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RCSI ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015
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INITIATIVES IN IRELAND
REACH RCSI
The REACH (Recreation Education And
Community Health) RCSI programme
is the community outreach and access
programme of RCSI. It was established
in 2007 with the aim of supporting
the participation of those from lower
socioeconomic groups under-represented
in education, and to promote lifelong
health in the local community of South
East Inner City Dublin.
The REACH RCSI Programme works with
several DEIS primary and secondary
schools including Presentation Primary
School, Warrenmount; St Enda's
National School, Whitefriar Street;
Sancta Maria Primary School, Synge
Street; Presentation Secondary School,
Warrenmount; CBS, Synge Street; and
CBS, Westland Row. The REACH RCSI
Programme also maintains robust links
with a number of youth, community and
sports groups in the community.
This year's REACH RCSI Programme
supported a wide range of projects and
initiatives, including:
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Guidance and support for CV
preparation, college applications and
grant applications;
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Senior Citizens' Ballroom of Romance in
July 2014;
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Kiran Pathak Scholarship in Pharmacy
2014/2015;
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Free health checks provided by
Mercer's Medical Centre staff in August
2014;
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Free one-to-one tuition at weekly
Junior and Leaving Certificate Grinds
Clubs;
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Debating Science Issues Competition
2014/2015;
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Debating Science Issues National Final
hosted by RCSI in April 2015;
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See it, Do it Biology Practical
Programme for Leaving Certificate
students in November 2014
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Senior Citizen's Christmas Lunch in
December 2014;
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Continued support of Aungier Celtic
Football Club, with the annual RCSI
Shield Match held in February 2015;
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Foundation Year Electives with primary
school children in March 2015;
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Sports Day for local primary school
children at RCSI Sports Grounds in
Dardistown in March 2015;
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Awarding of REACH Bursary to local
secondary school students entering
third-level education; and,
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Transition Year Access Programme.
Skillet Culinary Training Initiative
The overarching aim of the Skillet
Programme was to enhance the life
chances of young people from Dublin's
inner city, disadvantaged by a lack of
employment opportunities, by facilitating
"I exercise more and
added more healthy
food to my diet."
- Women's Health Programme
participant
RCSI IN THE
COMMUNITY
Margaret Farrell enjoying the Ballroom of Romance annual entertainment evening for senior citizens.