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ecreation Education And Community Health
(REACH) RCSI is a community outreach
and access programme that supports the
participation of those from lower socio-
economic groups in education and promotes
lifelong health in the local community of South East Inner
City Dublin. The programme works closely with a number
of local schools and has established links with several
youth, community and sports groups in the locality.
Participants in the 2014 REACH RCSI Programme benefited
from a broad range of educational initiatives and health and
recreation activities, with highlights including the ongoing
success of the REACH RCSI Grinds Club, the "See it, Do it"
Biology Practical Programme and the new Skillet Culinary
Training Programme.
The REACH RCSI Grinds Club is an initiative which aims to
provide free academic support to participants from the local
community of Dublin's South East Inner City, who would
otherwise be unable to access such support. An underpinning
goal of the club is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental
environment in which students can foster a positive view of
education, become familiar with a third level setting and raise
their educational aspirations.
The club takes place twice weekly in the Stephen's
Green campus with RCSI staff and students volunteering
their time to work one-to-one with a learner. Support is
offered on a broad range of subjects at either Junior or
Leaving Certificate level, with additional support provided
including career guidance, study skills, exam techniques,
support with college and grant applications, mock
interviews and oral work.
REACH RCSI supports local community
The REACH RCSI programme enhances education and health in the local community
Dance Instructor, Rachel Sheahan, and Aidan Byrne from Rathmines, Dublin, at the Ballroom of Romance in July 2014, which was
attended by more than 300 senior citizens. The event is organised by REACH RCSI in partnership with the Dublin City Council South
East Area Community Development team.
What the participants said:
"My tutor is very helpful, patient and
willing to explain stuff over and over
again till I understand, which is helping it
stay in."
"I felt the one-to-one teaching was great,
making it much easier to understand and
learn rather than in a large class."