raise some money to make good leaders who want to make their communities better, then we can have a big impact – for young people in inner city Dublin, for young mums from tough backgrounds in the north, for teenagers who want to see good news stories in their towns (just some of the projects leaders trained by Innovista run in their local communities).

So go on: you don’t have to climb any peaks, but you can donate a few euro/pounds for this worthy cause.

Thank you!

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Four Peaks Challenge

Slieve Donard, Ben Nevis, Scaffel Pike and Snowdon. In 48 hours.
Now that is a challenge!

Probably the biggest one we have taken on as a fundraiser to date.

On 16-17 July Innovista Ireland and Innovista International are hoping to have a few five-person teams (four walkers and one driver) from across the UK and Ireland take on this challenge (and raise some money at the same time). We are looking for willing participants.

Would you be interested in taking up the challenge? (Click a response below or email ireland@innovista.org)

Read someone else’s experience of doing it here.

If you would like a less exhausting, more fun way of helping fundraise for Innovista, we will be entering a team in Runamuck again this year on 24 September.

Introducing… Karen

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We are delighted to have Karen Buttimer join our team! Here’s a little about who she is and what she’ll be doing with us at Innovista…

Where do you live and what brought you there?

I currently live in Belfast. I moved here, from Cork, in 2006 to take up a job with IFES Ireland, covering maternity leave for 7 months. I never left!

How did you first get involved with Innovista?

My first involvement with Innovista was attending Leading for Life in Berlin in 2007. I never imagined that I would someday be the one organising Leading for Life… if I had, I would probably have taken more notice of how things were run! I went back to Leading for Life in 2008 and 2009, and did Tempo in Belfast in 2011/12 (Ashleigh Harrison was also part of that Tempo group!).

What have you been doing until now?

After the maternity leave cover job ended I stayed on with IFES Ireland as their Communications Administrator. In 2010, I moved to work part-time with Latin Link. And in 2014, I started my role with Innovista, working 2 days a week, alongside the Latin Link job.

Until now my main role with Innovista has been as Project Manager for Leading for Life, where my love for organisation comes in useful! Recently I was given the opportunity to work an extra day a week with Innovista, which allows me to do more work with Innovista International on Leading for Life and other similar projects, but also allows me to give some time to Innovista Ireland.

What will you be doing with Innovista Ireland?

At the moment I’m helping out with three main areas:
– Finance
– Working on policies, procedures and systems we need to have in place
– Impact assessments for our training delivery

I also get to be part of the Innovista Ireland team, joining Sam, Ashleigh and Anne for team meetings in Dublin about once a month.

And finally, what has inspired you recently or is inspiring you currently?

Over the last few months I’ve had the privilege of chatting to some of the leaders who were at Leading for Life in Berlin in 2015. I have loved hearing their stories, what they learned at Leading for Life, and how they are putting that into practice where they are. Seeing one girl come back with a real desire to do something in her situation to engage with non-Christians and take steps to make that happen has been so encouraging. Hearing that others have changed how they think about their role, are delegating more, have asked for feedback from their team or are sharing what they learned is exciting – this makes a difference not just to the leaders we train but to their teams, ministries and those they seek to reach!

Come and join us at Leading for Life One Day Dublin in Dublin on 11 June – and meet Karen!

Be equipped to lead change in your community – Leading for Life One Day

 

LFL one day2You want to reach people. You want to see your community changed and church grow. You want to steward your influence and resources wisely.  We recognise leadership can be overwhelming. It can be difficult to know what to do, to be sure that you’re doing the right things.

Leading for Life provides practical training for leaders who want to get better.

Insightful training and the time to apply it means that you will end the day ready and able to act.

Join with like-minded people for one day designed to help you and your team.

 

Leading for Life is designed for leaders, whether volunteer or staff, at all levels in churches and organisations

You will:

  • Gain inspiration and insight from experienced leaders
  • Be helped by purposeful connections with other leaders
  • Have time to process and apply your learning to your own team and ministry
  • Identify your next steps
  • Take action to lead better

 

Find out more at www.leadingforlife.org/dublin and book here

 

 

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We Are Moving

Innovista Ireland is on the move.

The building we have shared office space in with Holy Trinity Church for five happy years in Rathmines was sold and we had to move out.

We are thankful to Holy Trinity for their friendship, partnership and generosity over the past few years.

Our new office is in the city centre close to one of the schools where we deliver our RISE leadership programme. We are looking forward to getting to know our new neighbours IBI, Tearfund Ireland and Christian Unions Ireland.

Our new address is:

Innovista Ireland
Ulysses House
22-24 Foley Street
Dublin 1

Come in and see us!

Learning and leading across the generations

generations

“Mentor us”

“Equip us”

“Give us responsibility and opportunities”

“Release us”

Just some of the responses from 18-35s in churches in Ireland to the question “what would you say to the older generation?”in a recent Vox survey on faith, church and leadership among 18-35s in Ireland.  

We dream of seeing people and communities across Ireland transformed by local churches. To see that happen we need to work together across denominational, organisational and generational boundaries. We need to harness the wisdom of experience with the energy of youth in the shared goal of seeing God’s kingdom here in Ireland as it is in heaven.

On 21 April in Third Space, Smithfield, again in partnership with Vox we are holding an evening with younger and older leaders exploring how we can bridge divides across the generations, learn from each other, work together and facilitate cross generational leadership for the sake of our nation and the Kingdom of God.

Teenagers serving the community – RISE update

Mount Carmel (Autumn 2015)

At the beginning of the academic year we had the privilege of returning to Mount Carmel Secondary School in the Dublin’s North Inner city for the third year in a row. We love working with the students and teachers from this school; we are thankful for the relationship we have built there. This year we had the bonus of two transition year classes instead of just one and it was all systems go as we set out for another 10 weeks of developing young leaders.

The two classes worked well and within each one we began to see the development of ideas  which would positively influence their local communities. The first class decided upon a community clean-up and the second class chose to visit an elderly care home. We love seeing how teenagers can develop a passion for bringing change to the problems they see around them. Being able to equip and empower them to move into action is one of the most exciting parts of RISE.

Mt Carmel (nursing home Autumn 2015)

While the community initiative project is the end of the RISE Leadership Programme, it is not the end of a students’ RISE journey. At the end of the 10 weeks, we offer anyone who wants to be part of our six week RISE Mentoring Programme. Mentoring allows for further development of a young persons’ school or community engagement.

We were delighted that after working with two classes last term, we have 5 students who want to be part of mentoring after Easter. This one-to-one programme enables us to dig deeper into the leadership goals and dreams that a young person has. We work alongside them as they work out a plan to reach and achieve these goals. It is an exciting time as we begin mentoring these teens in the next two weeks. Watch this space for more stories of teenagers bringing hope to inner city Dublin.